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32 minutes | 2 months ago
A Discussion with Sada Knowles of Oklahoma Christian University
"We have some people that come to us that maybe they tried college 20 years ago, and life happened, or it didn't go well, or they made some bad decisions, whatever it is, but just respecting them for coming now and knowing that they bring strength and experience to the table. How do we honor that, walk alongside them, and give them confidence as they re-enter higher end?"In this episode of the Education Futures Podcast, Rob talks with Dr. Sada Knowles, the Dean of New College at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Knowles discusses how the New College focuses on ways OC is helping students who take different paths to their degree, including dual credit and assessing prior learning for adult students looking to reskill or finish a degree.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
TEL's Student Learning Dashboard
"On top of this learning that you are doing about content that you are also learning this layer about being a better learner, being connected, gathering tools that you will use for the rest of your life."In this second podcast conversation with Executive Director Rob Reynolds and Chief Information Officer Stacy Zemke, they go deeper into the Student Learning Dashboard and the specific features students can expect. Starting now, students can take advantage of the tools to make learning visible through badging and skills pages. Later in the spring, TEL will launch the more reflective pieces, such as journaling and goal setting.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
A Discussion with Dr. Cat Jackson of TEL Education
"That's where backward design is really valuable because it's not starting with, 'What textbook are we going to read?' or 'What assignments are we going to do?' It really starts with what do we want the students to be able to do."Dr. Cat Jackson is TEL Education's Chief Learning and Research Officer and manages the curriculum team behind the TEL courses. In this podcast with Dr. Rob Reynolds, they discuss the foundations of our curriculum and how they focus on helping students show mastery. These mastery standards are the foundation for our Learning Dashboard, which is launching this spring.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
A Discussion with Stacy Zemke of TEL Education
"The whole idea of the dashboard is to make all of those invisible things visible. To give them a place where they can see, 'Oh, okay, I took these classes and these classes are tied to these skills. And hey, I'm making progress on learning that skill. That's kind of cool. I can see that now.' There should be no mystery in what they are learning."For several years, TEL's Executive Director Rob Reynolds and Chief Information Officer Stacy Zemke have been talking about how to make learning visible for students. This Spring, with the launch of the Learning Dashboard, they will make it happen. In this podcast, Rob and Stacy talk about the genesis of the Learning Dashboard and how this will help students more clearly understand why what they are learning matters.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
A Discussion with Mark Fabian of Evangel University
"I'm starting to see [the non-traditional students and traditional students], they've been blended together in a significant way through this whole pandemic and I don't know if they will be teased apart in the same way that they were before."As the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Digital Learning for Evangel University, Mark Fabian has had a front-row seat to the gradual then all-at-once transition to digital learning. In this conversation with Dr. Rob Reynolds, Mark talks about how Evangel University was able to focus on their students because of the work they started 10 years ago. They also discuss how the changes of the past nine months will continue to affect education long after the virus has run its course.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
A Discussion with Macy Johnson, Instructor for TEL's Introduction to Christianity Course
"A lot of passages have a progression of thought, a train of thought, that you can't just take a car out of the middle and expect it to be of any value. You've got to have the engine and every car in between in order for that thought to make sense."In this interview, we take you into our course creation process with Macy Johnson, the instructor for our Introduction to Christianity course. Macy was also our subject matter expert who helped organize and build the course. Macy and Rob discuss the major themes of the course and why it was important to create a course centered on understanding others.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
A Discussion with Jon Tomlinson, Dean of Business and the Online School for Ohio Christian University
"When you are a "non-traditional" student, you're an adult, you have family, a job, other responsibilities, online learning is almost a necessity. You don't have the time to drive to campus and sit through a two- or three-hour lecture. That's just not a possibility. So the advent of online learning is really one of the reasons why non-traditional education has blown up over the last 15 years."With more than 1,100 of their 2,000 students enrolled in their online program and another 500 high school students in their dual enrollment program, Ohio Christian University knows every student's educational journey is different. In this podcast episode, Dr. Rob Reynolds talks with Jon Tomlinson, the Dean of Business and the Online School for Ohio Christian University. They talk about what makes a successful online program, the importance of instilling values in students, and Jon discusses his own family's experience with dual enrollment.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
A Discussion with Zulean Cruz-Diaz and Ayla Dehghanpoor from Families Empowered
"We're teaching parents the rules of a game they didn't even know they were playing."Families Empowered, a non-profit organization in Texas, helps families understand all the different educational options so they can make the best decision for their students. In this conversation, Dr. Rob Reynolds talks with Zulean Cruz-Diaz and Ayla Dehghanpoor of Families Empowered about how the work they do and the conversations they have with families have changed in light of COVID-19.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
A Discussion with Sandra Powell, Graduation Coach at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy
