Friday Campus Connections

Join us every Friday to see how connectedness shows up in "real-world" stories and scenarios.  Here are 5 articles, blogs, or other resources that illustrate the power of connectedness.  Of course, we'll keep blogging away too.  We hope you'll stop back by on Monday, to see our newest post.  And don't forget to follow us on twitter (@IICEorg).  Happy Friday!

Campus Solution Chosen by Industry Experts in Pitch Competition

The portal / mobile app provider (Campus) which our Institute selected as the provider of the Connectedness Grant beat out a bunch of ed-tech startups during a pitch competition at Educause. Read more>>>

How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

There is a ton of talk regarding disruption across higher education.  New models, less students, more accountability, and more permeate the headlines.  Here is an interesting look (based on a Twitter Chat) at how to better connect students to pragmatic pathways, potentially outside the degree path, from providers who are less worried about accreditation and more worried about success.  Read more>>>

Higher Ed Fragility and the Surprising Story of Best Buy

Josh Kim creates a portrait of innovation (based on Innovator’s DNA authors suggesting the key is associative thinking), but asking what Higher Education might learn from a recent article in Bloomberg about Best Buy.  The ideas dance around connectedness, but not in ways we typically consider.  Read more>>>

Editorial: Diversity in higher learning should be encouraged

Connectedness through diversity (gender, ethnicity, and religion) is yet another valuable way to help people succeed.  From students to staff to an institution, those that encourage and even promote legitimate diversity, find more success in almost every category.  Read more>>>

Is it time to retire Advanced Placement classes?

Filed under connectedness to the real-world need for breadth and even discernment, this article explains how several Washington DC high schools have banded together to stop providing AP classes.  Could this be a sign of things to come?  Does experiential learning and real-world problem solving trump the need for deep knowledge in a single area?  Read more>>>