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Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?

Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?

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.

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Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

At American Public University System, we recently completed a successful project to update the peer-reviewed Internet Learning Journal, which focuses on research and advancements in online learning. Our successful incorporation of rich media and interactive elements in the Journal led to a new initiative to utilize the same technology to build out state-of-the-art course applications for a 40-course pilot project to complement our traditional Learning Management System.  

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Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

In the July/August issue of Educause Review, Malcom Brown discusses six trajectories for digital technologies in higher education. As he explains, the pace of technology change can be interrupted by many factors, including the acceleration of newer technologies, so trajectories are more descriptive than predictions.

Before discussing these trajectories, Brown sets the context by defining three characteristics of today’s technology utilization in higher education.

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The Devil is in the Details

The Devil is in the Details

The Wall Street Journal wrote this week, Japan Rethinks Higher Education in Skills Push, Aug. 2, 2015 about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funding proposal for Japanese universities, noting that liberal arts would be pushed back in favor of business or vocational programs. The prime minister asked that the 86 nationally-funded universities submit restructuring proposals that either focused on achieving global leadership in scientific research or on vocational training.

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The NCAA Final Four – A Weekend to Remember

The NCAA Final Four – A Weekend to Remember

Two weeks ago, I attended the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis. It was not my first Final Four as I attended previously in 2001 (Minneapolis) and 2010 (Indianapolis). I was able to attend because my undergraduate alma mater, Duke University, qualified and then won its assigned bracket in the South region. As a Duke alum, it was thrilling to watch my team win and to see some old friends I hadn’t seen in a few years.

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Podcast: Pioneering Learning Relationship Management

This week, I’m featuring a podcast from former APUS Chief Operations Officer Dr. Sharon van Wyk and Fidelis Founder and CEO Gunnar Counselman discussing how the organizations are working to enhance student engagement and successful outcomes through their innovative Learning Relationship Management partnership.

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Wally Boston

‘THE END OF COLLEGE: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere’ by Kevin Carey

The best non-fiction tells a story rather than provides an analytical narrative. Kevin Carey’s new book, The End of College, weaves a compelling story about innovations in information technology that will disrupt the meritocracy of elite colleges and universities and enable low-cost education for hundreds of millions of people worldwide: “The University of Everywhere.”

Instead of attending traditional institutions, students will access books, lecture videos, and digital learning environments through the Internet.

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Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

The 12th annual report from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium) that tracks the growth of online education has been released.

This year’s report is notable for several changes. After 10 years of discussing the need for the Department of Education to track online enrollments, the National Center for Educational Statistics has begun to track online enrollments through its IPEDS data collection process.

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Leading the Way: Capitalizing on Disruption to Improve Online Education

By Patricia J. Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Vice President at American Public University System

Renowned higher education expert Clayton Christensen has suggested that competency-based education (CBE) is one of today’s major disruptive innovations. Higher education needs to adapt in order to meet the increasingly challenging environment in which the Academy is situated (Weise and Christensen, 2014).

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Online Library

Moving from Idea to Innovation: Live Librarian Instruction in a First-Year Online Course

By: Dr. Angela M. Gibson, Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, American Public University System
Priscilla Coulter, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System
Susan Sartory, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System

At the recent 2014 Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, we had the honor of presenting,Bringing the Library to Life: Live Librarian Instruction in a First-Year Online Course.” The primary goals of our collaborative research were to increase student connection to the APUS Online Library, to enhance academic research skills, and foster student success in a first-year online course.

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