what we talk about when we talk about global higher ed

THE BIG IDEA As part of my for-profit, make-a-living activities, I have been involved in developing a global experiential education city (www.intlcampus.com pw:turnkey). Over the past few years, the project has grown both in scale and in ambition. Its generation looks something like this: You have probably noticed echoes of this journey in my blog, via ruminations on the multi-directional campus, flipped campus, experiential study abroad, etc. Two years of hard work later, I am more excited about this project than ever. Our global experiential education city will host branch campuses of universities from (almost) every continent….

PART 1: ONLINE VERSUS ON-CAMPUS: ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION?

Wrong Question: “Which is better: online degrees versus on-campus degrees?” Stop comparing online degrees with on-campus degrees! They are different products. They are different experiences. They offer different value propositions to students. They are marketed and delivered differently. They are chosen for different reasons. Asking “which is better: online degrees versus on-campus degrees?” is like comparing a bag and a wallet – though they share some functionality, you cannot fit your gym shoes, pajamas, and violin into a wallet. Similarly, on-campus degrees offer a long list of “outside-the-classroom” experiences that you cannot “fit” into an…

The ENGAGEMENT Gap

We know all about the skills gap… what about the engagement gap?   I was recently reading the Op-Ed in the New York Times about saving the lecture called Lecture Me. Really. Reading the article, one would think that the lecture is really an endangered species. Well, I don’t believe that. Really. As part of my market research, I talk to a lot of students. And the students are still saying the same thing – there’s too much lecture, too much abstraction, and not enough engagement. These conversations made me wonder if the discussion about outcomes and…