At the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), our primary goal is to improve lives around the globe. We do that through research-based insights and practical solutions, and this blog is an integral tool in sharing cutting edge research on a wide variety of topics. Our faculty conduct their research not just in a lab, but out in the community to provide useful and effective methods of teacher preparation and development, healthy ways to navigate grief and loss, as well as furthering our understanding of the developing brain. These blogs are translated each month into more than 100 languages and have reached nearly 21 million to date.
Below, you will find Part Two of our best blogs of 2016.
- Our Better Angels: Building Bridges to Preserve Democracy After the Election, by William Doherty
In the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election, Dr. William Doherty offers ways to move forward and preserve democracy. The feelings of anxiety and anger that each campaign stirred up will not go away easily. Through his project “Better Angels,” he hopes to foster the notion that American democracy is something we can all share in together.
- Community Policing, Addressing Bias & the Power of Conversation, by Na’im Madyun
Being hopeful is a good thing. Following the tragic shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, Dr. Na’im Madyun tells a story of taking his family to a police station to begin a dialog with officers. Conversations like these open the door for members of the community and police officers to better understand each other.
- How Technology and Learning Analytics Are Transforming Education, by Bodong Chen
As our understanding of how students learn expands along with improvement in technology, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new era of education. The field of learning analytics, while being relatively new, brings many different viewpoints and encourages the application of analytics to influence learning and teaching from many different angles.
- Striving for Inclusive Global Education, by Christopher Johnstone
Global education experiences can be transformative for college students, helping them expand their world and gain valuable skills they can apply in an increasingly international economy. However, too often these experiences have been available only to a small group of students. Looking at how university students in our country participate (or don’t participate) in global education in the U.S., it’s clear that we are not including a diverse student body in our programs.
- Challenges Homeless Students Face in Higher Education, by Jarrett Gupton
For homeless youth, higher education is a way out and a way up. Through Dr. Jarett Gupton’s research, we’re studying the challgenes that homeless students face as they make the transition to college – and how our universities and institutions can better serve their needs. While the challenges homeless students experience are real, we are making progress.
To read A Year in Rewview: CEHD’s Best Blogs of 2016, Part One click here.
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