Edubytes: Emerging trends in higher education
Welcome to the Edubytes newsletter, featuring articles that focus on innovations in teaching and learning in higher education.

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In this issue:

1. Inclusive Learning
2. Innovative Frameworks

Inclusive Learning

Today's college students aren't who you think they are

This NPR piece looks at nontraditional students and how they have become the new normal, not just recently, but over the last 20 years. A majority of undergraduates now fall into categories including being financially independent, having a child or other dependent, being a single caregiver, as well as several others. The piece discusses how the shifting demographics should influence policy changes.

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Innovative Frameworks

Not your mother's online class
Curtis Newbold, co-chair of the Master of Strategic Communication at Westminster College in Utah, discusses the innovative, hybrid program, which involves online and face-to-face instruction, student projects with outside organizations, and a mentoring and coaching approach to teaching. Newbold says, “My own experiences as an educator suggest that this model really does help people learn how to learn better than the traditional, somewhat hand-holding model does, particularly with graduate students. Hearing student feedback and observing student progress is exhilarating and rewarding.”

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Connected educators - Connected Learning Alliance
In this extensive set of interviews, the author Howard Rheingold speaks with more than 100 educators who exemplify connected learning, “a fundamentally different mode of learning from education that is centered on fixed subjects, one-to-many instruction and standardized testing.” The pieces here are some of his most relevant picks for learner agency, co-learning, making, 21st-century learners, networked publics, media literacy, civic engagement and pedagogy. 

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Fulfilling the American dream: Liberal education and the future of work
This report published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities summarizes findings from two national surveys, one of business executives at private sector and nonprofit organizations and another of hiring managers. Both groups expressed a higher degree of confidence in colleges and universities than the American public and said college is important and worth the investment of time and money.Learning outcomes that both audiences rated as most important include oral communication, critical thinking, ethical judgment, working effectively in teams, written communication and the real-world application of skills and knowledge. Those surveyed also valued internships and apprenticeships.

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2018 NMC Horizon Report
This annual Horizon Report published by EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium looks at key trends accelerating higher education technology adoption, significant challenges impeding technology adoption and important developments in technology for higher education. The report also includes 18 projects at institutions that exemplify the findings of the report.

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Research on engaging learners - Teaching in Higher Ed
In this episode of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, Peter Felten, professor of history, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University in North Carolina, discusses insights and research on engaging learners. To contextualize the episode, Felten references a quote from How Learning Works. “Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn.” Felton adds, “I love that quote because it captured my own experience. I can’t learn former students. My goal is to influence what they do and what they think. And so the challenge for engagement, it seems to me, is to shape what our students do and what they think in the most productive ways possible.”

Felten was also recently the keynote speaker at UBC’s Celebrate Learning WeekWatch his talk on Improving the Undergraduate Experience.

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