1. Flipping the Office – http://jarche.com/2014/02/flip-the-office/
Harold Jarche points out that time spent at work frequently kill productivity because the number of meetings that take place. He suggests that organizations look into flipping the workplace much like the classroom is being flipped. Creative work should be encouraged at home and face to face meetings should be reserved for essential times of collaboration and team effort.
2. Using Data to Improve Student Success – http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/29/the-quest-for-data-that-really-impacts-student-success.aspx
Dian Schaffhauser of Inside Higher Ed challenges institutions to collect data from their students, staff, and faculty and to also use this data in effective ways. Data must be consolidated into one repository for disaggregation to be efficient and effective. The author gives three tips for the collection and use of learning analytics:
Collaborate with other institutions
Find out what other schools are doing and see where they have found success. Research to see if these best practices are appropriate for your context.
Don’t jump into an analytics product willy-nilly
There are many new products out there that promise the world, but do your research before leaping at the first “shiny” thing you see.
Take care with ethics and data privacy considerations.
Make sure that you are collecting your data with the knowledge of the staff, faculty, and students and that you only use this data as intended.
3. Online Bookseller Impact College Bookstores Sales – http://chronicle.com/article/Rise-of-Online-Booksellers/148653/
Author Rebecca Koenig describes the reactions of many college bookstores to online book retailers as stand-offish at best. Many colleges have even banned advertisements for these retailers and have made book resellers know that they are not welcome within so many miles around the colleges. It appears that students are just trying to save money on their textbooks while college bookstores are trying to save their dying sales model.