A poetry appreciation class for 30,000 – what’s that like? Hear the author talk about her experiences as a MOOC student in the latest Reporter's Notebook podcast.
It’s been 25 years since I last set foot in a university classroom and, to be honest, the thought of doing so now makes me a little uneasy. Not that I’ll be in a classroom per se this time round. The 10-week course on modern and contemporary American poetry that I’ve enrolled in through Coursera is taught solely online.
An introductory email from the instructor, University of Pennsylvania English professor Al Filreis, assured me that I didn’t need to know a thing about poetry to succeed in the class. But he too admitted to some trepidation. It would be a challenge, he wrote, to judge how well everyone is doing – all 30,000 of us. We would use online chat groups to discuss the poems and peer-to-peer grading to assess one another’s writing assignments. There would be weekly quizzes and four short essays and if I complete them all, I’ll get a certificate.
Week one gets under way with a look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. After reading Dickinson’s “I dwell in Possibility –” I watch a 20-minute video of the engaging Dr. Filreis and his TAs parsing its meaning. We are invited to do the same on one of the several chat groups that have sprung up on the site. At the end of the week I attempt my first quiz, two short multiple-choice questions. I score 100 percent on the first question and 80 on the second. All in all, not too bad a beginning. Read more...
Late can be costly in childcare. When parents arrive late to pick up their children, caregivers are forced to work extra hours – often with no compensation. One solution is to charge late parents a small fine to deter this behaviour. But when economists Uri Gneezy and Aldo Rustichini did just that – introducing a $3 late fee at a group of daycare centres in Haifa, Israel – it had the opposite effect: the late arrivals more than doubled.
In recent years, behavioural economists like Drs. Gneezy and Rustichini have begun to study how people respond to incentives using controlled experiments. Their work reveals a host of psychological effects: we’re risk averse, prone to choking when the stakes are high, and we over-value the present. Different types of incentives – financial, social or moral – can have different effects. As a result, policies often backfire.
In the daycare study, the late penalty failed because it took an important social cost – the desire not to impose on others – and replaced it with a financial cost that parents found quite affordable. Instructors often use a similar policy with grades, deducting five or ten percent of the mark from late assignments. Could this have the perverse effect of encouraging procrastination?
The comparison between grades and financial incentives is not far-fetched. After all, students work for grades, and they trade them for scholarships and a spot in graduate school. Grading practices affect which courses students take and how much they enjoy them. So, do students treat grades like money? Read more...
The 1st AOU International Conference on Open Learning - Role, Challenges and Aspirations. 25-27th November 2013, Kuwait
The in Kuwait is organizing its first International Conference on Open Learning: 'Role, Challenges and Aspirations' and this in collaboration with the , a leading center in the Arab region that focuses on the development and use of educational software, using multimedia on the internet. The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the new trends in open learning and technology and to recommend solutions to the challenges of open learning and will be of interest to academics, psychologists, researchers, practitioners and decision makers from different countries and institutions.
In collaboration with the Regional Center for Development of Educational Software (ReDSOFT), the Arab Open University (AOU) headquarter in Kuwait is organizing its first International Conference on Open Learning: Role, Challenges and Aspirations on 25-27 November, 2013 in Kuwait.
This international Conference on open and blended learning will bring together a range of academics, psychologists, researchers, practitioners and decision makers from different countries and institutions.
The conference will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the new trends in open learning and technology and to recommend solutions to the challenges of open learning. The papers will be presented in Arabic and in English (instant translation will be available).
• The Main Objectives of the Conference:
1- Increasing awareness about the importance of open learning and its role in development in the world and specifically in the Arab region.
2- Spreading awareness about quality standards and quality assurance in open learning.
3- Suggesting solutions to the different challenges (technological, psycho-Social and bureaucratic) in open learning.
• The Main Themes of the Conference:
1- Quality assurance in open learning.
2- Techniques and methods of open learning and the required learning resources.
3- Success stories in open learning.
4- Academic accreditation for open learning degrees and institutions.
5- International trends and experience in open learning.
6- The role of open learning in development.
- Introduction to open and distance learning.
- Managing the implementation of open and distance learning.
- Technology in open and distance learning
- For any inquiry, please contact: Miss. Hadeer Ahmad: email@example.com. Or: Miss. Yasmin Mahmoud: firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th ESREA Triennial Research Conference: Changing Configurations of Adult Education in Transitional Times, Berlin, 4-7 october 2013
This event is organized by the , a scientific society to provide a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in education of adults and adult learning. The conference wants to promote discussions about the developments of adult education on national and European levels: new goals, new actors, new institutions and new forms of teaching and learning.
Contributions for this issue can be made in the form of research papers no longer than 500 words. The deadline for is 15 January 2013.
SHEEC Enhancement Themes: International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 11-13 June 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. This event will be celebrated reflecting the 10 years of the , a program of the coordinated by the . Enhancement Themes support higher education institutions in Scotland in managing the quality of the student learning experience. Furthermore, they encourage academic staff and students to share existing good practice and to identify particular areas (Themes) that need development and innovation. This event will feature full paper presentations, poster presentations, workshop sessions, and keynote lectures from leading international experts covering the spectrum of enhancement. The deadline for abstract and proposal submissions is 3 November 2012. .
INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCES: 16th Conference of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) & 7th Conference of the Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU)
BRIDGES FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE UNITING CONTINENTS AND SOCIETIES
ERSCP-EMSU İstanbul Boğaziçi University 2013 cordially invites scholars, graduate students, academicians, researchers, professionals, public employees to present their research studies and success stories.
The conferences are offering unique collaboration and exchange of experience opportunities and will be one of the largest gatherings of EMSU and ERSCP groups, providing a broader vision for interdisciplinary research and extended partnership.
Select experts in the fields of ERSCP and EMSU make up the core group of the International Joint Conferences. ERSCP-EMSU joint conferences will focus on the integration of many research efforts in addressing the challenge of sustainable development applications in higher education institutions and also in production and consumption patterns.
The joint conferences will offer a novel bridging approach for a more sustainable future by uniting continents and societies, discussing how to attain the development of sustainable regions within and between different continents and societies. The success of bridging will be highlighted through international collaborations that will enforce synergetic benefits of both ecological and human health together with material welfare.
The presentations are expected to attract representatives of researchers and academicians from many disciplines, policy makers, production and service sector representatives, NGOs, agencies, media who will be the main actors for bridging action plans for a sustainable future.
As ‘Sustainable Life Styles’ is one of the main topics of İstanbul ERSCP-EMSU Joint Conferences, contribution of university graduates who have already succeeded sustainability concern for more sustainable business outcomes will be encouraged within the frame of bridging EMSU in the context of ERSCP.
On the top of that, universities require huge amounts of resources leading to large quantities of waste and emissions, foils in sustainable development. Universities either campus or city based are one of the important sources of pollution for soil, water and air compartments. The sustainable university life plans will be explored with a thorough understanding of international standardization concept in human health, waste minimization and resource conservation issues. This very successful part of the İstanbul EMSU Conference will create the discussion forum for the continuation of improvements in environmental management systems for more sustainable universities. The international examples of sustainability assessment methodologies/tools applied for evaluation of sustainable green university campus studies will reflect new competencies in this field. This will definitely draw attention of the contributors to the role of universities for promotion of sustainability.
ERSCP İstanbul will cover broad range of core topics on sustainable production and consumption applications including the role of relevant stakeholders and tools.
ERSCP İstanbul aims to build on the success from the previous ERSCP conferences by identifying many areas that warrant further investigation. Following the outcomes of previous ERSCP conferences, ERSCP İstanbul will definitely provide another comprehensive update forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest developments sustainable technology development/modification issues for success case studies.
The changes in the countries’ development, their performance towards environmental targets and the level of their best practices that are required to sustain their population and economic growth will affect the development of their sustainability infrastructure. Within this framework, the impacts of the recent changes in economic and political situations of the countries will be assessed by referring their ecological footprint as the baseline especially for production industries. As an industrial product can be evaluated through eco-design concerns; main drivers, barriers advantages for application of eco-design concept need to be reassessed for the common economic and political problems. The recent changes in industrial eco-design topic will be enlightened by making a thorough analysis of technological innovations / improvements / modifications, socio-economic factors, life cycle assessment applications and dissemination opportunities. The role of consumer behavior, governmental support, economic incentives need to be successfully integrated for defining sustainable consumption and production patterns in long run.
In addition to these, concerning the outcomes of various protocols, conventions and declarations globally based sustainability thresholds and forecasts for ecological degradation and human well-being, governance, energy sources will be discussed through the relevant sessions.
Moreover, the evaluation of sustainability indicators for regional area development will be handled. The examples need to cover mega cities and rural areas. This will take a leading position in future concerns of wide applications for sustainable production and consumption taking into account cultural and historical impacts. Certain action plans with decision making mechanisms are necessary for the preservation of rural areas especially sensitive areas. The important sectors for rural area need to be improved by focusing on not only their typical market share but also with the environmental costs. Sustainable rural area development concerns social well-being, renewable energy and resource potentials, and agricultural activities as the basic challenging aspects for encouraging local people to reduce their impact in their regions. The joint conferences will cover the integration of environmentally technical, socio-political models that covers economic values as well.
Assoc. Prof. Nilgün Cılız, Boğaziçi University, Conference Chair.
The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) will hold its annual conference June 3-5, 2013 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, Beautiful British Columbia.
This conference is being planned in close collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) so that individuals attending one of these three conferences will also have the opportunity to attend sessions at one or both of the other gatherings. A pre-conference, co-hosted with CASAE, will be held on Saturday, June 1. Information will follow.
This year’s theme
The Congress 2013 theme is “@the Edge.” CSSHE invites submissions that explore the overall theme or aspects of it as applied to the field of higher education. Papers addressing specific-but-related topics such as online learning, governance, research, informal and experiential learning, recruitment and student services will also be considered for inclusion in the program.
Who should attend?
