Higher Education Needs New Models

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ReportOUT Higher Education Needs New Models

The quarterly review of innovative applications in alternative education

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Together they envisioned a nonprofit that would serve as a catalyst to promote positive change in education from within and from without. SynED’s founders saw the importance of getting cutting edge, well-informed information out to the public, and thus, ReportOUT was born.

Recognizing that real change is necessary, ReportOUT focuses on the non-traditional, and the notion that effective educational practices can be found in some unlikely places. When searching around the edges, exploring techniques and technologies outside of traditional education, and looking within the ancillary realms of corporate training, for profit schools, and independent learning systems, it helps to have a guidebook. That is our hope for ReportOUT.

SynED recognizes that traditional education is challenged by multiple forces: an accelerating pace of change, rapidly evolving educational technologies, and a web of cultural/ sociological developments that confront existing models of education. Formal education has evolved into a complex, multi-faceted, life-long activity no longer delivered in a monolithic block during one’s first twenty years. SynED’s intent is to help transition learning from a finite, institutional activity, to a life-long journey for every person.

By anticipating these dynamics, SynED initiates and delivers programs which embrace rapid technological changes to spur transformations in institutional education and independent learning. Recognizing that lifespan learning is the norm for almost every career, SynED seeks to implement non-traditional and experiential solutions to realize the best possible outcome for learners.

This is achieved through its four primary divisions: ReportOUT, Initiatives, Solutions, and Masters.

SynEd’s ReportOUT serves as a conduit not only for new ideas, but ideas which are iconoclastic, that challenge traditional thinking, pedagogies, and institutions. SynED’s express purpose of sharing the vision of educational innovators is to provide a forum for best practices, new ideas, and teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

TOPICS DISCUSSED

01 Editorial: Report / OUT Raison d’être

02 What is Digital Story Telling

03 Book Review: Thinking Fast and Slow

04 A Culture of Learning

05 Does Humor Enhance Learning?

06 Metacognition And Learning

07 Voice of the Learner

08 The Cognitive Advantages of Growing Older

09 A Model for the Future of Education

10 The Visual Learning Style

"Do you know how to learn? Many people don’t. Specifically, they don’t know how to look inward to examine how they learn and to judge which methods are effective."

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