Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Education goes Viral

Education is going viral this week at several college and public campus: virtual, online, education, that is.
Online education has continued to grow over the decades. Online degrees have flourished, especially for the people who are in remote locations, like Alaska and in military deployment. University of Phoenix and a few other universities have really taken online to the students (and professors) where ever they are. More than a third of college students have taken an online class. For years the increase in online learning experienced double digit growth, at times exceeding 10% more than the growth in land-based learning.
But things have changed. Now, high schools and colleges are preparing to go online full on. If they close the campus, there's no reason that education cannot go online and continue without interruption.
Wow. Imagine a university that is 66% land-based suddenly, in mid-term, switch to 100% online. Professors who already had grades and assignments online, will probably be able to move to all online without difficulty.
Wow. Can you imagine that once the massive move to all online has been tested, what the move back to the classroom might be? Schools may never go back to a majority of classes that are land-based.
Even a hybrid format may become a dominant version of the partially land, mostly air (virtual) class format.
Imagine what that does for carbon footprint. Imagine what that does to reduce the need for campus facilities. Don't need nearly as many classrooms. For libraries?
Hmmm... ???
Image for those Us that are starting to tally up their carbon footprint and taking actions toward sustainability? They just reduced their carbon footprint by 25%, maybe 50% in a week.
Oh... and what about the cost savings!???
Hmmm... ???
Online changes, they are a com'n. 
Stay toned for more at Sustainable Education (SustUcation.com)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Education and Development - 3M and STEM

Education and Development :



WoW.

Look at what 3M is doing in education.

They are focusing on STEM, in general.

But look at their world-wide approach to education and sustainability.

Very cool.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

THE TOP 10 Greenest Univeristies | Sierra Club

THE TOP 10 | Sierra Club:

The top 10 greenest universities/colleges.

California and the West coast do very well in this list.

This is an interesting mix of doing green things and sustainability-types of education.

Very interesting. There's a couple on the list that you might not expect.

In terms of the degree programs, it would be interesting to know how the graduates match up with the available jobs.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Robin Williams' son and San Quentin inmate teach finance behind bars - Aug. 4, 2015

Robin Williams' son and San Quentin inmate teach finance behind bars - Aug. 4, 2015:

Literacy and life skills for prisoners.

This is especially important for the people to be successful when reintegrating back into society.

As we rethink how many people we have in prison and how long we keep them there, the skill sets of those returning is critical to moving them from being a burden of the state, to be a successful contributor to the economy, paying taxes, etc.

We still miss that mad man Robin Williams. But it is kinda cool what his son is doing to move on.

!The power of education, one of the great equalizers of our lifetime.! (See the Patent Primer 3.0 by Hall and Hinkelman.)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Sustainable Universities

Sustainable Universities falls into to two schools (note the pun).
1) Those that have greener campuses in terms of reduced usage of resources and renewable resources.
2) Those that teach sustainability programs academically.
Of course, doing both is entirely possible... and even highly synergistic.

Here's a few sources of Green campus and green(er) universities:
Plus there has been some rather interesting reports on the topic in August of 2014. So this list should be updated soon.


Monday, May 19, 2014

How Summer Can Change Your Future - WSJ.com

How Summer Can Change Your Future - WSJ.com:

Wow,

We knew this, but real-to-life job experience is a HUGE asset to student... 

Especially if it is in industry.

This study found that getting an internship was one of the most significant (statistically) to getting a job. Not grades, so much. Not Major so much.

Wow. A cool aspect was that that internship was almost not included in the study looking at what works for graduating students, and what not.

Even though the correlation was 14% more likely to be hired because of an internship in the industry, the real effect is far greater. Someone who interned at a company is often (usually) offered a job at that company. This follow-on hire of an intern was not included in the study.

An internship is a wonderful way for a student to "test drive" a company and a career path. Also a company gets to test drive a prospective, future candidate.

In fact, if an intern is free in the market place, then they were likely not hired at the company where they interned... That likely doesn't bode well for the candidate, because the follow-on jobs are typically their (to lose).

So universities without internships, probably need 'em.

But a continuation of the practical-experience metaphor is that maybe more "education" should be hands-on!... With a little hands-on experience during education, the application of the theory goes a LOT further.

What a difference a summer job internship makes. Even if you work for free, it could pay big dividends.
Although, the slave labor of a free intern is being challenged... Companies probably should just pay interns a paltry sum, plus some expenses.

Very interesting!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

How do we stem the STEM shortage. Innovation killer or not?

The STEM shortage: Crisis or myth? | Spring 2014:

Wow, give a look at this on STEM jobs and education. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education).

So how do we (u.s.a) stem the STEM shortage?

This is an interesting article about the STEM PIPELINE that has a lot of leaking
couplings. 

This is an original article in UoP's Faculty Matters magazine.

Keywords: school, university, training, innovation,  STEM, jobs, economic development, University, UoP
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