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.
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.
In the Aug. 24, 2015 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Natalie Kitroeff discusses the results of the July 2014 bar exam. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) creates and scores the multiple choice part of the test used in all states except Louisiana. Last year, those results dropped the most ever in the exam’s 40-plus year history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Phil Ice, vice president of research and development at American Public University System. Phil answered questions about institutional data sources, data analysis, and analytics in higher education. The interview took place with WCET during a conference earlier this year.
Read the complete interview here: Episode Three of Three Big Questions
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
(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.