CSSHE invites submissions from researchers in higher education and related disciplines such as political science, sociology, history, philosophy, psychology, women’s studies, economics, business, administration, and the professions. This conference offers an opportunity for graduate students, educators, policy makers, administrators, activists, and advocates to contribute, reflect, and share their perspectives on higher education and issues around student success. Graduate students, college and university faculty and administrators are encouraged to submit proposals for the 2013 conference. This year’s conference will include keynote presentations, organized paper presentations, individual paper presentations, and a poster session.
The key networking event for developing eLearning capacities in Africa, eLearning Africa 2013 will be hosted by Namibia's Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of ICT.
Tradition, change and innovation
eLearning Africa 2013 will focus on tradition, change and innovation, and the call for proposals is now open!
New technologies combined with a pioneering spirit to improve lives are already changing the way we learn, work, and play. How are African youth shaping their identities and navigating different learning spaces with these technologies? Are new technologies fundamentally disruptive to tradition or do they open up space for the digitisation of tradition? How is innovation in Africa shaping the Continent's learning landscape?
These are some of the key questions that will guide our conversations at eLearning Africa 2013; let us know what you think! We encourage all practitioners, experts and academics engaged in an African context to submit a proposal and be a part of Africa's largest annual conference on ICT for development, education and training. For more information on this year's themes, deadline and how to submit a proposal, please click here.
eLearning Africa at a glance
- The key networking event for ICT-enhanced education and training in Africa
- A must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities
- The hub for first-hand information and real-life examples of how ICT advances the cause of education for all in Africa
- Over 1,500 decision makers and practitioners from the education, business and government sectors, with 80% coming from Africa
- Accompanied by an extensive exhibition and demonstration area
To ensure you keep up with latest eLearning Africa developments, be sure to visit our news portal, sign up for our newsletter, and join our communities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Conference
As stakeholders in international higher education we face a major challenge: how do we contribute through our daily activities to building a more sustainable future and moreover, how sustainable is our approach towards international education in a rapidly changing global environment?
Sustainability – meeting current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987) - is a concept that is extremely meaningful not only at a societal level, but also at institutional and personal levels. It is also a concept that is very applicable to the work being done in international education. Any strategy or policy aimed at creating sustainable communities implicitly or explicitly includes the establishment and strengthening of education systems. Leaders and practitioners in education and, more specifically, in international higher education must dedicate more attention to better connecting their work with the overall goal of building sustainable societies.
As we reach the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), what role has international higher education adopted in sustainability? In which ways do efforts aimed at internationalizing our campuses, academic offerings, research, public service, and, ultimately, our students, meaningfully contribute to building a better and ultimately sustainable future? At the same time it is worth asking ourselves whether or not traditional practices in international education are sustainable in the future or if it is time to rethink and reimplement our approach towards the internationalization of higher education.
Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in one of Canada’s greenest cities for CONAHEC’s 15th North American Higher Education Conference! "Towards a Sustainable Future: The Role of International Education" will take place from May 1-3, 2013 on campus at our host institution MacEwan University with additional events at the University of Alberta, our co-host for this exciting event. This meeting will focus on how higher education institutions can better pool their strengths and resources and improve our international collaboration in order to empower our societies to become more actively engaged in preparing the citizens that a sustainable and more equitable future will require.
Edmonton, Canada, has long been known as the capital of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta. This metropolis combines urban excellence and an unrivalled arts scene with a perfect dose of small-town friendliness. The City of Festivals, it is home to more than 30 celebrations every year. It also boasts North America’s largest entertainment and shopping centre, the West Edmonton Mall.
A lesser-known fact is that Edmonton is one of Canada’s greenest cities. Edmonton was characterized as the second most sustainable mid-sized city in Canada by the 2011 Corporate Knights Magazine based on its environmental footprint and commitment to creating a healthy, thriving population. It boasts North America’s largest urban parkland (the Edmonton river valley) running right through the center of the city - a green space 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park. The city is also on the cutting edge regarding adoption of green technologies. As an example, carbon capture technology will soon be used in the region to store 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground annually by 2015.
Our host institutions, provide excellent examples of how state of the art technology can be applied to the creation of environmentally friendly and sustainable campuses and how innovative strategies towards international education are being implemented.
In addition to our typical audience, composed of institutional leaders and directors of international education from higher education institutions, on this occasion, CONAHEC extends a special invitation to experts in sustainable development and international education as they think about the role international education can play in working towards a sustainable future. In addition, CONAHEC is especially interested in inviting the participation of scholars representing Canadian First Nations, Native Americans and indigenous peoples from other countries as well as scholars specializing in issues related to the role of international higher education in building sustainable, inclusive and equitable societies.
The 15th North American Higher Education Conference is organized by the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration. CONAHEC links higher education institutions from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and from the rest of the world through collaboration and cooperation.
IAU Global Meeting of Associations (GMA V): Institutional Diversity in Higher Education. Strength or Threat for Associations? Apr 24, 2013 to Apr 26, 2013. University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom.
This Conference is organized by the in collaboration with the , and the , which will also serve as the host venue.
The are held every two years, and are addressed exclusively to leaders of national, regional and international associations and organizations of higher education institutions. The event brings the participants an ideal framework for exchanging ideas, practices, and for networking. .