Seeking A Career Boost: What Is The Best Study Abroad Experience?

Seeking A Career Boost: What Is The Best Study Abroad Experience?

Previously in this blog, I have highlighted often quite surprising findings from the UK and also the European Commission, giving evidence about the various career advantages one gets from studying for some time abroad. A lot of research has been done about these benefits. Recently an American survey of 4500 graduates, conducted by the Institute for International Education (IIE) in Washington DC was published. It addressed this question: how much more do you benefit from a long (typically a year) study period abroad than a short one (typically 8 weeks)?…

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Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Shutterstock In the pre-digital era, the relationship between brick-and-mortar retail stores and their customers was largely transactional— places to fulfill supply and demand. Yet as online commerce continues to grow exponentially, the role of the retail store is shifting from purely pragmatic to more experiential. Moving forward, the key to survival for retail stores may rely on their ability to act as a living showcase for products and brands. Take Coach, for instance, which has made some radical yet effective changes in its approach. Last year, the company pulled its…

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What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

Somewhere between our collective obsession with predictive analytics and infatuation with adaptive learning, higher education wonks and practitioners are making time to deconstruct the quality attributes of online courses. The online “quality” debatestems, in part, from explosion in institutional demand for online experiences and resulting pressure on faculty to design and facilitate online courses. Forced to quickly get up and running with online classes, faculty—and the instructional designers who help them make the transition—often resort to checklists to create the bare minimum of what’s required to build a “quality” online…

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Reimagining College as a Lifelong Learning Experience

Reimagining College as a Lifelong Learning Experience

For centuries, our image of higher education has been tied to time and place. College is a discrete part of life, a fleeting chapter with a defined beginning and end. You travel to a campus and become a student, progress to graduation, and then leave education behind. It’s all neatly bounded. Today, colleges have moved beyond that cloistered idyll, becoming more connected to the world outside their walls. But in undergraduate education, the age-old ties to place and time still hold sway. As access to information has gotten easier and…

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