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Innovation & the Future of Education

I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to put here…

Organization, Curriculum and the Future of Education

1) Economic cost of our drop out crisis
2) “Is higher education dying?
3) Experiential Learning Quotes from Kolb
4) Proposed Technology Literacy Curriculum for the 21st Century
5) Will University Education Stay Relevant

Technology and the Future of Education

1) 21st Century Skills
2) Case for K-12 Technology Education (TBA)
3) Speech Communication 2.0
4) Design for the Other 90 Percent (example of experiential & entrepreneurial education)
5) Social media stats (B2B projections from Forrester)
6) Disrupting Class summary & review by Clayton Christensen
7) Case for Experiential and Vocational Education
8] Making the Case for Education 2.0

Explore the Future of Education by Theme
These are the four core education, curriculum, and technology themes you will see covered here on Compassion in Politics:

1) Future of education
2) E-learning
3) Social media and education
4) Higher education

Finally, this best of social media and the future of learning may prove helpful as well as the best of the future of social media and the university. You might also search for technology trends…in relation to various topics.



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 19 2011 4:40 am

    You can also check out similar content at my manifestos for Innovation which center around university education:

  2. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 31 2011 9:18 am

    Pretty cool for learning how to use technology (particularly the web) in the classroom:

  3. Nathan Ketsdever / Sep 30 2011 2:13 pm

    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform

    You can download a PDF version of the presentation at or near the bottom of the page.

    I believe there is a book as well.

  4. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 1 2011 3:10 am

    Innovation method (or rather layers):

  5. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 3 2011 3:58 am

    The president at UNC (a former entrepreneur himself) is leading change in this area and has co-written a book in this area:

    He has spoken twice on this issue:
    here at Ashoka U/TED X with his co-author:

    And here:

    UNC practices a 3 part method:
    1. Broadening entrepreneurship to include social entrepreneurship
    2. Opening the tent to outsiders
    3. Entrepreneurship across the disciplines. UNC has a minor in entrepreneurship….which is just meant to be a minor….so that 32 different disciplines get together and discuss big problems. (from idea to reality). This is also about risk, risk tolerance, and stories of failure. This exposure can also tell someone if entrepreneurship might be for them or not. “Failure is part of the game….you live to fight another

  6. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 3 2011 4:24 am

    Kimberly Jenkins is the Senior Advisor to the President and Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University

    “Hit the ground listening”

    1. What is the highest need.
    2. Co-create with your customer/engage the stakeholders (what are your problems? what do you like, not like, how can we fix what you don’t like?)
    3. Link it to the monetization/All with a look at the bottom line.

    She worked on a couple issues:
    1. price for universities
    2. buggy software (ultimately driving down the price)

    Education program grew to 10% of Microsoft revenue.

  7. Nathan Ketsdever / Jan 18 2012 3:46 am
  8. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 20 2012 2:13 pm

    This is more organizational, cultural, and curriculum based innovation (particularly in relation to the world of work & the purposes of a liberal education):

    For instance Hanover college’s switch to integrate the two:
    It is only by understanding and embracing the notion that liberal education and business preparation are fundamentally different but complementary that we can create an experience that best serves our students and the broader community. A liberal education provides students a deeper understanding of the world, while building a set of foundational skills that employers cannot readily teach. This is accomplished by challenging students to think, evaluate, debate, synthesize, and communicate ideas and arguments. Business requires the practical application of these skills and particular types of knowledge to further the organization’s mission (be it for-profit, not-for-profit or governmental). Since undergraduate students have little or no practical experience, business preparation must go beyond simply teaching business theory and terminology.
    Courses emphasize experiential learning through case studies, sessions with business leaders, and consulting engagements. As a result, CBP scholars have actual experience combining the liberal arts with practical business skills. When they enter their first job after graduation, CBP scholars have already applied skills related to critical thinking, evidence development, problem solving, and effective argumentation. These scholars immediately become important contributors to the organization.

