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!

A neuroscientist explains what tech does to the reading brain

A fascinating (albeit new) thesis proposed by a cognitive science regarding how to reprogram ourselves (and how to help correctly program our students) with regard to the medium as it impacts the message.  When is skimming necessary and when is deeper, more thoughtful, “cognitive patience” required?  Read more>>>

Don't Find Your Passion -- Cultivate It, Psychologists Say

With a nod to the growth mindset (a major component of connectedness in higher ed) mistake of telling a student they are “smart” instead of praising their effort and promoting learning, Carol Dweck and other psychologists describe the problem with another age-old adage: find your passion.  The difficulty in doing so, especially for a 20 something person aside, psychologists make a case for iteration and cultivation over an a-ha moment.  Read more>>>

3 Takeaways From a Book-Length Federal Report on ‘The Condition of Education’

Congress requires the DOE to generate a report each year regarding the effects and impacts of education, K-20.  The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on three aspects of the giant report giving an interesting glimpse into the state of higher ed.  Perhaps more disconnected than connected, higher education continues to struggle with concepts like student success.  Read more>>>

Become a More Productive Learner

HBR provides some suggestions for better connecting to the information glut we constantly find ourselves in as adults.  With more and more information being consumed, yet with knowledge levels remaining consistently low, recommendations are given specific to finding useful ways to apply information turning it into learning opportunities.  Read more>>>

Connecting Across the Community College and Ivy League Divide

Is the divide between community college students and Ivy league students part of what seems to be polarizing the United States today?  This article looks at connectedness through a different lens, one of cross-educational attainment and respect.  As stated in the piece, “If American higher education as a system is more intentional and active about doing this, it will get closer to its potential to expand educational and economic opportunity -- and respond to concerns that colleges and universities are instead furthering inequality.”  Read more>>>