Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The 6 Major Barriers Standing in the Way of Educational Change - David Nagel, Campus Technology

As college and university administrators shift their priorities away from the mission of education, the role of faculty-as-teacher is diminishing, and the consequences for the profession — and for students — look to be getting rapidly more severe. In 2009, just half of faculty members in higher education were part-timers. But now, owing in part to resources moving away from classroom instruction and toward student services, research and other areas, adjuncts make up 76.4 percent of the total across all institution types in the United States. That's an issue identified by researchers in a new report as one of the "wicked challenges" facing higher education right now. The report — the NMC Horizon Report, from the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative — identifies significant barriers facing education, as well as major trends in education technology and technological trends that will help shape teaching and learning in the near future.

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