Soft Skills Dictate the Capabilities of Professional Development Services – Part 1
In a world where digitalization has become the standard, there is an unwavering consumer demand for new, innovative, personalized content. Since change in consumer demand is the only constant, digital transformation has become imperative for all businesses in order to remain competitive. Digital transformation means more than delivering and embracing new technology; it encompasses change in thought and organizational culture. It often requires restructuring of business models in a way that proactively seeks to understand customers while innovating ways to captivate changing needs. Today, it is apparent that the most effective way to meet the digital demand is through digital talent. However, instead of creating new job titles, most companies prefer to retain quality, tenured employees while modifying the required skills of their current job positions. In order to do so, companies must continue to nurture the skill sets of both existing and newly acquired talent through professional development services, creating a culture of lifelong learning.
Coming up the Learning Curve: The State of Adult Learning
The importance of adult and continuing education has become increasingly clear in recent years. Rapidly changing technology and a growing population of low-skilled adults means there is substantive demand for better workforce development systems equipped to meet 21st century needs. While low government funding and high cost continue to act as a barrier for continued expansion, there are several other compelling factors that are paving the way for innovation in the alternative education space.
Education Technology – A Component Not a Cure All – Part 2
As a continuum to our last blog, we will discuss how to effectively implement education technology to spark growth in academic achievement, close the digital learning gap and talk about possible improvements that can ignite future leaders. The good news is that solutions aren’t far reaching. In fact, many have already been identified but simply need to be solidified.
Education Technology: A Component, Not a Cure All – Part 1
Schools have increasingly migrated away from traditional classrooms in favor of digital classrooms, given the fact that technology has inserted itself into nearly all aspects of human life. Educators view classroom technology to creatively engage students in course content, as it offers personalized learning opportunities rather than a “one-size-fits-all” solution. The combination of flipped classrooms, access to online content, and data that allows teachers to access student performance in real time creates an ideal, tailored learning environment. The implementation of tailored learning supports the idea of “learner variability,” a concept defined by Digital Promise, a top tier education non-profit that works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and technology developers to improve learning opportunities for all through the operative use of education technology. The science behind learner variability studies the range of cognitive, social, emotional, and psychological skills that each individual student brings into the classroom. Some students breeze through traditional curriculum, have prospering social skills, and benefit from a stable support system and home life. Other students may require more guidance in order to retain and regurgitate educational content, lack natural social skills, and have a chaotic home life . Digital Promise concludes that each of these intrinsic aspects must be considered to effectively customize learning and to build effective learning solutions and curriculums for students.
Careers in Trade
Most families aspire for their children to earn a college degree. Yet higher education affordability remains a top concern, and the associated level of student debt can create years, even decades, worth of financial challenges for young adults. So, what about students who lack the time or finances to commit to a four-year degree program? Does an alternative scenario exist that yields the same results?
Are College Loans Worth It?
Headlines about the growing cost of education and the massive amount of debt burdening students after graduating college are prevalent. Student debt levels have grown to astronomical levels since the early 2000s, with total student debt in the U.S. approaching $1.5 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Not all of the factors behind the increase in student debt are bad. For instance, more people are going to college now than ever before, largely due to the fact that approximately 65% of job openings in the U.S. require some level of education beyond high school, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. On the other side of the equation, the increase in debt is also attributable to the cost of education which has grown at an annualized rate of 5.5% over the last 30 years. As the cost of education surges, more people are focusing on the tradeoff and asking themselves, is the cost of college really worth it?
The Future of Higher Education
The ongoing increase in tuition prices compared to stagnating wages for college graduates poses challenges for the prospective collegiate, particularly one requiring student loans. The added cost of room and board, transportation and other incidentals are an added burden to the gross price of higher education. For students and families on a budget, finding ways to cut costs is an important consideration. The obvious alternative to a four-year degree without paying a premium is online higher education. But is online education really the same?
High-Cost Higher Ed: College in the 21st Century
Parents and students beware: tuition has increased yet again! In what has become a rather predictable pattern since the 1980s, the sticker price for average tuition in the United States has increased faster than the rate of inflation. Weighing in at an average of $19,189 for public, four-year universities and $39,529 for private universities (including fees and board) (1), the annual cost of attending a four-year university has reached new heights – and with it, student loan debt. As a result, many students and families are having to decide between getting a degree and facing decades of debt payments after they graduate.
What Could Another Recession Mean for Public Education? A Look Back at 2008
Following a three-week government shutdown, recent sluggishness in the markets and the longest economic expansion since the Great Depression, one cannot help but wonder whether an official downturn is on the horizon. Many economists are forecasting slower growth in 2019, but the question remains, will it morph into a full-blown recession? When it comes to recessions, we see business activity slow down, profits shrink and layoffs occur. What about the effects on public education, where the entire system is financed through public funds? Let’s take a look at the impact of the most recent Great Recession.
The Four-Day School Week: Shaving Costs with a Shorter Schedule
Did someone say, “three-day weekend?” Recent years have seen an increasing number of U.S. school districts electing to truncate the traditional five-day school week by one day in the wake of tightened budgets and decreased funding. While considered one of the more creative solutions available to alleviate cost constraints within the education system, educators are left wondering how a shorter week may impact student outcomes.