Exploring Meaningful Measures of Accountability
This first appeared on the Educause Transforming Higher Education blog, co-written with my friend and Davidson colleague, Shireen Campbell.
Assessing the quality of and accounting for the value of a college degree are hot topics in US higher education policy. Both the introduction of the EQUIP program and the recent proposed rule for federal loan forgiveness demonstrate that the government wants more assurance from higher education that we are doing what we say we are doing.
I’ve been a director of academic technology at Davidson College for 10 years now. Like many of my colleagues, I’m also a practitioner. It has always been my position that maintaining some level of practice is a good idea in this field. Understanding when technology is simply a tool in support of the method and when that tool begins to shape the method is an important distinction. Shifts in edtech can be small until they’re seismic.
…or are we working for MOOCs?
Jason B. Jones pointed out the humorous accidental slug for my post on Inside Higher Ed: www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/are-moocs-working-us. Funny, but are they working us? We’ll have some thoughts on this once we sift through the data in early spring, 2015. Stay tuned…
As an introduction, formal research is not something most instructional technologists have the time or the expertise to execute. As technology increasingly forces residential education to question our traditional value proposition, we owe it to our students and faculty to make sure it is an intentional part of any major technology investment that touches teaching and learning. And I admit, it’s fun and informative work! We will submit four posts on our rationale, process, results and recommendations around the DavidsonX MOOC experiment, and would love to collaborate with others. I am interested in a network of liberal arts researchers dedicated to lifting our powerful, thoughtful student voices in conversation with faculty about the future of residential higher education.