#FutureEd Initiative: Institutional Change Wiki

#FutureEd Initiative: Institutional Change Wiki

This wiki is for institutional change, including ideas and road maps for leading change and scaling innovation across a learning or educational institution.  (NB: Please contribute to the "pedagogical innovations" wiki for innovations explicitly designed for teaching and learning and intended for the classroom.  This is designed to model  changed educational, disciplinary, departmental, other institutional structures and paradigms, small and large. MOOCs are one example.  What are other models?)


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Source or location:  

Short Description (inc comment on what kind of change is addressed):

Sample Project:




TitleASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs)

Source or location:  Borough of Manhattan Community College; story, Atlantic: http://m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/how-to-escape-the-comm... by Ann Hulbert, "How To Escape the Community College Trap"

Short Description: Begun in 2007 under Mayor Bloomberg's Center for Economic Opportunity, the ASAP progrma deserves consideration now as an institutional innovation because it runs exactly counter to the logic of MOOCs and most other self-designed programs for lower income students.  Research shows that successful completion of online courses (MOOCs and otherwise) requires exceptional motivation and often enculturation into the norms of self-paced learning.   ASAP goes the opposite direction and is based on the research that success depends on structured, clear, demanding programing, constant advisory supervision by mentors, peers, and teachers, exceptional guidance, and clear rewards for success (Metro Cards, loans forgiven, and other clear financial outcomes for academic success). 

Sample project:   "Take Harvard, where the rising elite chart their paths within well-designed parameters: the college offers a bachelor’s degree in 48 academic fields only to full-time, residential students, who must also fulfill carefully articulated general-education requirements. Their first-year experience unfolds under the supervision of an entire team. . . Compare that with nearby Bunker Hill Community College, as Judith Scott-Clayton, a professor at Columbia University, has done. ...As to plotting a course of study and then staying on it, community-college students are largely on their own."--quoted from Atlantic article.

URL: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/asap/

Keywords: community college, college success, mentoring, advising


Title:        Bass Connections  

Source or location:  Duke University 

Short Description: Bass Connections is a new university-wide initiative that re-envisions the typically scattered and disconnected version of general education by offering students interrelated theoretical and problem-based pathways through the curriculum.  It begins with a topical team-taught introductory overview course required in the first year, then proposes related courses for remaining distribution requirements, and culminates in students working in research teams of undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty dedicated to complex challenges.  Bass Connections is by design interdisciplinary and extends, amplifies, and deepens more field-specific discipline-based majors.

Sample Projects: Topical areas include Brain and Society; Information, Society and Culture; Global Health; Education and Human Development; and Energy. 

URL: http://bassconnections.duke.edu/

Keywords: general education, problem-based learning, research learning, interdisciplinarity, liberal arts



Title: British Columbia Education  Plan 2014, K-12      

Source or location: British Columbia, Canada

Short Description:  British Columbia’s education system is among the world’s best. B.C. students are learning well at school and scoring well on international exams.  So it is fitting that leaders of this excellent educational system should also be leading the world in a new plan to make it more innovative, modernizing it so it becomes flexible and more responsive to students’ and families’ needs. One of the keys is to personalize learning by putting students at the centre of learning so they can follow their own interests and passions within the topic matter.  It provides additional support to teachers, involves family, and, as a next phase, plans to find alternatives to high-stakes, summative, end-of-year testing in favor of real-time feedback or formative challenges and testing. 

URL: http://www.bcedplan.ca/theplan.php

Keywords: educational reform, personalized learning, formative assessment


Title: DukeOpen     

Source or location: The Duke Chronicle, "DukeOpen victory suggests new model for activism" by Bobo Bose-Koluna

Short Description: In 9 months, a 4-person student team led a campaign, called DukeOpen, that successfully advocated for endowment transparency and investment responsibility at Duke University. They secured the largest reforms to Duke University's endowment in a decade. "DukeOpen’s massive victory demonstrates that structural change begins with students. An effective activist model must include strong research, a mastery of bureaucracy and a willingness to employ traditional grassroots escalation as needed, rather than as a first-resort. With a proven model in hand, activists have a powerful tool to generate credibility and bring change to our University."

URL: http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2014/01/30/dukeopen-victory-sugges...

