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!

Keeping Online Courses Fresh: Valuable, but Costly

For years, people from both inside and outside education have asked why online courses didn’t disrupt the higher education price market.  This piece does a nice job showing the connectedness between cost and quality, if done well, as the cost of maintaining an online course for several years can eventually outstrip the launch cost -- but the investment might just pay off.  Read more>>>

With Employers in the Mix, Can Badges Become More Than a Fad?

Detailing the uphill road of badges, this article explains how one significant hurdle (employer buy-in) is being handled through one new badging program.  While other organizations and programs (such as Acclaim, etc) have taken various strategies to get buy-in from both employers and education institutions alike, this small project example showcases another approach. Read more>>>

Rethinking How We Measure Social ROI

Social ROI may not be a metric you are familiar with, but if you are, you may likely have heard the easiest and “best” measure of it is financial.  This essay suggests that measure is quite insufficient but also ties money to the higher education experience further by looking at tuition ROI and beyond.  Read more>>>

$33,000 Academic Journal Articles That Almost No One Reads

An interesting blog / essay regarding connectedness from the viewpoint of the academy to practitioners and “the public” interest.  Is a change to how we research, what we research, and how we report findings long overdue?  This emeritaus professor believes research is in need of a changed role in higher ed.  Read more>>>

2018 Survey Results from Inside Higher Education

Pulling from the Inside Higher Ed survey of college / university Chief Officers, this Oracle report explores two findings: institution mergers and weak technology.  While the former is likely a sign of a disconnected context, the latter is a (fairly) fast way to reconnect students, faculty, and staff to the tools and people that matter (if done properly, of course).  Read more>>>