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Innovations conference by the numbers

Innovations 2014Three of us from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) attended the Innovations conference last week in sunny Anaheim, California.  As usual, the conference exposed us to a number of perspectives and insights, covering everything from developmental bridge programs to digital platforms to new pedagogical models.

Here’s a rundown of some interesting numbers we learned along the way.

3 Percentage of college textbooks published/distributed digitally.  It’s an $8 billion business.
4 Number of academic dishonesty violations permitted in Moraine Valley Community College’s new “Multiple Violator Remediation Process.”  First violation is a warning, considered a teachable moment.  The discipline escalates from there.  Second violation is a “caution” and a meeting is required with counselors before the next registration.  Third violation is a one-semester suspension, fourth violations is a one-year dismissal.
8 Elements that comprise the affective domain approach to the successful Academy for College Excellence (ACE) developmental bridge program: academic self-efficacy, college identity, interacting with others, mindfulness accepting, mindfulness describing, mindfulness focusing, mindfulness observing, and teamwork/leadership.
10 The percentage of MOOC users who actually complete a MOOC course.
12 Strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion at community colleges, as described by Dr. Leo Parvis at Dunwoody College of Technology.  This include offering at least one diversity course, adding a diversity component to existing courses, establishing a diversity council, establishing a multicultural campus center, promoting a calendar of local diversity events, creating a diversity forum for guest speakers, establishing a quarterly diversity training plan for staff and faculty, recognizing key diversity holidays and celebrations like Human Rights Day or Women’s History Month, encouraging staff and faculty to attend diversity conference, offering your resources to local K-12 groups, connecting with local businesses.
15 Minutes some experts believe it will take for internet content worldwide to double by the year 2020.
16 Weeks in a typical semester.  This can pass in the blink of an eye for an instructor, but can seem to be an eternity for some students dealing with personal issues that keep them from envisioning a clear future.
25 Percentage of development education students in Texas who will complete degrees and certificates within eight years of enrolling.  One answer is an approach that includes “holistic advising,” which provides more individual support to the student that includes learning more about his/her life outside of campus.
35 Benchmark age in author Douglas Adams’ quote about technology:

“I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

  1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.”
80 Percentage of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) users who are lifelong learners who already have degrees.  A vast majority of MOOC users are also international students outside the U.S. borders.
812 The percentage of price increase for textbooks since 1978.  By contrast, health care increased 575%.
And then there’s the famous “Cone of Experience” from education guru Edgar Dale that explains people generally remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they hear and see, 70% of what they say and write, and 90% of what they do.


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