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Universities Recognize the Benefits of Strategic Partnerships

Higher education is currently positioned at the crossroads of an unprecedented time of mass global change. The future and success of each institution will depend on the course taken now by university leaders. Fierce Education recently hosted an online event focused Higher Education Business & Leadership: Summer Edition. One of its sessions, “If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: Partnering Perspectives” focused on highly insightful considerations and reasons on why institutions should consider par

Artificial Intelligence is Critical to the Future of Higher Education

The world is now at a crucial point in technology evolution. The future depends on its deployment across all industries today, including in higher education. Artificial Intelligence-based technologies are thought to promote rather than hinder democratic values including freedom, equality, and transparency. AI-based technologies can become a tool to promote equity and personalized learning. For the past 20 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made some advances in higher education, but not e

Education 4.0: University Launches World’s First Degree Driven by 4.0 Technologies

As academic leaders are embracing change this summer and planning for the next semester, universities and colleges around the world are also working on the next big thing after Education 3.0: Education 4.0. Current generations are going to engage with state-of-the-art technology and Industry 4.0 advancements. It only makes sense that they should receive an equally advanced Education 4.0. The University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom, is creating a new two-year program in world History whe

Higher Ed Leaders Summer Focus: Resilience, Rethinking, Reinvention

Higher Education is currently positioned in a unique situation. The Covid-19 crisis has forced academic leaders to implement digital solutions to cope with the brave new world of online and remote learning. Right now, higher education leaders are faced with the chance to create a better education platform for their institution, one that will contribute to the overall betterment of the national and global education system. Because it is now when the cards are on the table, the future outcome of

The Time is Now for Higher Education Leaders to Plan for Next Semester

The time is now, and it is crucial. Higher education leaders and faculty around the world are using this summer break to better prepare for the fall semester embracing what has worked in the past year and improving what has not. Demand for online learning has skyrocketed during the past academic year. A trend that had been pushing hard to get more attention finally became the default way of teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Historically, pandemics have served humanity to help

Preparing for the Unprepared: Strategies for Equitable, Inclusive Education

The Covid-19 pandemic may have emphasized the struggles of students who are preparing to enter into higher education making them academically unprepared. Academically unprepared students are students who may be unable to perform work or demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, or mathematics, or similar topics at the college or university level. Some of the students’ struggles include adaptations in the transition to remote learning, which in cases have made more evident the inequality that

Advancing Equity: Supporting and Empowering Students with Autism

As an inclusive society, we must ensure an equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for everyone, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Thirty years ago, it was rare for a student with ASD to enter college, according to a research paper by Scott L. J. Jackson and published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. However, over the past decades, there has been much improvement in the detection and awareness of ASD in children. Now, wit

The Impact of Mental Health on Student Performance: Part 2

Colleges and universities have invested in extraordinary resources to keep students educated, engaged, stimulated, and well during the pandemic. Just like everyone else, higher education institutions have had to pivot constantly, evolving through different stages of lockdown. Among those resources, higher education institutions across the United States are using Togetherall, an anonymous online peer-to-peer mental health support network moderated by licensed mental health practitioners. But how

Mental Health in Higher Education: Advancing Adversity: Part One

Mental health in college is a top concern that has escalated even more during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mental health crisis is affecting everyone. However, it is disproportionately affecting Black students, who comprise approximately 45 percent of college undergraduates. These students are reportedly among the least likely to seek help. According to The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force Report (PDF), 26 percent of Black students, 33 percent of Latino students, and 23 percent of Asian Amer

Future of Higher Education: Four Models Moving Toward 2030

Higher education has not experienced any dramatic change for decades, that is until COVID-19 hit. More than twenty years into the 21st century, we wonder what will drive the future of higher education into the next decade. Education during the 19th century was characterized by an older form of pedagogy; it was emphasized by recitation and memorization with the main approach centered on lectures. Back then, there was a significant evolution in the faculty role. There was an increase in specializ

