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Lifelong Learning

The January 14-20, 2017 issue of The Economist includes a special report on the topic of lifelong learning.  The writers note that lifelong learning today mainly benefits high achievers and likely leads to increased inequality.  The classic model of education that provides many years of learning during youth, supplemented by training at work, is breaking down.  In fact, on-the-job training in the U.S. is shrinking, and more and more people doubt that a four-year degree is worth the cost.  During the 19th and 20th centuries, countries worldwide saw major improvements in education. The Economist argues that we should seek similar breakthroughs today.

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Managing the Learner Relationship to Improve Outcomes

Managing the Learner Relationship to Improve Outcomes

By Niki Wolf, Associate Vice President, Career Services, American Public University System

Innovative technology is rapidly disrupting higher education. When the grades my daughter is earning in elementary school are entered into the county’s grading portal, it can predict how successful she is likely to be in school when she enters ninth grade.  Additionally, when she reaches high school and is ready to take more ownership of her classes, she will be provided a recommended course list complementing her academic strengths and interests. 

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Accountability in Assessment: Projections for Higher Education

Accountability in Assessment: Projections for Higher Education

By Julie Atwood Director of Assessment, American Public University System

The use of assessment in higher education dates back to the earliest learning experiences, but assessment today often refers to a means of evaluating student learning throughout a program or university. Since the 1980s, as a field it has developed to facilitate the self-evaluation of a program, achievement of the school’s mission, or to determine success for a particular area, such as writing.

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The Adaptive Paradigm: To Adapt, or not to Adapt?

Dr. Phil Ice, VP of Research and Development at American Public University System

Adaptive learning is a current hot-button topic permeating higher education. In their quest to improve learning outcomes while increasing scalability, countless institutional administrators, program directors, and faculty are trying to determine which of the vast array of adaptive learning offerings may be the online learning equivalent of the Holy Grail.

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Tracking Key Education Trends on a Late Summer Day

By Jeffrey McCafferty, Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning at the American Public University System

Late summer and early autumn is one of my favorite times to visit New York City. The weather is warm, people are bustling, and there is a sense of starting anew as summer vacations have concluded and all are back to work.

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Engaging Online Faculty

Engaging Online Faculty & Administrators in the Assessment Process

Online educators providing a comprehensive overview of quality assurance, a snapshot of current practices and proven recommendations for raising standards of quality in online education.

By Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm, Vice President and Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System

 

Foreword by Wally Boston:

The Quality Matters organization developed a very famous rubric for evaluating the quality of online courses, and online educators throughout higher education utilize this rubric.

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APUS Is First Three-Time Sloan Award Recipient

American Public University System has received a Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Effective Practice Award for its “Online Learning Contact Hour Calculator,” an adaptive model for calculating contact hours. This makes us the first three-time winner of the award. The university was recognized today at the annual Sloan-C

International Conference on Online Learning.

More information: APUS Named First Three-Time Recipient of Sloan Consortium Effective Practice Award

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Online Disruption, MOOC Mania, and Change in Higher Education – How Crazy (or Bad) Will it Get?

(keynote delivered at the Distance Learning Administration Conference on June 5, 2013)

I began writing this speech nearly three months ago.  A week and a half ago, I wrapped it up and thought I had better run through it one last time in case any new educational technology had been released that I needed to discuss today. 

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