Student Success through a Workforce Lens: Hot Takes from the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit

Tambellini at 2021 ASU+GSV Summit

The 2021 ASU+GSV Summit took place in San Diego (in-person!) last week. For those unfamiliar with it, the conference converges on the intersection of education, workforce, equity work, and educational technology. For example, in one of my favorite first-day moments, JFF Vice President Michael Collins challenged higher education to confront their workforce partners about inequitable […]

Rebuilding Student-Institution Trust after Online Proctoring

Top of Mind: Rebuilding Student-Institution Trust after Online Proctoring

When higher education shut down due to COVID-19 in spring 2020, the capacity to provide quality remote instruction varied widely within and across institutions. Diverse and complex social, economic, and physical factors made the transition to distance learning easier for some students than for others. Not surprisingly, tensions between displaced students and their institutions emerged […]

The Iron Triangle of Ed-Tech

Top of Mind: The Iron Triangle of Ed-Tech

Last week, I had the privilege to participate in a panel discussion at the 23rd International Conference of the SAP Higher Education and Research User Group. Joined by Jose Escamilla (Tecnologico de Monterrey), Malcolm Woodfield (SAP), and moderator Jill Mikros (The Johns Hopkins University), the panel explored the impact of COVID on higher education pedagogy […]

Hiding in Plain Sight: Online Proctoring as ‘Just Another Feature’

Top of Mind: Online Proctoring as ‘Just Another Feature’

Even as institutions distance themselves from online proctoring platforms, the same technologies and functionality are emerging in other digital learning tools. Arguably, online proctoring platforms are the most controversial educational technologies in use on higher education campuses today. Student rights advocates have long voiced accessibility, equity, and privacy concerns about online proctoring, and its use […]

Record, Don’t Store: Advice for IT Leaders on Classroom Lecture Capture

Top of Mind: Advice for IT Leaders on Classroom Lecture Capture

As more faculty are recording and uploading every class lecture, IT leaders must advocate for quality over quantity—or face the consequences A year after higher education pivoted to remote instruction, video learning remains at the forefront of teaching and learning. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an advice piece in which the professor-author describes […]

Letting Go of Lecture Capture

Top of Mind: Letting Go of Lecture Capture

When Teaching and Technology Evolve, the Naming Conventions Must Too “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare notwithstanding, we know that names matter. Research indicates that a person’s name can influence life choices, career success, and possibly physical […]

Hybrid Is Not the New Normal

Top of Mind: Hybrid is not the New Normal

This winter, I’ve been struck by how often I’ve heard that “hybrid is the new normal” for higher education.[1] EdTech vendor briefings are a common source, typically in the context of new or improved synchronous learning technology. Industry tends to define hybrid more broadly than institutions to include formal and informal combinations of asynchronous, synchronous, […]