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Awareness of current and future trends arms educators, employers and citizens with key knowledge to make relevant decisions and create effective organizations to support those evolving needs. At the heart of synED’s charter and passion is the investigation and discussions of our evolving world with those who are acutely impacted by it. Our Research and ReportOUT division is dedicated to monitoring, investigating and stimulating conversation and action around these universal issues. By anticipating these dynamics, synED seeks to spur transformations in institutional education and independent learning.

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Faculty Development & Digital Credentials

Having worked in this space for nearly 20 years, this is a good time for me to reflect on significant influences in faculty development in recent years. I have focused my comments in three broad areas.  Before we get to those trends, it’s…

GRIT Book Review

GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance Author: Angela Duckworth  “. . . persuasive and fascinating . . .” — Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author of  The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink  Grit:…

Summary of Digital Badge Provider Comparison at College of the Canyons

As a part of the College of the Canyon’s Digital Badge Initiative, the implementation team decided to conduct a side-by-side comparison of the 2 leading Digital Badge Providers in order to make an informed and knowledgeable decision of which…

Digital Credentials & Digital Pathways Poised To Revolutionize Higher Education

According to a Welsh professor who was once honored by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen never listens to what people say to her while dispensing annual honors like knighthoods. So when it was his turn and the Queen asked him what he did to earn the…

You Can Get a Good Job Without a Bachelor’s Degree

Careers  in skilled services pay well. More Americans just need the right training.  “To get a good job you must have a bachelor’s degree.” This is a common myth that needs to be debunked. For years, Americans have been told that,…

Virtual Labs as a Service Pilot in the South Central Coast Region

Virtual Labs Service Brings Access and Flexibility to Community College Students and Faculty While Providing Cost Savings and Educational Expansion to Colleges Summary A proof of concept is underway in the South Central Coast Region (SCCRC)…

Want to Be a Great Boss in 5 Years? You Need to Learn These Skill

By Paul Petrone LinkedIn Learning Blog We know the world of work is changing quickly, particularly when you hear stats like the shelf-life of a skill today is a mere 5 years. But often, when we hear stats like that we think of hard skills,…

BOOK REVIEW The Longevity Economy by Joseph Coughlin

Why are so many companies unprepared for an aging world? The problem is not so much that companies are afraid of age. It’s that they think they understand it — but that “understanding” is woefully incomplete. The dominant narrative…

California’s 115th Community College: Fully Online for Equity and Economic Growth February 2018

Governor Brown’s budget proposal to establish the 115th community college as a fully online campus will give California’s stranded workers a flexible affordable learning option and the opportunity to advance in today’s economy. Creating…

SynED.org grows into new divisions to augment education system needs for support

SynED.org Founders Guy Smith and Scott Young knew that there had to be a better way. A lifelong interest in students and the workforce, one as a community college professor and Dean, the other as a curriculum developer and consultant…

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