My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: Learning from the AAC&U Network

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted February 8, 2012 at AAC&U’s Nation,

I’m seeing networks everywhere these days. There’s the obvious one—the Internet—but, there is also a growing trend in of studying networks, and not just social networks like Facebook , but also in literature, like the network of relationships between characters in Hamlet.  AAC&U has its Network for Academic RenewalNITLE works with a network of small liberal arts colleges, and our students are facing a world of webs and networks, as I described in a blog post last year. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest at AAC&U’s Nation: Yes, but How Do You Teach Collaboration?

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally published February 1, 2012 at AAC&U’s Nation,

Wednesday night Ken O’Donnell opened the AAC&U 2012 Annual Meeting by telling us that the road connecting civic and commercial activity is “collected work toward a common purpose.” He backed that up in part by citing the no. 1 answer on the National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of what employers are seeking: “ability to work in a team structure.” I’ve been promoting collaborative projects (usually between different institutions) for almost ten years now, and I routinely work in a distributed team with colleagues at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. But, after hearing O’Donnell speak, I wondered, how do we teach that skill to students? « Read the rest of this entry »

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