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November 17, 2017|Speaker Events|

Video Lecture: “Teaching for Understanding” by Dr. James Stigler, Inaugural Fellow of the Precision Institute at National University

November 17, 2017|Speaker Events|

Dr. James Stigler, a professor of developmental and cognitive psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), is the inaugural research fellow with the Precision Institute at National University. He appeared at National University Sept. 27 as featured guest lecture to talk about “Teaching for Understanding: What Will it Take?” This is a summary of [...]

October 18, 2017|Student Success|

In the Driver’s Seat: How Dashboards Can Support Student Success

October 18, 2017|Student Success|

One of the most important features of Precision Education is that students can move at their own pace, following pathways customized to help them reach their educational goal. In order to stay motivated, they need to know what competencies they need (traditionally represented as courses) and to be able to see, in real time, how [...]

October 18, 2017|Career Planning|

How Precision Education Supports Career Planning

October 18, 2017|Career Planning|

Career placement offices provide valuable services on college campuses: they help students find out about the job market, make the most of a job interview, write eye-catching resumes, and, if students contact the office early enough in their educations, help them choose a career and recommend a relevant course of study. Nonetheless, this service is [...]

September 20, 2017|Guest Post|

Precision Education: A National University Professor Unbundles a Course

September 20, 2017|Guest Post|

Guest post by National University human anatomy and physiology adjunct faculty member Nima Salimi, a biologist who also works in the Division of Vaccine Discovery at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. He writes about how he is “unbundling” a course as part of the Precision Education initiative at National University. I think [...]

September 20, 2017|Student Success|

Unbundling the College Experience to Help Students Reach Their Goals

September 20, 2017|Student Success|

The process of what we call “unbundling” the college experience has already revolutionized other aspects of our lives, including how we listen to music. We can choose to listen to individual songs from Spotify, Pandora, or similar services, for example, without having to purchase an entire album. Meanwhile, the system identifies and offers us options [...]

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