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7 Things You Should Know About The 2016 Key Issues in Teaching

and Learning report gives clear certainty from a credible source about identifying
a communitys challenges and opportunities, as this provides a basis for a common
understanding, a common vocabulary, and a set of shared priorities. The
highlighted seven issues include: (1) Academic Transformation, (2) Faculty
Development, (3) Assessment of Learning, (4) Online and Blended Teaching and
Learning, (5) Learning Analytics, (6) Learning Space Designs, (7) Accessibility and
Universal Design Learning. While all subjects work together with each other, a
couple of the major points of emphasis will be discussed.
Academic Transformation (contributed by Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost
for Innovation and Student Success, and Dean, University College, Virginia
Commonwealth University) starts by asking the question Must higher education
change? As pointed out, this question, sometimes overlooked, engages larger
questions of value and meaning at the heart of the practice of schooling we call
higher. Campbell states the reason for transformation in a well-articulated
statement that the primary agent of transformation, disruption, liberation, or
commodification remains the computer, a mind-like invention that can turn
relationships into automated transactions, as well as enlarge our capacity to store,
retrieve, judge, share, and build on the products of human ingenuity. This notion
leads to the fact that as technology is constantly changing, so too must the
educational system.
Assessment of Learning (contributed to by Assistant Vice President of
Academics and Assoc. Professor of Education, Concordia University Wisconsin)
opens by stating that assessment is central to the conversation about the value of
education. Many wonder today what is the real value of education, especially twocolleges and the University as whole. The excerpt highlights that robust and diverse
assessment plan for courses and programs provides learners and instructors with
frequent and meaningful feedback on progress, allowing instructor and student to
make adjustments leading toward greater outcomes. In addition to, educational
leadership be aware of the possibilities that assessment can offerwhich include
self, peer, portfolio, narrative, authentic assessment, micro-credentials, feedback
loops, gamification, and competency-based assessment. All of these assessment
methods provide countless opportunities for students and teachers alike and
knowing which assessment should be used and how to apply its results is another
NGDLE is the next article discussed. This is a subject that is becoming
commonplace in the educational community, and NGDLE provides excellent insight
in regards to its magnification. According the article, NGLDE is conceived as an
ecosystema learning environment consisting of learning tools and components
that adhere to common standards. Insightful? The NGDLE purse a component-based
approach that introduces flexibility and variability to address learning needs more
specifically. For educator and students, this subject is most rewarding, as
confinement as the classroom constantly adapts to new policies and trends;
everyone learning, whether by teaching or instruction, needs fostering coherency.

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