September 2015

New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

By |September 15th, 2015|

A big topic at the recent conferences I have been attending, including some regional state conferences and COABE in Denver, has been the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) legislation that was passed by Congress. This is one of the key funding vehicles that provide adults with education at the local level. The previous legislation, WIA (Workforce Investment Act), provided funding to agencies to help educate adults who lack basic skills. Both acts are meant to educate adults who lack basic education (think Reading or Math or speaking English), who dropped out of high school and now realize they need to finish their high school diploma or […]

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November 2012

Adult Education: Doing More with Less – 2012 ACSA Conference

By |November 28th, 2012|

The Adult Education Strand at the annual ACSA Conference took place in San Diego in early November. By chance, it was a mere two days after the 2012 presidential election. Normally, this wouldn’t matter much to state education issues. But this year, one of the propositions on the ballot for Californians to decide was to raise taxes on the wealthy and increase the state sales tax under the guise that those revenues would go directly to schools. I’m not here to argue whether schools will actually get that money or whether our state legislators just waste the funds like they habitually do, but instead pass on some thoughts I heard […]

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2012 NRPA Conference

By |November 15th, 2012|

If you want to have some fun, go to the annual NRPA conference. This year it was in Anaheim, CA. Yep, right down the street from Disneyland. And we took advantage of it!  But I digress. Why is it so fun? Because the exhibit hall is chock full of play structures, toys, and gizmos the likes you’ve never seen. Our ASAP booth was next to one of these structures. It was a play structure based on a surf theme towering what seemed like 30-odd feet above the floor. And that one was small compared to some of the others!  No wonder many attendees bring their kids to the show. Product […]

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June 2012

My first UBTech Session: “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”

By |June 20th, 2012|

Some notes from my first UBTech session, “Connected Education – The Collaborative Campus”, given by Greg Kovich from Alcatel-Lucent (who is impressed that we all managed to get up this early while in Las Vegas; little does he know that the last time we all got up was yesterday morning…).

The gist of the session is how to use existing technologies to improve communication and enable more actual discussions/collaboration between students and teachers, students and students, teachers and teachers. The point we’re striving for is where we can replicate as many of the “features” of a face-to-face meeting as we can without actually being in the same room.

What are those features? […]

Greetings from Las Vegas!

By |June 12th, 2012|

You have no idea how happy it makes me that that is the first headline of the first post on our new blog :-) And it’s true, too, because we’ve flown out to Las Vegas to attend UBTech 2012, a conference focused on the intersection of technology and higher education. I’ll be blogging live from a number of different seminars, as well as meeting with as many of you here as I can (I’ll tweet my locations and outfit choice tomorrow, shouldn’t be hard to track me down). Right now I’m gonna go try and find something to eat (are there any good restaurants up here?), see you all tomorrow!

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