Critical Thinking Outside of the Classroom

We frequently explore how critical thinking instruction helps students navigate their studies and enables graduates find gainful employment in the knowledge economy. But what about individuals’ time outside of the classroom or the office? Parents, for example, are tested daily in their ability to evaluate information and make responsible decisions. This spans the gamut from Read more about Critical Thinking Outside of the Classroom[…]

What’s Going on with Google, and How it Affects Students

Google is off to a rocky summer. The European Union levied a record-setting $2.7 billion antitrust fine against the ubiquitous search engine, and now major media companies are attempting to band together against it and Facebook. While the company (and it’s $90 billion annual revenue) is almost certain to whether these storms, the implications for Read more about What’s Going on with Google, and How it Affects Students[…]

Webinar Recap: Reimagining & Reinforcing Student Success Into Career Success Across the Curriculum

We recently wrapped up our 3-part webinar series, The Onus is On Us: How Higher Education Can Close the Skill Gap. Higher ed consultant Kate Sawyer joined us to discuss how to reimagine existing curricula to better prepare students with the career skills they will need to thrive in the Knowledge Economy. Watch the full Read more about Webinar Recap: Reimagining & Reinforcing Student Success Into Career Success Across the Curriculum[…]

Webinar Recap — From School to Work: Bridging the Skills Gap

How do we ensure the learning resources provided to students are successfully preparing them for the future? Laurie Burruss, education consultant at Lynda.com and professor at Pasadena City College, recently gave us a rundown of what the skills gap means for the future, and what we need to do in order to narrow it. This Read more about Webinar Recap — From School to Work: Bridging the Skills Gap[…]

When the Problem isn’t a Lack of Jobs, but Lack of Skills

It’s a common refrain in American politics: bring the jobs back. This is usually said underneath the high ceilings of a manufacturing plant to a crowd of burly workers dressed in coveralls. Likewise, whenever a politician finds him or herself confronted by a topic they’d rather avoid, they duck for cover behind the concept that Read more about When the Problem isn’t a Lack of Jobs, but Lack of Skills[…]

“Below Basic” Critical Thinkers: The Sad State of Many American College Seniors

After four years of college, should a student be able to evaluate the quality of evidence in a document or article? A nation-wide test indicates 43% of college seniors have not mastered this important skill. A report from the Wall Street Journal (Newsweek summary, if you don’t subscribe to WSJ) used data from the College Read more about “Below Basic” Critical Thinkers: The Sad State of Many American College Seniors[…]

The Skill Set Sweet Spot: Future-proofing in the Age of Automation

We know that the economy is changing as automation decreases certain jobs while advances in technology create others. We know that businesses are unsatisfied with the skills recent graduates possess: according to a huge survey of business managers, 60% believe candidates lack critical thinking and problem solving skills. Harvard Professor David Demers has written extensively Read more about The Skill Set Sweet Spot: Future-proofing in the Age of Automation[…]

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Webinar Recap: Time for a Paradigm Shift?

Our series, “The Onus is On Us: How Higher Education Can Close the Skills Gap,” began with higher ed consultant Kate Sawyer asking the question: Is it time for a fundamental change in where and how often we teach critical thinking, problem solving and information skills? Watch the entire webinar recording here. Sawyer pointed out that while we Read more about Webinar Recap: Time for a Paradigm Shift?[…]

Advertisers Beware: The Dangers of Fake News Aren’t Limited to Consumers

A recent survey shows that advertisers are overwhelmingly concerned about how fake news will impact potential customers’ views of their products, and almost 1/3 will reduce their spending with publishers who are seen as purveyors of fake news. Fox News host Sean Hannity saw an advertiser backlash after he spent several weeks exploring a story Read more about Advertisers Beware: The Dangers of Fake News Aren’t Limited to Consumers[…]