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Instructors and campus leaders should be proud of themselves for the year they’ve endured. 2020 has provided opportunities to experience growth, compassion, and most important, empathy. In this post, we wanted to capture some of the lessons learned in 2020 that could guide us in 2021, especially in higher education for communicating and leading online with empathy.
Part I - Activities that Create an Excellent Online Experience The sudden, unplanned move to distance learning during spring 2020 rocked the world of face-to-face instructors. Many institutions lacked fully formed distance-learning alternatives and/or distance-learning training programs, leaving in-person instructors scrambling during their transition to online learning. Many attempted to recreate the in-person classroom through the use of video technologies, quickly realizing that engaging students in digital learning activities and conducting classroom interactions was very different from the face-to-face classroom.
While transitioning face to face courses to online, instructors should modify the face to face activities to make best use of online communication technologies and pedagogies. Lecturing online should consist of both lecture and reading through synchronous and/or asynchronous learning activities. Learn to strike a balance and explore the question, what should my students be doing with their time in my online course?
This post provides a four-part design process for planning remote lessons. It is recommended that these guidelines are used to assist in planning synchronous meetings that can be used for more interactive and engaging work.
As classroom instruction moves increasingly online, it's critical to explore the differences between on-ground and virtual modalities. The primary challenge online is to achieve the right mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. A thoughtful combination of lecture, demonstration, and performance, along with individual and group exercises - combine to enrich the student experience and learning outcomes. This post provides a high-level outline of best practices and general guidelines designed to assist in the translation of on ground to a virtual learning environment.
Quality engagement between faculty and students is one of the most challenging aspects of online learning. This post outlines high-level critical points required to infuse online courses with authentic class collaboration and interaction focused on concept reinforcement.
This month's episode of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Lee Johnston, CEO of Strut Learning. In the conversation with Rodney B. Murray, The Pulse's host, Johnston discusses the company's learning management system focused on subscription offerings and competency-based learning.
Disruptive forces are sweeping the educational landscape. As this wave increases in amplitude, a responsive student learning experience and quality outcomes remain the keys to growth. In this post, we’re going to explore why these two concepts are so important.
Disruptive forces are sweeping the educational landscape. Fast-growing universities are smartly leveraging modern technology to create an operational ecosystem designed to build strong relationships required to grow at scale. Are you a leader in Higher Education or slowly being left behind?
Legacy systems don't provide all core learning functionalities within a single platform and thus force clients to loosely integrate external SaaS services. The legacy result is data fragmentation that drives up costs and student dissatisfaction. A new approach was severely overdue.
The innovative flexible learning platform developed by Strut Learning is now being used for Extended Education courses. A pair of grants, one a state grant with Woodlake School District for improving teacher education and the other from Better Together California, made the development of the courses possible.
Get work done faster. The Workflow system listens for transactions and AUTOMATICALLY adds them to your todo list. The system can monitor all your courses; when it detects an event you’re monitoring (e.g., final assessment submission, early alert, etc.) it seamlessly generates a new task. Workflow allows faculty to organize and keep track of important tasks.
Comprehensive Step-By-Step Competency Based Education (CBE) Start Up Kit. Includes detailed action plans to design, implement, and evaluate a competency based education initiative.
Leverage this innovation to improve student engagement 100% in both traditional on-ground and online classrooms. Engage like never before...
Strut Learning, Inc. has partnered with the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) to enable its first full CBE program.
Lipscomb University selected Strut Learning as their partner in CBE to help ignite growth in their FLEX program. They have exceeded their goals, doubling the size of the program in its College of Professional Studies.
To tap into the underserved market of adult students who would like to enroll in post secondary programs, colleges and universities need to reimagine programs and deliver in new ways. The alternative for many of these students is not attending at all.
Forbes column details results of efforts by the Texas Public Policy Foundation to study the possibilities of an alternative to traditional higher education.
Thomas Edison State University to launch new competency based education program. Strut Learning is selected as its technology and service partner.
There are startling and worrying statistics in the Educational Policy Institute report on students who drop out of college. There should be better solutions for them when they re-enroll.
The California Community College system is embarking on an initiative to create a new online college focused on offering competency based education for certificates that meet working adult's needs and dreams. This has been our focus for over three years. Read why Chancellor Oakley thinks this initiative is essential.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently profiled how WGU changed the game by focusing on the role of mentorship and coaching. Check to see how Sagence Learning's President sees the innovation
Businesses and corporations have become intimately involved with creating new training and learning programs that traditionally have been fully controlled by colleges and universities. This article details how some companies have partnered closely with universities to address the shortage of qualified potential employees for the fastest growing parts of their businesses. http://hechingerreport.org/impatient-universities-slow-pace-change-employers-go-around/
Learn how we help clients design this into distance education courses, allow them to manage without overwhelming faculty, and provide tools to evaluate impact and demonstrate compliance.
Read more about how a Sagence Learning Partner is meeting the workforce needs of the communities that it serves
Sagence Opinion Corner - Hechinger Report on how The University of Maine at Presque Isle hopes new approach will produce more skilled workers for a struggling region
Sagence thoughts on McKinsey & Company's report 'Education to Employment: Designing a system that works.'
The team at Sagence Learning looks forward to meeting with you at the UNC CBE SUMMIT 2017 on May 25th in Chapel Hill
A new survey released by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides a framework for addressing the role of technology in improving postsecondary teaching and learning.
