The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

Top of Mind: The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

When universities and colleges across the country began reopening their doors, it wasn’t going back that was so uncomfortable for many students. It was differentiating between the option to attend in person or digitally. As a semi-recent college graduate who experienced first-hand both traditional and online schooling, I imagine that many students felt pressured to […]

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 […]

HyFlex ByeFlex: Rethinking the Way Forward

Top of Mind: HyFlex ByeFlex

As pandemic-related restrictions ease and pressures to return to campus increase, higher education institutions are pivoting away from remote instruction and towards what many call HyFlex learning, a hybrid-flexible format in which students attend class sessions in person or virtually, while faculty toggle their attention between environments. As Professor Kevin Gannon recently observed, “HyFlex courses […]

Humanizing Online Learning: Creating a Social Engagement Toolkit

Top of Mind: Humanizing Online Learning

As colleges and universities settle into another semester of remote instruction, many institutions are striving to create a cohesive community experience for students. The commitment to social engagement has manifested in different ways, including the desire to preserve authentic classroom interactions in online learning spaces. In fact, 40 percent of institutions responding to a recent […]

Demographic Shifts in Higher Education: The Impact on Teaching and Learning

In my Learning Management System (LMS) Whitepaper, From Portal to Platform, I describe how trends in technology such as the shifts to more online and mobile learning opportunities have helped shape the LMS of today. Parallel to these technology developments are changing demographics and new expectations for a growing body of nontraditional learners. In this […]

The Future of Education and the Learning Management System

From April 25–27, the Tambellini Group co-sponsored the convening of nearly 130 higher education thought leaders who are helping to shape the future of education. The Unconference of Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers was held at Arizona State University and hosted by their new CIO, Lev Gonick. The two-day gathering was built around three pre-agreed upon […]