Essays and Opinion - Emerging Trends in Higher Education
A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network by Derek Bruff. From the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Students aren't eager to be seen as poor writers by their peers, so they step up their game when writing for other students. Also, they know that their peers don't understand the course content as well as their instructors do, so they tend to provide better explanations when writing for peers. The papers they wrote for my course weren't just academic exercises; they were authentic expressions of learning, open to the world as part of their "digital footprints.”Becoming Glocal: I think I Might By J.R. Jamison. The idea of one becoming a global citizen through service engagement—what does that really mean?
New Communication Tools and Building Global Citizenship- by Joshua Goldstein and Jeremy Goldberg. New communication tools are fundamentally altering the way our society reads the news, expresses creativity, socializes and shops. Just as with the development of every new technology, these same communication tools can be used for enhancing community understanding, citizenship and service-learning.
Opinion: Myths of Online Education - by Steve Kolowich from Inside Higher Ed. One of higher education’s biggest exports is skepticism. So it is perhaps unsurprising that, whereas many educators have questioned the virtue of online education, others would question the way in which the questioners have questioned online education.
Opinion: Social Innovation: A matter of scale by Steve Davis. Is “innovation” the new black? It has certainly displaced old taglines from the ’80s and ’90s that were all about “solutions” and “catalysts.”
Reconfiguring Civic Engagement on Campus: What Are the Levers for Change? by Caryn McTighe Musil, senior vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U. In this excerpt from an essay on "Remapping Education for Social Responsibility: Civic, Global, and US Diversity," the author describes how the civic learning movement can deepen connections to the global and US diversity education movements, building critical alliances in educating for democratic engagement.Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction by Courtney E. Martin & Lisa Witter From the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Cultural entrepreneurship is different than social entrepreneurship because it is primarily focused on reimagining social roles and motivating new behaviors.
University’s Proposed Social-Media Policy Draws Cries of Censorship by Alexandra Rice in the Chronicle of Higher Education. A draft social-media policy at Sam Houston State University—which would force anyone with a campus-related Twitter, Facebook, or other online account to give university administrators editing privileges—led to calls of censorship by students. Now officials say they will revisit the plan.