"In the past, there were a lot of things that students get to do simply because of where they lived. That to me, I think, is probably the most exciting thing about education is that the doors are opening wide for every student."After spending time in the classroom and as an administrator, Sandra Powell has found the perfect role for her: Graduation Coach. In this interview with Dr. Rob Reynolds, Sandra talks about giving hope to students who are struggling to finish high school. They also talk about the opportunities students have now with the flexibility of online courses and resources.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
A Discussion with Monica Epperson, Director of Academic Enhancement at Oklahoma Wesleyan
"I tell my incoming freshman, when you find what you love, you are going to apply it with your whole heart and soul. But until then, know that you need to keep cranking it out so that you can get to that place, because you want to be ready." In this interview, Dr. Reynolds talks with Monica Epperson, Director of Academic Enhancement & Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, about the importance of finding a fit in your college experience. They also discuss OKWU Prep, a new program launching later this fall, to help high school students save money on their college credit and better understand what it's like to be an OKWU student.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
A Discussion with Brandon Tatum, CEO of ConnectEDU
"We are missing the boat on how we do online education. We are taking the worst aspects of traditional pedagogy and we're just transposing it to online."Brandon Tatum admits that he wasn't a great student in high school. But after a career detour led him to college, he found he could make an impact by helping students like the one he had been. In this conversation, Brandon, now the CEO of ConnectEDU and the Executive Director of the National Christian Schools Association, talks about his time as a classroom teacher and administrator and how that has given him the perspective to help schools be more strategic with degree programs. Brandon talks about opportunities with partnerships with industry to lower costs and create better pathing for students as well as how mixed reality will help students build relevancy for their future careers.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
A Discussion with Jamie Maloney, President of Dream Academy Schools
"One of the worst things I’ve ever seen is a 13-year-old [who is] hopeless. They’ve given up. And 99% of the time it’s because they didn’t get the support. They just get pushed aside or pushed along, and they get frustrated and drop out. At Dream Academy, we want to do something different.”In this podcast, TEL Education CEO Rob Reynolds talks with Jamie Maloney, President of Dream Academy, about bringing hope back to students who were left behind. Jamie discusses some of the ways Dream Academy is re-thinking education, from learning support to helping students graduate high school in three years while also earning an associate of arts degree.Dream Academy: https://www.dreamacademyschools.com/
37 minutes | 10 months ago
A Discussion with Coby Cathey, President of Resolute Academy
31 minutes | a year ago
A Discussion with ELocker CEO Nick Hathaway
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Hathaway, the CEO of ELocker. Nick is a passionate innovator in the education space and, through ELocker, is working to connect learners and employers in the U.S. Our conversation ranged from the challenges facing universities in the COVID-19 crisis (Nick is the former Vice President of Administration for the University of Oklahoma) to exciting opportunities made possible by comprehensive learner records and learning data.
38 minutes | a year ago
A Discussion with York College Provost Shane Mountjoy
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Shane Mountjoy, Provost at York College. Shane is an innovative leader and provided great insights into the importance of identity, mission, and innovation for small liberal arts colleges and universities.
11 minutes | a year ago
Constraints, Disruption, and Innovation
Catastrophic events like the COVID-19 virus are incredibly disruptive in education but they also provide the necessary constraints for positive, systemic change in the future.---Education is fairly insular and generally resists excessive innovation and disruption from the inside. Events such as the Coronavirus, however, can accelerate innovation and disruption.---Companies are constantly coming up with new products and manufacturing ideas to address changing markets. What might education learn from their corporate counterparts?
10 minutes | a year ago
Equitable Access and Innovation in Education
Seeing how Sherpa guides have begun disrupting the lucrative Mount Everest climbing business should make us wonder what would happen in education if others in the traditional supply chain decide to take on different roles, or the rules of the system change dramatically?---In spite of our good intentions, through our attempts to group students by performance level or skill, we may unwittingly create one more education scenario of separate by unequal.---TEL Learning joins the ranks of OER providers declaring that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, should have free access to high-quality learning materials.
8 minutes | a year ago
The Future is Unlikely to Be What We Imagined
6 minutes | a year ago
Disruptions to Education in the Coming Decade
In the coming decade, advancements in AI will make it difficult to know whether you are talking to a real person or an AI, in what language a video was originally recorded, or who or what actually assembled and edited the information you’re reading. This, in turn, means big challenges for education.---Everybody loves a good list, especially when it comes to predictions about future trends. In this episode, Rob takes a look at five possible eventualities for higher education by the end of the decade.
9 minutes | a year ago
Obstacles and Opportunities for Disruption in Education
What can education learn from online dating and e-commerce platforms? Simplicity and reduced friction. Making education easy to access and easy to use is an important key to success in the coming decade.---We’re seeing a good, three-pronged strategy for market disruption in the food industry. New methods of production, new methods of distribution, and new merchandising. How will existing education institutions respond and/or adapt?---A recent report on mobile web traffic by SimilarWeb reminds us of the modified user behavior influenced by mobile modalities. After all, even large smartphone devices still have that fits-in-one-hand form factor. It’s interesting to think about how education, with its big screen and big-stage mentality, will adapt to “smaller” in the next decade.
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