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!

OPINION: Schooling Is Not Education

An interesting take on connectedness (or the lack thereof) from South Africa.  You will likely recognize the same issues we talk about every day – lack of connection between curricula and critical thinking, time not equating to learning, and more.  Read more>>>

What Is the Value of Faculty Service?

The thesis of this article suggests that the impact of both research and teaching are measured at most institutions (an arguable premise), but that service is rarely measured for similar impact.  The article goes on to suggest measures and categories for better connecting a major component of faculty contracts back to the institution and its mission or outcomes.  Read more>>>

Are we there yet? U.S. News rankings continue to annoy the !#&@ out of me

The famous (infamous?) US News college rankings have been suspect since their inception. May argue that the report is misleading to parents and college students, ultimately leading to a disconnected framework for higher education.  Unless your institution finds itself lauded by the list, you are likely annoyed by the vague, impossible-to-validate findings.  Here is an op-ed piece, adding more logs to the fire.  Read more>>>

Updated Courseware In Context (CWiC) Framework Launches

Our very own IICE director (Dr. Jeff Borden) was an executive advisory board member on the CWiC framework project for two years.  See how this tool can better connect content to teaching to outcomes to learning.  Read more>>>

Why Are We Still Grading?

A common theme at the institute is connection to learning, which can often be derailed by traditional grading.  This article provides a deeper explanation (with extra sources) and offers some options to help teachers and students better connect ideas to application.  Read more>>>