1) Anya started her talk with these stats:
45% – no significant gains 1st 2 years of college
36% – no significant gains over 4 years of college
During the q&a at the end, one person asked, how do you assess the merit of the content? (when a student is left to own their learning)
Anya suggested we remember the black box, where we are now, how “successful” we are now, when we’re trying to decide if change is worth the risk. Perhaps in bypassing our tendency to play defense, we’ll have plenty of energy to define and pursue our own success.
2) Another question from q&a – as an employer, how do you start to evaluate students?
Anya’s response was that co-evolution has to take place:
- institutions who’s basis is assessment, per specialization, you pay to get reliable vouching
- portfolio – where you can see the work
- reputation – large % of hiring here, has been this way before
Anya had addressed reputation in her talk, where she shared the option of professional networks in lieu of diplomas. She sited Scott Belky’s Behance network, as an example, where companies are recruiting straight off this website. She noted that we rely on reputation based systems more than priests and doctors. She also not that LinkedIn has 90 million members, with a data driven career planning built in.
3) One of the best statements I believe Anya made that I wish everyone could not only hear, but drink it in:
I believe that is what Will Richardson is after in his call for a parent’s back to school night and what Lisa Nielsen is after in this recent project and post.
And it’s what we’re after in working on a doc to share options. (please jump in and help, if you’re so inclined)
Anya’s first book DIY U, was a gold mine for me, especially all the resources she listed in chapter 4. She’s just announced her latest project here. She’s given us higher ed options for learning, and next she’ll grace us with higher ed options for credential.
Along the same lines, Michael Wacker tweeted this video out today:
“Targeted at parents, teachers and anyone concerned with education in America, this documentary takes viewers to the front lines of an education revolution. “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century” examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can empower young people to direct their own learning. Documenting five success stories both inside and out of the classroom, the program demonstrates how digital media, games, smart phones and the Internet are fundamentally transforming the way young people communicate, collaborate, participate and learn in the 21st century.”