09 mars 2013

The inverted classroom as platform

By Robert Talbert. I’ve been talking a lot with my colleagues about their teaching practices, as part of the NSF grant I’m working on. The inverted classroom (I used to call it the flipped classroom, but I’m going back to “inverted”) has come up a lot as a teaching technique that people have heard a lot about but haven’t tried yet — or are wary of trying. I’ve been wondering about the language being used, namely: Is the inverted classroom really a “teaching technique” at all?
My answer used to be “yes”. When I first started using the inverted classroom idea, I would describe the inverted classroom as “a teaching technique” that involves reversing where information transmission and internalization take place. Later I moved to saying that the inverted classroom refers to “any teaching method” that implements this reversal. Today as I was thinking about this, I think a better description of the inverted classroom is that it is a platform, not a technique. Unlike, say, peer instruction or POGIL, the inverted classroom is not a way of teaching. It is an approach to the instructional design of a course that reorganizes where, and how, information transfer takes place and where internalization takes place. Read more...

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Why I Didn’t Go to Dubai

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Khaled Fahmy. When I received an invitation from David Wheeler to participate in the launch of Al Fanar, I was delighted. I believed that the Arab world desperately needs an incisive look at the state of its institutions of higher education. I was hoping that the publication’s inaugural event would be a good opportunity to meet fellow academics and to discuss with them the sad state of Arab universities. For the launch, I had prepared a presentation on what I thought was the single most important factor threatening higher education in the Arab world, namely, the nearly complete absence of the very concept of liberal education. Read more...

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Being Global While Sounding Local

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy David Eastwood. Traditionally a university has been defined by, indeed defined itself as, a place. People “go to” universities, even in a world where the virtual may seem to have made place less important. Students often will pay, and pay significantly, to study at universities, putting a premium on the real, the immediate, and the academic experience in a particular environment. The Harvard experience is Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. However generous the institution is with its online content, that is only a tantalizing fragment of the Harvard experience. Not valueless, of course, but different.
To study at a particular university means to study in a unique setting and in a distinctive program. The importance of that experience for many leads them to want to return to their alma mater, literally to revisit their memories and to reconnect in their university setting. Nowhere is this more powerful than at the most prestigious universities.
So what does this mean in a world where higher education is increasingly globalized, and where many of us think long and hard about our global strategy? Read more...

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Of Ngrammatology

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/lingua-franca-nameplate.pngBy William Germano. I’ve recently discovered Google’s Ngram Viewer. If you haven’t found and played with it yet, you will. The Ngram Viewer takes a corpus of just over five million library books digitized by Google and, within that arena, instantly searches for terms or phrases you may want to explore, tabulating the frequency of their occurrences over time.
The Ngram algorithm might let you visualize, for example, 20th-century deployments  of the words nitpicker, caviller, and momus—to choose more or less at random three epithets that might be applied ungenerously to a writer on language. You may already use nitpicker in this sense. (If you have grade-school children you may have another—more visceral—sense of the word, as well.) Read more...

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Thomas Friedman’s Vision of Online Oligarchy

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/the-conversation-newheader.pngBy Rebecca Schuman. Thomas L. Friedman’s breathless New York Times column on the potential of massive open online courses envisioned remote villages in Egypt enthralled with lectures on Plato and nuclear physics, and thereby a large-scale democratization of what used to be the purview of the privileged few: higher education. Friedman did mention the online revolution’s potential disadvantages—“Yes,” he conceded, “only a small percentage complete all the work, and even they still tend to be from the middle and upper classes of their societies.” But the general tone of the piece betrayed giddy anticipation for the gleaming new delivery model of education that will arise from the rubble of the old Ivory Tower. The blowback to Friedman’s piece in the professorsphere was considerable (and Richard Wolff’s rejoinder one of the best reads). And this has prompted Friedman to publish a second column in praise of the MOOC, one that doubles down on his earlier assertions with the added bonus of ad hominem insults to the professoriate. Read more...

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With New Leader, Digital Public Library of America Prepares for Its Debut

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Jennifer Howard. The long-planned Digital Public Library of America is set to make its public debut on schedule next month, with a two-day series of events, to be held April 18-19 at the Boston Public Library, and a new, high-profile leader at the helm. The DPLA announced on Tuesday that Daniel J. Cohen, a leading digital-humanities scholar, will be the project’s founding executive director. Mr. Cohen comes to the project from George Mason University, where he directs the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. In the announcement, John Palfrey, president of the DPLA’s Board of Directors, praised Mr. Cohen’s contributions to libraries and digital scholarship. Read more...

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At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Jeffrey R. Young. Austin, Tex. — Who should lead innovation in education—teachers or entrepreneurs? That key question was in the air here at this year’s South by Southwest Edu conference, which brought together a mix of entrepreneurs and educators for four days of panels and a competition for education start-ups. In the keynote address on Thursday, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, made the case for why more venture capitalists and businesses should invest in building education products and services to kick-start new ways of teaching with technology. He displayed a chart showing a recent rise in such investment but noted that education still accounts for only 1 percent of all venture-capital investment. Read more...

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Free-Textbook Company Rewrites Its Content Following Publishers’ Lawsuit

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Jake New. A free-textbook company that was sued last year by three major textbook publishers has now rewritten the content it was accused of stealing.
Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education filed a joint complaint in March 2012 against the company, known as Boundless. The publishers asserted that the way Boundless creates its textbooks violates their copyrights. In a process called “alignment,” students select the traditional text they need, and Boundless pulls together open content to create free versions of the books. Read more...

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The Next Big Thing in Enrollment Management

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/headcount-newnameplate.gifBy John M. Baworowsky. I often wonder what the next big thing in enrollment management might be, and how changes in technology, communication, and information consumption will change how American colleges and universities reach prospective students. And I look to diverse sources for direction and inspiration. Recently, I ran across an article in Hemispheres magazine that featured an interview with Fareed Zakaria, the well-known Time magazine and CNN commentator. Zakaria suggested that “the ability to interact openly, without any kind of constraint,” is the key to innovation.  I also recently read a white paper on change and innovation written for Kelmscott Communications by Kathleen M. Cross, called “Six Great New Ways You Could Be Using Facebook for Student Recruitment.” Cross, a student-search expert, discusses how social media can be used in recruitment. Social media and the Web more broadly are the most open systems of communication available. I believe they fit Zakaria’s definition of an open environment without any kind of constraint, and consequently hold great potential for innovation. The problem is that at this moment social media are primarily the turf of the traditional college-age population, and we, the enrollment managers, need to improve our skill at using those tools. Read more...

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Army and Marines Suspend Tuition Assistance Programs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy Allie Bidwell. The Army announced on Friday that it had suspended new requests in its Tuition Assistance Program, joining the Marine Corps in halting the program due to significant cuts in federal spending that took effect last week.
The Marine Corps, which made its announcement on March 2, and the Army said they would not accept new enrollments in their Tuition Assistance Programs, which provide financial support for active-duty troops who are attending high-school-completion courses and certificate programs or working toward college degrees. Under the programs, participants can receive up to $4,500 per fiscal year.
The two other main arms of the U.S. military—the Air Force and the Navy—have not yet announced whether they will follow suit in their Tuition Assistance Programs. Read more...

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