While much debate ensues over what higher education should become, many faculty are left to live this transitional time with little communication and support about how and what to change. Unlike K-12 teachers' lounges, we have no physical or virtual space outside department meetings to commune and collaborate.
As an educator, maker, leader, and professor, this site is meant to provide insights about, resources for and experiences with contending with the "changing ecology of higher education". Professional development on teaching and learning in a college context is more important than ever as we grapple with a changing student demographic, and the need for instructional innovations. K-12 resources can be adapted for college instruction since both now share a focus on accountability and external pressures understanding the implications of brain research for teaching and learning, incorporating technology in the classroom, and creating learning experiences for socially diverse student populations (including social class, ability, sexual orientation and gender).
Perhaps equally important is cultivating an innovator's mindset to rethinking teaching and learning in our individual contexts, solving new and emerging problems as they arise and possessing the knowledge and tools to risk failure to achieve success. This approach is the exact reality for which we are preparing college graduates for professional life and active citizenry.
The changes in education require educators at any level to seek (immersive) professional learning to be effective in a 21st-century classroom.
Food for Thought
Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live to Princeton, NJ on Friday, October 21, 2016 featuring keynote speaker Andrew Marcinek, former Chief Open Education Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, who will discuss the DOE’s #GoOpen initiative, and a full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. Click image for more info and to register.