Here are the big ideas that I have prepared for tomorrow’s discussion, they are self-reflective – so you might just want to let them percolate a little.
First, the authors ask at the end of the introduction
During my years in school, the mentor who had the biggest impact on my life trajectory was __________ because ______________
And this will be a great way for us to introduce ourselves to each other.
Is Jacob a typical student? Thinking about Jacob’s learning style in high school – how are we now and could we in the future engage Jacob in his college learning?
In our time at OU how has our curriculum changed to be more based on skills versus credentials alone – has it gone far enough? If we focus on employable skills – are my undermining a R1 education? Are our students being prepared for an innovation society?
What is the purpose of an Undergraduate education at OU? Graduate education? How well is our experience aligned with our purpose?
Remember, it is a lunch meeting, feel free to bring your lunch or coffee.. I look forward to the discussion..
Hopefully that will give us a few things to start our discussion, I am excited to hear your perspectives.
I am going to be tweeting and posting about my CTE Fellow Looking Ahead!: What will students be like in 5 years? How is higher education set to change?
If you don’t have time for a Book Study but want to follow the kinds of topics we are talking about, you can follow this blog http://drterriou.com or follow me on twitter or the hashtag #CTEFellow.
There is a handy widget on this blog to follow the hashtag as well.
I hope that will engage with the discussion about how students will change.
Twitter is a great way to curate your content and share with others and to find out what teachers – both in common ed and higher education are talking about. Many educators are using it as a place to discuss. By using a hashtag, you can easily search it and curate it. All posts that I make about this topic will be Hashtagged #CTEFellow.
How are schools changing? How are our students going to be different in the next 3 to 5 years?
There are changes going on in Common ED where teachers are looking to focus on 21st Century skills – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
In our current teaching, how are we touching upon these topics? One of the discussion points is that students are not ready to do this yet, but what if they came to us better prepared to engage in these activities.
On Monday, September 26th – 11 faculty met in the library for an overview of my CTE Fellow program.
We discussed the trends that are being reported in K-12 and higher education about the use of technology and also innovation skills. These reports include The National Education Technology Plan, The New Horizon Report, The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards, and the White House Initiatives like CS for All.
What does this all mean?
These documents highlight both funding priorities and development priorities for students. So how will students be different when they have all had exposure to computer science and coding before coming to college? We may be able to engage them in different kinds of thinking tasks?
How will students learn differently when they have been learning in flexible learning spaces and now are in a lecture hall? How will be need to engage them differently?
These are all the questions that we will try to discuss and grapple with during the CTE Fellow Series on the How Higher Education will need to change as our students change.
Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education