Higher ed administrators are likely familiar with “summer melt” – the phenomenon in which students are admitted to college, accept, but never show up on campus. It most often impacts first-generation college students who run into challenges during the enrollment process—often bureaucratic ones, like getting a health form or a parental signature—and don’t have the support they need to overcome the hurdle.
Standard of Proof Webinars
At e-Literate, we believe that vendors who make genuine contributions to education should get extra attention from universities during procurement processes. But can be hard to tell who those vendors are.
The Standard of Proof webinar series helps to address this problem by highlighting what we believe are genuine contributions by vendors who are sponsors of e-Literate’s Empirical Educator Project (EEP). Although EEP vendors are already vetted for their contributions to higher education, we only offer Standard of Proof webinars if the vendors meet the following additional criteria:
- They must have completed a project that either contributes meaningful new knowledge about how to support student success or propagates evidence-based practices in the same vein. That project must benefit all of education, including non-customers of the vendor.
- The project must have included some element of meaningful partnership with or peer review by academics who are willing to publicly characterize the nature of the partnership and vouch for the contribution in some way.
Webinars emphasize the project itself and what we are learning from it, particularly from the perspective of the academic partners. These are not traditional marketing webinars but rather educational webinars which serve the added purpose of recognizing the organizations that are helping us learn something new and important about how to serve students better.
- February 20th, 2pm ET: Colleges and universities face a surprising new skills gap within their own ranks: instructional designers. With instructional design job postings increasing by as much as triple, the demand for trained instructional design professionals is far outpacing supply. Higher education is facing a shortage of talent—and evidence-based practice in learning sciences and technology—to navigate a complex new landscape of online and digital learning.To tackle this challenge, Instructional design firm iDesign recently announced its LX Pathways initiative, to help learning experience design professionals gain skills through a new program developed to help close the skills shortage in qualified instructional design professionals. Guests include Whitney Kilgore, Chief Academic Officer, iDesign; Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Associate Director, Learning Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Education Teaching and Learning Lab