    Business education in the past can be described by the fable of the tortoise and the hare; the vocationally-trained graduate was fast out of the gate, while the liberally-educated person was often slower, needing time to learn technical aspects of a job. However, as the race went on, the liberally-educated person learned quickly and the liberal arts foundation enabled the individual to eventually win the race. What Hanover has done with the CBP is give the tortoise a dose of steroids. Our students are no longer slow out of the gate. They understand the context and basic theories of business, have practice applying them, and have multiple examples of documented experience, so they get out of the gate faster than the hare and continue to pull ahead throughout the race.

    This essay on the purpose of higher ed is also quite interesting:

    Our arguments and examples conspire to recast the traditional liberal/professional
    dichotomy in higher education, according to which, liberal learning and the exigencies of
    preparation for a life of work are somehow at odds. In contrast, we suggest a conception of liberal
    education that approaches student learning by amplifying theory through application; by
    developing knowledge in context; by encouraging a transparent connection between classroom
    learning and other educational experiences; and by cultivating a capacity for student reflection
    on the intersection between learning and vocation. These efforts will go a long way toward
    establishing a more powerful, intentional relationship between undergraduate education and
    preparation for a fulfilling life of work while at the same time reinforcing the traditional values
    and strengthening the traditional outcomes of liberal learning.

    The blog itself is pretty good, although it does take some wading through:

    Finally, these folks seem to have an interesting focus on the assessment issue in higher ed:

  9. Nathan Ketsdever / Feb 20 2012 8:03 pm

    This guy is awesome–very forward thinking–and pretty inspirational:

  10. compassioninpolitics / Feb 27 2012 6:31 pm

    Critical thinking & the university:

    I’m sure even fewer to contextualize what it means in the context of business or provide more than 5 tools/methods of how to do it.

    A number of books on the topic:

  11. compassioninpolitics / Feb 29 2012 1:30 am

    Seth Godin “Stop Stealing Dreams” on education:

    About experiential education (I’m curious how they develop their teachers)–this preso is from TEDxPhilly and is decent.

  12. compassioninpolitics / Mar 6 2012 4:52 am

    Also this:
    The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article entitled “12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.

    Very interesting. I’ve covered 2 or more of these 12 (Khan and the guy from Mary Washington and the edu-punk movement)

  13. compassioninpolitics / Mar 22 2012 6:15 pm

    Experiential Learning


    Appreciative inquiry (when were the students minds on fire?)

    Build a cognitive economy.

  14. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 2 2012 4:05 am

    Basic education & instructional strategies explained:

    Also check out Habits of mind about strategies/heuristics–but they are more emotional & motivational rather than breaking the issue down:

    This might be worth checking out:

    Click to access 04.pdf

  15. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 3 2012 4:38 am

    Skills of the future:

  16. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 5 2012 2:32 am

    More curriculum or organizational based reform:

  17. compassioninpolitics / Apr 11 2012 6:10 am
  18. compassioninpolitics / Apr 12 2012 8:27 pm

    The 5% for 20 years plan:

    * Not sure how this would work with grad school or volunteering. Or for instance if you experienced temp. underemployment or unemployment.

    It also seems to subject schools to the economic woes much tighter than they now are.

  19. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 14 2012 10:05 pm

    This probably shouldn’t go here, but for what its worth:

  20. Nathan Ketsdever / Jul 12 2012 4:46 am
  21. commpassioninpolitics / Oct 28 2012 4:22 am

    Science of learning bib from Berkeley:

    Click to access hsl-biblio-final.pdf

    See also: Professor Covington for motivation, also from Berkeley

  22. Nathan Ketsdever / Nov 26 2012 4:21 am

    Social networking:

    Why is a “state of the internet” relevant to university education:
    1. cooperation & competition–competitive advantage
    2. enabling technologies for university, learning, and workplace
    3. (genuine) trendwatching
    4. convergence (it enables cross-disciplinary learning AND its required)
    5. sheer volume of information and the need to focus on the high points–based on a long-view
    6. shared understanding or reflection
    7. being part of the conversation/community (???)

