Dr. Rob Reynolds of TEL Education discusses the future of higher education.
A Discussion with Sada Knowles of Oklahoma Christian University
"We have some people that come to us that maybe they tried college 20 years ago, and life happened, or it didn't go well, or they made some bad decisions, whatever it is, but just respecting them for coming now and knowing that they bring strength and experience to the table. How do we honor that, walk alongside them, and give them confidence as they re-enter higher end?"
In this episode of the Education Futures Podcast, Rob talks with Dr. Sada Knowles, the Dean of New College at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Knowles discusses how the New College focuses on ways OC is helping students who take different paths to their degree, including dual credit and assessing prior learning for adult students looking to reskill or finish a degree.
TEL's Student Learning Dashboard
"On top of this learning that you are doing about content that you are also learning this layer about being a better learner, being connected, gathering tools that you will use for the rest of your life."
In this second podcast conversation with Executive Director Rob Reynolds and Chief Information Officer Stacy Zemke, they go deeper into the Student Learning Dashboard and the specific features students can expect. Starting now, students can take advantage of the tools to make learning visible through badging and skills pages. Later in the spring, TEL will launch the more reflective pieces, such as journaling and goal setting.
A Discussion with Dr. Cat Jackson of TEL Education
"That's where backward design is really valuable because it's not starting with, 'What textbook are we going to read?' or 'What assignments are we going to do?' It really starts with what do we want the students to be able to do."
Dr. Cat Jackson is TEL Education's Chief Learning and Research Officer and manages the curriculum team behind the TEL courses. In this podcast with Dr. Rob Reynolds, they discuss the foundations of our curriculum and how they focus on helping students show mastery. These mastery standards are the foundation for our Learning Dashboard, which is launching this spring.
A Discussion with Stacy Zemke of TEL Education
"The whole idea of the dashboard is to make all of those invisible things visible. To give them a place where they can see, 'Oh, okay, I took these classes and these classes are tied to these skills. And hey, I'm making progress on learning that skill. That's kind of cool. I can see that now.' There should be no mystery in what they are learning."
For several years, TEL's Executive Director Rob Reynolds and Chief Information Officer Stacy Zemke have been talking about how to make learning visible for students. This Spring, with the launch of the Learning Dashboard, they will make it happen. In this podcast, Rob and Stacy talk about the genesis of the Learning Dashboard and how this will help students more clearly understand why what they are learning matters.
A Discussion with Mark Fabian of Evangel University
"I'm starting to see [the non-traditional students and traditional students], they've been blended together in a significant way through this whole pandemic and I don't know if they will be teased apart in the same way that they were before."
As the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Digital Learning for Evangel University, Mark Fabian has had a front-row seat to the gradual then all-at-once transition to digital learning. In this conversation with Dr. Rob Reynolds, Mark talks about how Evangel University was able to focus on their students because of the work they started 10 years ago. They also discuss how the changes of the past nine months will continue to affect education long after the virus has run its course.
A Discussion with Macy Johnson, Instructor for TEL's Introduction to Christianity Course
"A lot of passages have a progression of thought, a train of thought, that you can't just take a car out of the middle and expect it to be of any value. You've got to have the engine and every car in between in order for that thought to make sense."
In this interview, we take you into our course creation process with Macy Johnson, the instructor for our Introduction to Christianity course. Macy was also our subject matter expert who helped organize and build the course. Macy and Rob discuss the major themes of the course and why it was important to create a course centered on understanding others.