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Posted By Administrator, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013

August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011 Wells Maine -- I am in the middle of an all-day faculty development day at York Country Community College. More than half of the faculty is here. We spent the morning in a mix of my talking and some group work. This afternoon, we are doing only group work. YCCC just acquired Digication.

On the 18th of August, 12 days ago, I was at North East State in Tennessee. There, a STEP program has been in place for years, aimed at incorporating more active learning designs. Almost no one at NE State had heard of eportfolios,but when I mentioned them in the middle of a long session about active learning, afterwards most of the questions were related to eportfolios. Then, in the afternoon session, that was all we talked about.

At both of these colleges, and in the work we are doing with the FIPSE project "Connect to Learning,” I am finding so much more openness about alternative, high-impact learning practice than even a few years ago that the conversation is now much easier. Practice may not have changed a whole lot at this point, but I have never before seen such receptivity to new models for learning. And I’ve been doing this for 25 years.

Since higher education in the U. S. is among the strongest and most vital institutions in our society, there is reason to hope for fundamental adaptation to the new facts of our lives today. There is hope that higher education can in fact re-vitalize our society.


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