Creating "Smart Campuses" Through Private LTE Networks

Higher education Chief Information Officers (CIOs) face multiple challenges. These challenges concern network architecture, network security, broadband and Wi-Fi, network accessibility, password security, students and instructors access to learning materials, and tech support to name a few. During and post-pandemic, a new frequent challenge for CIOs is how to ensure student accessibility for distance learning in a blended learning environment. An LTE network (Long-Term Evolution), is a standard

Black Women in Higher Ed Fight Adversity to Become Strong Leaders

Black women in higher education leadership navigate adverse challenges of intersectionality and stereotype threat. Black women in leadership undergo adversity including limited role models, the concrete ceiling, and the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and ageism as well as tokenism to mention just a few. These are the findings reported in a recent research paper titled “Resilient Leadership: A Phenomenological Exploration into How Black Women in Higher Education Leadership Navigate Cultura

How to Choose Interactive Tools, Strategies to Improve Student Assessment

During Fierce Education’s recent virtual event “Higher Education: Technologies and Strategies in the New Blended Learning World”, the panel session “Improving the Student Assessment Process” focused on the present and future of student assessment during online and hybrid learning situations while preserving academic integrity. At the start of the session, Fierce Education’s Head of Content Elliot Markowitz polled participants asking about their experience on the most difficult part of assessing

Black Women in Higher Education: Navigating Cultural Adversity Throughout the Centuries

Historically, the number of Black students of any gender attending or graduating from universities has been lower than any other group. In fact, a majority of the Black population in the history of the United States was prohibited from learning to read or write. Today, the number of Black students enrolling in higher education continues to increase. However, excluding the historically black colleges, the low enrollment numbers become even lower when we focus on females only. As we revise and a

Virtual Labs Core to Blended Learning Environment

A virtual or simulated lab is part of the experience of incorporating a virtual learning environment (VLE) into today’s blended learning, a core component of Education 3.0. A simulated lab is particularly necessary as a tool for teaching courses in Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. A virtual lab is, indeed, a safe way where students can run experiments, blow up the lab, and learn something out of it that will prevent them from accidentally doing the same in the real world. Contrary to

Blended Learning is a Core Component of Education 3.0

Blended learning has been around since the early 2000s but with the current shift in higher education from 2.0 to 3.0, though, it has become more important than ever. Core to this is the development and implementation of new forms of education technology or EdTech, significantly transformed the way students learn. Thanks to its interactive and challenging characteristics, blended learning is remarkable for promoting Metacognitive ability. When it is done correctly, blended learning has the abil

Augmented Reality: The Future of Education

By 2025, two billion of the global population is going to be made up by the youngest generation: Generation Alpha, also known as the iGeneration. Generation Alpha are children born between 2010 and 2025. This is the first generation entirely born in the 21st century. These children are considered to be the most technological-infused demographic up to date. Generation Alpha use technology, smartphones, tablets, and computers naturally. They haven't known life without the Internet or video games

Hanson Robotics' Little Sophia Teaches STEM, Robotics, AI to Children

Hanson Robotics' Little Sophia is Sophia the Robot's little sister. Little Sophia, a human-like miniature version of Sophia is a new kind of STEM, AI, and coding learning companion for ages 7+ individuals and a great tool for teachers and schools. Hanson Robotics is a multiple award-winning Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics company based in Hong Kong that creates empathetic, living, intelligent humanoid robots with embedded state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence that are designed to c

Elon Musk: From SpaceX to Ad Astra School

The Generation Alpha, children born between the years 2010 to 2025, are considered to be the most technological-infused demographic up to date. Generation Alpha is the first generation entirely born within the 21st century. By 2025, the year when the youngest Alphas are born, the Alphas will account to two billion of the global population. By 2030, the first children of the Generation Alpha will be 20 years old. Between 2035 and 2040, the Alphas are going to be in charge of positions of leader

Classroom 3.0: Instructors Leveraging Augmented Reality, Holograms

Higher Education is experiencing more changes than ever before. This acceleration is part of the transformation of a university education for the 21st century, also called Classroom 3.0. The development from Classroom 2.0 to Classroom 3.0 adds the driving force of 3D and 3D technology into the classroom for colleges and universities. Many educators argue that 3D is the natural way of learning, and the way of learning in the years to come. Immersive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), V
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