Friday, October 17, 2014

New Models of Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed
October 17th, 2014

In recent years, a succession of new educational models have been held up as the future of higher education.
The next-generation university, we are told, will be built around flipped classrooms.  Or competency-based education. Or, perhaps, clicks will replace bricks, with instruction moving online.
Team-based learning, mentored research, collaborative education emphasizing peer-to-peer instruction, or problem-based learning – these, too, have been called the future of a post-secondary education.
Too often, a single model is deemed the solution to higher education’s challenges: high costs, deficient student engagement, or unsatisfactory graduation rates.
Instead of embracing a single solution, institutions might consider implementing differentiated paths to a degree.  Students, then, might choose the path that best reflects their needs and aspirations.

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