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Higher Ed: Exceeding Expectations

  • July 15, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Carol L. Folt

The Wall Street Journal

Article excerpt

How to Fix Higher Education

Legacy thinking, outdated teaching models and poor facilities, among other things, leave us at risk of failing our students—some of whom are given low scores for preparedness across key learning outcomes, such as analytical thinking and applying their skills to the real world. Furthermore, bureaucracy and red tape are hindering our research efforts.

Our take

New Approaches for Higher Ed Instruction

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt has identified some options for alternative ways of connecting with students at the higher-ed level, including a greater focus on flipped classrooms, a move away from the “winner takes all” approach to testing and more partnerships with private companies. She suggests these methods may yield better results and has some use case examples to prove it. Is it time for a major shake-up in higher education?

It’s past time; many universities are already moving toward the options that Folt raises in this piece. Making such significant shifts, though, can take time as educators learn new teaching methods and become more comfortable and familiar with the technology options available to them. Gaps in access to technology also exist, especially in low-income or rural areas, meaning that some options aren’t equitably available to all. Increasingly, though, today’s teachers are supported by learning environments that are enhanced by the ability to gather, online or offline, synchronously or asynchronously, to create more dynamic and impactful learning environments.