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Title: ASAP (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.
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.
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.
Keywords: educational reform, personalized learning, formative assessment
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."
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
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
Keywords: digital literacy, digital humanities, professional development
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.
Keywords: makerspaces, digital humanities. mobile learning