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Kevin Bell is the executive director for Online Curriculum Development and Deployment at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies. He leads Northeastern's efforts toward the goal of high-quality, professional online programs based on industry and academic standards. He works closely with senior leadership to ensure that the Northeastern University Online strategy aligns with the College's five-year vision and with the University's academic and regional campus goals.

Adeptly Adopting Adaptive @ SXSWedu

Kevin Bell (second from left) at the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX, on March 10 with Tiffany Mfume of Morgan State University (left), Dr. Jill Biden, educator and spouse of Vice President Joe Biden (second from right), and Lawrence Morales of Seattle Central Community College (right) on a panel hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

By Kevin Bell, Executive Director of Curriculum Development and Deployment, Lecturer Last month I was happy to be back in Austin, TX, for the 5th annual SXSWedu conference. This year I felt embraced by the “little brother” nature of the event — appreciating it for what it is — the palate clearer in Austin before Lady Gaga and/or Snoop Dog/Lion swing ... Read More »

Adaptive Learning: No One-Size-Fits-All Solution, but Plenty of Approaches

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There’s no hotter segment in education right now than adaptive learning. What a game-changer it would be if we could tailor the learning experience based on a student’s progress. But despite its lofty goals, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s session held last month in Seattle, adaptive learning conversation did not focus on whether “adaptive learning is the golden ... Read More »

Observations on Online Experiential Learning


The following are excerpts from a paper I’ve been writing with my colleague Anne Hammer at the Northeastern College of Professional Studies (CPS). Experiential education is a holistic philosophy with carefully chosen experiences supported by reflection, critical analysis and syntheses. In more simplistic terms, experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for ... Read More »

Death to the College Credit


In my experience in higher ed, I’ve learned this rule: Governance is impervious to being fixed. Somehow it works, and no degree of AAU guidance will make it uniform, or even rational. And a university’s governance works only at that university; whereas one school takes 12 minutes to approve a new concept, another may take 12 years. In general, though, ... Read More »

Back to the Future: How Online Tools Can Help Instructors Get Back to What They Love


Not long ago, I posted an entry on my own blog about the ways in which the instructor’s role might be able to be reinvented, rather than undermined, by the assimilation of online tools and process. 
My hypothesis was that with some readjustment, continued focus on quality and a research mindset, instructors who embrace innovations and look seriously at available ... Read More »

Hijacking MOOCs


The recent announcement from the California State University (CSU) system regarding its embrace of edX Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is both interesting and depressing at the same time. As with many aspects of the MOOC phenomenon, it comes packaged with good and bad aspects bundled up together. Instructors will offer a “special ‘flipped’ version of an electrical engineering course…where ... Read More »

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