Keywords: educational reform, student-led


Title:   Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) 

Source or location: Michigan Community Colleges

Short Description:  In addition to other missions, LAND has added a forward-looking digital literacy component and competition for community college students in Michigan.  LAND seeks to develop and to promote a network for strengthening the liberal arts in Michigan community colleges. Mission LAND's mission is to (1) Explore the values and relevance of the liberal arts to our colleges and communities, (2) Unify and integrate the liberal arts with our curricula as appropriate, (3) Identify and work toward improving liberal arts instruction, (4) Plan for the immediate, short-term, and future needs of liberal arts education and instruction, and (5) Meet on a regular basis to work toward achieving the above objectives

Sample Project:  LAND Conference and LAND Digital Literacy Prize: http://www.landconference.org/digital/index.html   New competition designed to inspire digital literacy

URL:  http://www.landconference.org/index.html

Keywords: digital literacy, community colleges, liberal arts, Michigan



Title:   PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge  

Source or location: Duke University

Short Description: To prepare doctoral students for future teaching and research where digital fluency, online publishing, and collaborative methodologies are increasingly important, the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke provides an arena in which PhD students in humanities and interpretive social sciences and MFA students in Experimental Documentary Media and Arts can learn together.   The emphasis is on ways to use new digital scholarship, engage with its challenges, and see its promise for their own research and professional lives within or outside the university. In the PhD Lab, we seek to balance the practical and the conceptual by allowing participants to prototype projects and receive peer feedback to enrich their understanding of the potential of digital scholarship. 

Sample Projects:  Each PhDLab Scholar builds a professional website for his/her own cv, syllabi, open source articles, blog posts, related interests.   Other graduate student-designed projects:  SoundLab, Ecology of Networks

URL:  http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/phdlab/

Keywords: digital literacy, digital humanities, professional development




Title: SparkTruck             

Source: SparkTruck, Stanford University

Short Description: The SparkTruck is a mobile makerspace filled with 3-D printers, laser-cutters and other 21st Century shop tools that was initiated by a group of Stanford students curious about making, education and technology. Their goal is to inspire creative confidence in youth and they travel around the United States working with youth on hands-on projects.

URL: http://sparktruck.org/

Keywords: makerspaces, digital humanities. mobile learning





Title:     Creative Experience

Source or location:  Longmans, Green & Company, 1924.

Short Description:  Follett's seminal work on group change processes has influenced several generations of change theorists.  Some of her key principles for effecting change in an organization or other social setting:

1.  Individuals are motivated by opportunities to further values they hold.

2.  Individuals will support cooperative arrangements to the extent that they can see that those arrangements further values important to them.

3.  Situations in which value conflicts have arisen contain opportunities to create sustainable social power.

4.  Power is created, not by trading off the values that are in conflict, but by interweaving those values into a new situation in which individuals realize that, by cooperating, they each can further values importan to them.

5.  This kind of cooperation is best achieved at the motor level; that is, individuals should not try to negotiate their way to cooperation.  Rather they should identify a small project that they can both agree upon.  While working on that smaller project opportunities will present themselves to broaden that relationship and thereby increase the social power in the situation.

This is a crude summary of a complex and compelling way of addressing social change.

Sample Project:  This paper contains several case studies showing how Follett's theories (and others) relate to change processes in higher education in particular.


Keywords: social psychology, integration, cooperative change, strategy


Many years ago there was a book, Learning through discussion where successful discussions and workshops were documented and compared to those that did not succeed. Similar events, as the above, have been documented.

What is of interest to me, as with the above mentioned book, are there solid examples of reverse engineering. Arthur D. Little's think tank carefully did such successfully as we have seen with Synectics and other consulting/problem-solving companies. Others have developed similar "paradigms" in business- but limited and focused.

Max Boisot's seminal work on what he termed the "social learning cycle" (a knowledge cycle) and the many works on innovation by clayton Christensen and others document and analyze much as does Gartner and their Hype Cylce. These have proven useful in planning and futures thinking but do not attempt to offer a vehicle for disrupting these cycles or managing them, at least overtly (We will not discuss covert efforts, here).

There are charismatic type movements but usually driven by singular individuals in religion and politics both covertly and overtly.