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Borthwick Attends White House Summit, Plays National Role in Advancing EdTech in Teacher Prep Associate Dean invited to national summit on working group to prep teachers in technology

 

Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, poses with the other invitees to the White House Summit on technology in teacher preparation. She is in the back row in front of the second pillar on the left side.

National Louis University’s Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., visited Washington D.C. in December for the White House Summit on Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation.  Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education,  represented NLU as it plays a key role in preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use educational technology to help their students learn.

NLU is one of three Illinois universities that have accepted the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge, which has a goal of “ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning.” Borthwick, co-chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education‘s Committee on Innovation & Technology, was one of 58 invited attendees from across the nation. Continue reading »

NLU Wins Two Grants, HSI and Trio, Totaling $4.8 million Both focus on helping underserved students graduate and succeed

hispanicstudentThe U.S. Department of Education has awarded National Louis a $3.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant and a $1.2 million TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant.

The HSI Grant is a Department of Education grant which assists schools in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. NLU received it  in conjunction with Morton College in west suburban Cicero, Illinois,  for Project CREST (CoenRollmEnt for Stem), a partnership project with the goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment and graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related programs. Continue reading »

Tech Companies, Universities Connect To Better Prep Students for Jobs Tech companies want soft-skills, problem-solving ability, lifelong learners

161129-america-urban-campus-roundtable-020In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry,  are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.

In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading »

Alum’s IDEA Wins ‘School Librarian of the Year’ Award Todd Burleson ’98 created a libratory at Chicagoland school

 

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.

For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading »

Crain’s: NLU’s MBA Program Innovating To Provide Online and Networking Crain's Chicago Business wrote about NLU's hybrid techniques

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.41.31 PMCrain’s Chicago Business led an article about the balance between online flexibility and in-person networking in MBA programs by describing NLU’s program and quoting Catherine Honig, Ph.D., director of the MBA program.

The article described how Honig recorded a class lecture and put it on the cloud, but gathered all students virtually in real time for a live chat forum. Such an approach meets students’ needs for flexibility because the class was offered online, but it also fulfills their desire to network by letting them engage with each other. Some of the value of an MBA comes from networking, the magazine pointed out.

Writer Judith Ruiz-Branch also wrapped up the article quoting Honig saying that NLU’s goal is to meet MBA students’ needs.

See the article here.

‘Wearable Technologies’ Article by Associate Dean Borthwick Drawing Attention She examines pros and cons of smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and others

 

borthwick-arlene-001Is there a place for personal wearable technologies, such as smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and Muse (which tracks brain activity) in the classroom?

Yes, but there are concerns too, according to Arlene Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, and her co-authors. They just learned at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference that their article, “Personal Wearable Technologies in Education: Value or Villain?” was the most-downloaded article from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education so far in 2016. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dhupelia at White House to Judge Educational App Contest Competition was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative

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Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, poses with the White House in the background. She participated there as a judge in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative Career App Challenge.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate at the White House as a judge in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, a competition launched by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is a prize competition for mobile app developers, educators, and data mavens to create apps designed to help middle school and high school students navigate education and career pathways.

“The Challenge has created an opportunity for true innovation and advancement in the types of career development tools available to students starting from a young age,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »

14 Ways To Engage Online Learners, per Dr. Curt Bonk Champion of online engagement speaks to NLU profs

160204-Curt-Bonk-21 Curt Bonk, Ph.D., is on a crusade against boredom, for both students and instructors, in online and blended courses. He brought that crusade to NLU Thursday to share with professors, offering them lots of practical techniques they can use right away in online instruction.

After getting fed up with poorly-designed courses that lulled students to sleep, Bonk, a professor at Indiana University, put his background at the intersection of business, education, technology and psychology to work to design better online learning techniques.

160204-Curt-Bonk-36As an advocate of blended learning, he cited the Stanford University study which concluded that students in online courses learned more than students in face to face courses, with those online courses having a face to face element (i.e., blended learning) creating the greatest learning of all. Continue reading »

President Megahed To Gates Foundation Panel: Use Data for Higher Quality, Lower Cost NLU's president tells how data can also help students complete their degrees

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Chris Bustamante of Rio Salado College, from left; Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights; Nivine Megahed, National Louis University; Suzanne Walsh, Gates Foundation, and Jean Floten, WGU Washington, are pictured at the Gates Foundation Education Forum, 2015.

NLU President Nivine Megahed told Gates Foundation conference participants that she “test-drove” NLU’s new Adaptive Learning platform by teaching the first course herself, writes Daniel Rasmus in Geekwire.com.

Rasmus served as the facilitator of the breakout session on personalized learning at the recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Education Learning Forum, which attracted leaders of the nation’s universities most plugged in to digital learning.

“Megahed, who describes herself as a data geek, has slowly transformed National Louis into a data-driven institution that simultaneously addresses cost, quality and completion,” Rasmus wrote. Continue reading »