Vistasp M. Karbhari

Could “Emergency Remote Teaching” Accelerate a Re-Envisioning of Active Learning Through an Online Environment at Scale?

Active Learning is often linked to Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development wherein the learner builds an understanding, and Dewey’s theory of progressive learning through experiential assimilation.  As described by Dewey – “The teacher and the book are no longer the only instructors; the hands, the eyes, the ears, in fact the whole body, become …

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University/Industry Partnerships for Locally Based Global Engagement and Understanding

The increasing convergence of information and technology and the decreasing gap between the digital and physical worlds provide both major opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, the world has never been smaller, ensuring that people separated by oceans and thousands of miles can interact and work with each other as though in the same …

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Faculty’s Changing Roles and Responsibilities as a Result of COVID-19: How Universities Can Better Support Them

Looking back at the months of March and April, it is amazing how rapidly universities transitioned from the traditional face-to-face mode of instruction to various modes of remote emergency teaching. While the focus at that point was on enabling effective term completion, the situation today–just a few months past that initial transition–is different. It is critical …

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Imperatives to Enhance Transferability and Access from Community Colleges to Universities

“There are still many things to work on—the start, the transition, the finish. I am not just going to sit around and wait” ~Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce In that quote, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican sprinter—the then-reigning Olympic and world 100m champion—was speaking about training for her event but she could just as well have been talking about …

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Will COVID-19 Be the Catalyst to Comprehensively Addressing the Transfer Problem?

Stories abound of transfer students joining universities after completing 60 or more credit hours and expecting to graduate in another two years before finding out that a significant portion of their credits will not transfer, and of those that do, some will not count towards the degree.  A report from the GAO based on data collected from …

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Are We Doing Enough to Serve Returning Adult Learners?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” – Alvin Toffler For decades higher education—especially at the university level—has been based predominantly on the needs, perceived and real, of students entering directly from high school intent on gaining a degree before …

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Embedding & Integrating Certifications in Degrees

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of significant discussion was the incongruity between reports that simultaneously stated that recent graduates were unable to find jobs and that employers could not find people with the skills they needed even for entry-level jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.  This paradox suggested a growing disconnect between student preparation through …

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