Archinect - News 2014-10-25T06:21:13-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/86857095/progressive-designers-need-a-learning-experience-to-match Progressive Designers Need a Learning Experience to Match Sponsor 2013-11-20T17:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T17:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcsjkaq5nxh9ebmt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/promotion/archinect-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital-Tutors</a>:</em></p> <p> <a href="http://www.digitaltutors.com/promotion/archinect-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/go93fosa7hnlhakt.jpg" title=""></a></p> <p> You are a Progressive Designer. Seeking out new ways to grow your skills and push your creative limits is what you do. When you need to learn a new design software or subject, watching random YouTube videos or paying hundreds of dollars to learn what you could have read in a book, if you even had time to read it, is not what you do. You need training for The Real World.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmq015j7aclf0a8g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> At Digital-Tutors, delivering relevant and reliable project-based training to you every week is exactly what we do. Watch introductory tutorials to quickly get up to speed. Or, enhance your design skills with advanced training on integrating applications like Revit, 3ds Max and Photoshop into your workflow, from drafting to visualization. With complete access to every tutorial in the Digital-Tutors library, you can customize your learning experience to fit your exact needs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a26shtu5fu4yfenc.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Progressive designers need progressive tools. Save your notes and tag a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85314389/fast-cheap-and-accredited-competency-based-higher-ed Fast, cheap and... accredited? "Competency-based" higher-ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-29T21:11:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T23:10:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6r/6rxvaxud9i0kinow.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if you could earn a degree as quickly or slowly as you can learn, regardless of whether you plodded through 80 hours in a classroom lecture? That could be the next wave of higher education, as schools come under more pressure to cut costs while proving the value of expensive degrees and competing with the growing number of high-quality free online courses. Call it the decoupling of instruction and testing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Competency-based education" is the radical new initiative where students pay institutions (pending admittance) a flat, per-semester rate to attend whichever college courses they like. Degrees are awarded when a student passes a "competency" test, regardless of how many units they took or how well they performed in class.&nbsp;</p> <p> The University of Wisconsin, one of several institutions to develop this type of educational format, is set to launch its highly scrutinized "<a href="http://flex.wisconsin.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flex-Option</a>" pilot program this November. The program targets adults who have yet to acquire a bachelor degree, which could mean drastically altering the demographics of higher education, as well as grade-based degree systems. The model could also help turn the process of school-degree-job on its head, as students can overstep course-requirements by using work experience to pass department tests.</p> <p> The experimental option only extends to a few bachelor programs, but will certainly expand if successful. Should this apply ...</p>