The Best of T.H.E. Blog, 2019

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In case you missed them, here is a list of the most-read Transforming Higher Ed blog posts published in 2019.

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We are grateful to have so many thought leaders, experts, and innovators in the teaching and learning and student success communities contributing to the Transforming Higher Ed blog. Last year was particularly robust in terms of gaining new insights about accessibility, inclusive design, student success, technology adoption, and empowering faculty as change agents.

In case you missed them, here are the top 10 most-read Transforming Higher Ed blog posts published in 2019 (listed chronologically by date). Many of these authors will be presenting at the 2020 ELI Annual Meeting!

May 8, 2019
A Human-Centered Approach to Empowering Faculty for Excellence in Online Course Design
Katalin Wargo 
By emphasizing interpersonal connection in the design process, instructional designers can foster stronger relationships among students and faculty in digital learning environments.

May 9, 2019
The Role of Librarians in Supporting ICT Literacy
Lesley Farmer
Academic librarians increasingly provide guidance to faculty and students for the integration of digital information into the learning experience.

June 7, 2019
The Top Five Competencies for Faculty Innovation, Plus Five More
Mike Goudzwaard and Rachel Niemer 
The cultural context for innovation influences the skills that faculty need to successfully improve the status quo of learning.

August 8, 2019
A Snapshot of Instructional Design: Talking Points for a Field in Transition
Whitney Kilgore, Patrice Prusko, and Laura Gogia
The resurgence of learning engineering as a concept and as a professional role in higher education has exacerbated tensions within the field of instructional design related to job titles, responsibilities, and positions within academic institutions.

August 23, 2019
Principles for the Responsible Design of Automated Student Support
Ben Motz
Digital transformation in higher education is creating bright opportunities for automated student support, and it's time to consider how to design these automated systems in principled, responsible ways.

October 16, 2019
Moving Beyond Culture: A Socio-Technical Approach to Understanding Student Success Technology Adoption
Tina Balser
Understanding the social and technical aspects of integrating a new student success technology is the difference between implementation and adoption of student success tools in higher education, and yet projects often neglect these critical activities that can bring about true adoption.

October 30, 2019
Active Learning Spaces: Lessons Learned in the United States
Stan Aalderink
SURF, the collaborative organization for information and communication technology in Dutch education and research, organized a study trip to the 2019 ELI Annual Meeting to learn more about active learning spaces.

November 15, 2019
A Taxonomy of Inclusive Design: On Disclosure, Accessibility, and Inclusion
Lorna Gonzalez and Kristi O'Neil-Gonzalez
The authors define three important terms—disclosure, accessibility, and inclusion—in the hope of contributing to a common vocabulary around accessible and inclusive teaching and learning.

November 25, 2019
Kits: Building the NGDLE Outside the LMS
Jolie Tingen
Learning is maximized when appropriate technologies are used in conjunction with evidence-based pedagogies. The ideal academic technology strategy should support the diversity of disciplinary and pedagogical needs.

December 18, 2019
Moving a Taxonomy of Inclusive Design from Theory to Practice
Lorna Gonzalez and Kristi O'Neil-Gonzalez
Educators can use a number of practical strategies to incorporate accessibility and inclusion into their teaching and learning practices. With this post, the authors aim to reveal ways of thinking about course design and instruction to bridge theories of inclusion with deliberate practice.

For more insights about advancing teaching and learning through IT innovation, please visit the EDUCAUSE Review Transforming Higher Ed blog as well as the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and Student Success pages.

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Malcolm Brown is Director of Learning Initiatives at EDUCAUSE.

Kathe Pelletier is Director of Student Success at EDUCAUSE.

© 2020 Malcolm Brown and Kathe Pelletier. The text of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License.