Some worthy people and organizations to consider reading, following, or otherwise including in your (personal / professional) development.
Educators are moving forward. No longer needing to be convinced of the problems, more leaders than ever are open to talking about (tough) solutions that will actually produce results. My team and I have been given the honor and privilege of executive coaching, institutional consulting, and team development, all of which have begun to transform at scale.
IICE is incredibly proud to off the Connectedness Grant. Our first grant, IICE received funding so as to offer a way for an institution to fundamentally shift their infrastructure as it pertains to connection.
Loneliness leads to failure. Lonely students do not persist. Being alone makes a person far less likely to get good grades, stay in school, find a good job, and more. And just as we know that not every measure works for every person, success can be better predicted through non-cognitive measures than academic ones for many students.
The Institute for Inter-Connected Education is proud to announce an opportunity for colleges and universities, showcasing the power of giving. IICE is happy to announce our first-ever grant opportunity for schools seeking to empower their students, faculty, and staff via better connectedness infrastructure.
A crucial "systems thinking" component of a learning ecosystem is this: Integration trumps functionality. In other words, if 85% of your desired functionality can be achieved with a fully integrated tool, or 97% of your desired functionality can be achieved with no connection to other parts of the ecosystem, use the former and avoid the latter. (Of note, this is why the RFI / RFP process can be so detrimental to an organization's longitudinal well-being from a systems perspective.)
A learning ecosystem is an omni-channel, multi-modal system that includes all necessary support, resource, and context options by which people learn. In a formal context, such as a college or university, the learning ecosystem is typically a mix of people, technology, and other infrastructure, leading to certifications and/or degrees for students. But all of these stakeholders require balance. The key to an effective learning system is stasis. The term ecosystem becomes crucial in this context as it connotes interdependence. In any ecosystem, stasis is reached when interdependence of a (typically) complex system or network is balanced between organisms and their environment.
Join us every Friday to see how connectedness shows up in "real-world" stories and scenarios. Here are 3 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 (@Ice_Inst_Org). Happy Friday!
For those of you creating workshops of your own, we found some amazing benefits to practicing what we preach. This is a major differentiator for the Institute, actually leveraging brain science, learning research, and more as we learn and contextualize. We utilized the most effective practices from cognitive science, persuasion, and perception strategies in each session. From Interleaving to pattern finding to intentional creation of norepinephrine / dopamine / endorphin moments, we saw the power behind these learning frameworks. Participants had the opportunity to review and reflect often. Attendees also networked like crazy, establishing a community of practice that will follow them home. In other words, I am confident in saying that we all learned. I am also confident that learning will stick.
Meanwhile, educators have a captive audience of 20-2000 students, every week. You are experts with important and powerful messages of learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and more. These students need your message. These students would benefit from your wisdom and solutions. Yet, without the best practices surrounding connectedness, those same messages are seen as boring or undeserving of attention. With becoming a master teacher, your expertise does little to help these needy students. It is in everyone’s best interest to learn how learning works in every sense of the word!
Savvy administrators now realize that placing all of the responsibility and accountability around retention on the academic offices was unfair. For too long we told students what to connect to (academics, programs, instructors, etc), instead of allowing them choices by which to connect to things that mattered to them.
For almost 25 years I have seen colleges and universities fail when it comes to any kind of holistic approach to the student experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s on-ground or online, students feel disconnected. (Heck, staff and faculty typically feel disconnected…) When someone needs help, it often feels like there is none. When someone is poking around on a computer at 3am trying to find support, there often is none. Why? Because education is a people business. There are only so many hours in the day and only so many channels by which to communicate. Students, faculty, and staff can go hours, days, and sometimes weeks before receiving help.
We will get our audience to do, as we show and tell, before reviewing and asking along the way. We will not only help people understand the nuances of critical (modern) learning research specific to Interleaving, Spaced Repetition, the Cognitive Science of learning, Varied Instruction, Generative learning, and Desirable Difficulties, but we will practice these methods at the same time.
Profiles are more and more a crucial component of our lives. It’s not quite as reported today as it was five years ago when we were still figuring out just how profiles worked, but the web is littered with reports of people who lost jobs, scholarships, marriages, or worse, because a profile was not private enough, a person had multiple profiles, or because someone shared a profile of another person without their permission. Those things still happen, they just aren’t newsworthy anymore. But just because our information hungry brains also crave novelty doesn’t mean this isn’t an issue. Especially for younger parts of our society. It’s called impression management and it’s worth talking about.