  23. compassioninpolitics / Nov 27 2012 4:18 am

    This might not belong here, but it does perhaps represent the future in some respects:

    Its K-12 decision education. (partially grounded on behavioral economics)

    Its also an example of what I assume is an NGO-type organization supporting education via a virtual space. I’m curious how they connect to schools.

    I’m curious if social & emotional learning and character education will integrate this…..or how it might be integrated in the curriculum. I see it being integrated in terms of history in a big way–it turns history into an active project & one which is philosophical & value based.

  24. compassioninpolitics / Feb 3 2013 5:02 am

    This is more the future of business education & entrepreneurial education:

    * The changes at HBR & UNC are pretty relevant too.

  25. compassioninpolitics / Mar 2 2013 5:31 am
  26. compassioninpolitics / Mar 4 2013 9:34 pm

    Not higher ed innovation as much as K-12 innovation and teacher development:

  27. compassioninpolitics / Apr 13 2013 1:55 am

    Indirectly related–or related on a broad view:

  28. compassioninpolitics / Apr 13 2013 11:31 pm

    This is probably more K-12, but has relevance to the university classroom:

    Click to access Lit_Review_of_Gaming_in_Education.pdf

    Lit review of gaming in education

  29. Nathan Kets / Apr 16 2013 5:13 am

    Visual thinking is part of the future of education.

    I haven’t fully investigated this, but it looks cool:

    Click to access tf-broadcast.pdf

  30. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 24 2013 8:45 pm
  31. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 24 2013 8:59 pm

    Webinars on Innovation & Improvement:

  32. compassioninpolitics / May 6 2013 7:42 pm
  33. Nathan Ketsdever / May 7 2013 8:37 pm

    12 Core Skills–one list of many. I thought this would probably be worth including:

  34. Nathan Ketsdever / May 7 2013 11:15 pm
  35. Nathan Ketsdever / May 9 2013 4:10 am

    Just learning psychology:

    Click to access Eccles_Wigfield.pdf

    * a rather complex diagram too. “The Learning Situation” arguably

  36. Nathan Ketsdever / May 9 2013 4:17 am
  37. Nathan Ketsdever / May 10 2013 7:13 pm

    Robinson TED Talk (i think #3)

  38. Nathan Ketsdever / May 22 2013 3:26 am

    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able
    ​to discover the child’s natural bent.
    ~ Plato

  39. Nathan Ketsdever / May 24 2013 7:41 pm

    Questions–based on Blooms taxonomy:
    Critical Thinking Skills

  40. Nathan Ketsdever / May 24 2013 8:33 pm
  41. Nathan Kets / Jun 21 2013 2:19 am

    Not innovation so much–but education and common core:

  42. Nathan Ketsdever / Jun 22 2013 3:40 am
  43. Nathan Kets / Jul 1 2013 11:40 pm

    Not really innovation…..per se….more about trouble-shooting and solving problems (teen based, but its possible its applicable elsewhere):

  44. Nathan Kets / Jul 9 2013 3:35 am

    Here are a couple ideas:
    Training oriented–but could be changed.

    Philosophy of learning is interesting:

  45. Nathan Kets / Jul 9 2013 3:54 am
  46. Nathan Kets / Jul 17 2013 6:09 pm
  47. Nathan Kets / Jul 22 2013 4:13 am

    Improvement, Efficiency, and Scalability with Onboarding Packs/Toolkits/Checklists:

  48. compassioninpolitics / Jan 8 2014 6:29 pm

    More teacher development–pretty much just the diagrams/concepts:

    KM Stuff–some interesting theory stuff too (particularly the diagrams)

  49. compassioninpolitics / Jan 31 2014 3:36 am

    This and UNC are quite interesting:

    * Need to read this later.

  50. compassioninpolitics / Feb 2 2014 9:55 pm

    Professional Development (Higher Ed)

    I believe the newer stuff is cross hosted at Vanderbilt as well:

  51. compassioninpolitics / Jul 26 2014 6:34 pm

    You have to log in I think to get value here, unfortunately:

  52. compassioninpolitics / Aug 15 2017 2:34 am

    About gamification:

  53. compassioninpolitics / Aug 15 2017 2:37 am

    More on Gamification:


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