Open University Innovations Report #1
The first report looks at ten innovations:
1. Assessment for learning
2. Badges to accredit learning
3. Learning analytics
5. New pedagogy for e-books
6. Personal inquiry learning
7. Publisher led mini-courses
8. Rebirth of academic publishing
9. Rhizomatic learning
10. Seamless learning
The full report: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/innovating/
Partnering in Tough Times: Service-Learning for Economic Vitality
By Julie Plaut
With contributions from Christine Cress, Elaine Ikeda and Piper McGinley (January 2013)
Social Innovation Generation: California Recovery and Renewal Initiative (SIG:CARE) was part of California Campus Compact's three-year initiative from 2009 – 2012 which focused on catalyzing and mobilizing colleges and universities to aid in the state's recovery and renewal through service, service-learning and inventive solutions embedded in social entrepreneurship, microfinance and social investment. With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America, six California universities received two-year grants to serve as lead institutions. Each developed service and service-learning projects themselves and engaged other colleges and universities in their local area related efforts. Together these campuses collaborated with more than 300 community organizations. This paper provides a perspective on civic engagement and economic well-being by focusing on the results and lessons of the SIG:CARE initiative.
"Impacts of Sustained Institutional Participation in Service-Learning - Perspectives from faculty, staff and administrators" by Amanda L. Vogel, Sarena D. Seifer in Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, Vol 4 (2011) The movement for greater civic engagement in higher education in the United States has taken hold across the core academic missions of teaching, research and service (Astin 1999; Boyer 1990; Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 2007; Israel et al. 1998; Nyden 2003). One manifestation of this movement has been dramatic growth in faculty and student participation in service-learning.
Institutionalizing Faculty Engagement through Research, Teaching, and Service at Research Universities by Tami L. Moore, Oklahoma State University and Kelly Ward, Washington State University. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Fall 2010, pp. 44-58.
Service-Learning and Academic Success: The Links to Retention Research by Dan Simonet, AmeriCorps VISTA, Minnesota Campus Compact . Emerging research on service-learning validates a longstanding philosophy: integrating academics and community service delivers greater student leadership development, enriched learning, and improved academic performance.
The Ways in Which and To What Extent The Universities That Are Part of The Research University Civic Engagement Network Define and Utilize The Service Learning Pedagogy, by Julie A Case. Definitions of service-learning within the TRUCEN network
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.