Not only about the technology, part one

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Last Friday I attended the 3rd New England Regional Sloan-C Conference.  Though the conference dealt with technology, it was not only about technology.

Scott Voisine (University of Maine at Fort Kent) described the HIRE Education partnership between UMFK and MSAD 27 Adult & Community Education.  In this relationship k-12 schooling, adult education, and higher education form an integrated whole.  Take the idea of stackable certification.   For example a person could finish high school through adult education, then get CNA training, then earn a nursing license, and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Such gradual progress allows students to build confidence and fit their education into their already busy lives.

The relationship also proves symbiotic.  Adult education can refer interested students to the university.  If a university student needs additional support, he or she can get it from adult education.   Everyone benefits from the communication and shared resources.

I can’t do full justice to this effort in a single post.  At the very least we can look at our connections with other sectors of education.

Each breakout session proved enriching enough to merit its own post.  Stay tuned for my reports on other sessions.