Laureate Education just became the first IPO of a company that's legally allowed to sacrifice profit in exchange for purpose, though the for-profit education industry has had a hard time finding any purpose at all.
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. In this webinar with Dr. O.T. Wendell, PhD of A.T. Still Health Sciences University, we'll explore how ATSU worked with Sagence Learning to create a model to guide the design, development, delivery, and support of their competency-based methodologies, detail how ATSU and Sagence Learning established a process and plan to create and launch ATSU's first certificate in Behavioral Health, and learn a general framework of how a university insured that its CBE initiative got the internal agreement and effort needed to successfully launch a CBE program.
A recent article in HRDrive discusses emerging trends in Corporate Training to address employee skills gap issues. These trends include: utilizing external resources to bring in real world experiences that provide context and relevance to help keep employees engaged, implementing new technologies to better support the training experience, and digital credentialing to recognize the training.
Serving as Associate Vice President of Sales and Strategy, Kelly McCready has been a dedicated team member since Sagence Learning initially launched its CBE initiatives in 2014.
Personalized learning is not a product you can buy - it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies.
Fears about impact on general education - once a roadblock for many institutions considering CBE - no longer seems an obstacle.
The Center City college developed the program in response to the amount of tech professionals who lack a degree yet need one to advance in their career.
Competency-based education is becoming a worldwide trend, enabling adults to more easily train for career changes and acquire skills they need to keep vital.
About fifty years ago, U.S. higher education began to face unprecedented demand from students seeking college degrees. Now, most people agree that every citizen should have access to post secondary educational opportunities in order to insure economic well-being and personal fulfillment.
Technology has virtually touched almost every aspect of our lives today, and education is no exception. Disruptive innovation in the form of online learning is a catalyst to bring about a more equitable approach to high-quality education.
Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell delivered his final speech as a senior member of the Obama administration on Thursday morning at Northeastern University, saying that innovation in higher education is critical to the success of the nation’s democracy.
Joining over two years ago as our Senior Director of Data and Analytics, Sridhar Avula has over 20 years of experience in Data Warehousing Architecture.
U.S. News & World Report announced its annual rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and City University of Seattle was ranked among the best for the fifth consecutive year.
To broaden accessibility to higher education in the Philadelphia region, Peirce College and Harcum College have partnered to bring affordable bachelor's degree programs to Harcum's campus.
Traditional learning-to-employment pathways are becoming a thing of the past, and educators and employers should instead focus on supporting competency-based approaches to education, training and hiring.
Standing on the edge of 2017, ahead of a Trump presidency that even 12 months ago hardly anyone predicted, means both that change is coming and direction is far from certain. In this first Wake-Up Call of 2017, we present five predictions for higher education focused on innovation and non-traditional schools.
Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country.
Most "personalized learning" in classrooms today completey misses the mark. The edtech market is crowded with companies who claim to be offering personalized learning products and services.
In light of rising college tuitions, Walden University steps forward to provide a new solution that can save students time and money.
As a teacher, you may prefer traditional classrooms full of residential students, but virtual education is here to stay and offers significant benefits, writes Robert Ubell.
Affordability is one of many potential advantages for students engaging in competency-based education (CBE). The opportunity to accelerate learning and thus time-to-credential; alternative pricing structures such as all-you-can-take subscription models; and credit for prior learning may all afford cost savings for students.
Brandman University, provider of accredited educational opportunities for working adults, announced today the availability of its Marquis Partnership to VIZIO employees, resulting in additional educational and professional opportunities.
Sagence Learning Instructional Designer, Christen Beck, examines the teaching responsibilities of faculty members within a competency-based program and how the model empowers educators.
The Tennessee Department of Education announced new steps forward in its work to personalize learning for all students today, with a report that outlines key strategies and actions the department will take to support school districts in this area.
Sagence Learning, Inc. the leading provider of Competency based technology designed to empower colleges and universities to provide flexible, learner-directed, affordable education, today announced a partnership with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).
Peirce College and Sagence Learning, Inc. have partnered to create the institution's first competency-based bachelor's degree program in Information Tehnology.
We sat down with Theresa Horner, the Senior Vice President of Product and Content for Strut™ to learn more about competency-based education (CBE), its popularity and what Strut is learning from the schools using their CBE platform.
Sagence Learning is excited to announce our newest partnership with The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools, a competency-based professional development curriculum for reading teachers developed by Dr. Deborah Glaser.
In February of 2016, Sagence Learning, Inc. launched its first adaptive Math Supplement, designed as a refresher for the prerequisite math skills necessary for success in higher education and the workforce.
Scheduled to launch in September 2016, Peirce College’s Bachelor of Science in information technology (networking, administration, and information security) is a competency-based degree program that will provide experienced adult learners with an affordable path to degree completion and professional success in the IT field.
ESC’s team worked with Sagence Learning, Inc. to convert three courses into competency-based experiences delivered through the Sagence learning platform. The below findings and recommendations are based on the experiences of Empire State’s coach, faculty, technical staff, and student participants. The information presented below is based on focus groups, surveys, and behavioral analytics collected by the platform.
Brandman University launched a competency-based direct assessment program. Designers of the BBA program focused their attention on ensuring flexibility for the student through use of technology, offering high quality online content, and incorporating faculty expertise into design process.