30 mars 2013

Harvard Asks Graduates to Donate Time to Free Online Humanities Class

New York TimesBy RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA. Alumni of elite colleges are accustomed to getting requests for money from their alma mater, but the appeal that Harvard sent to thousands of graduates on Monday was something new: a plea to donate their time and intellects to the rapidly expanding field of online education. For the first time, Harvard has opened a humanities course, The Ancient Greek Hero, as a free online class. In an e-mail sent Monday, it asked alumni who had taken the course at the university to volunteer as online mentors and discussion group managers. Read more...

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How to save money on university reading

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy David Ellis. Whether you're an e-book convert or loyal to old-fashioned tomes, what's really important is keeping the costs down at university says David Ellis. Lately, there’s been conjecture over the increasing prominence of academic e-books and the concurrent decline of the traditional paper-and-ink variety. Personally, I prefer the physical version – eReaders just aren’t sturdy enough when you require a few extra inches of height to grab a suitcase upon a wardrobe, or to kiss someone taller.
Still, I’m convinced the potential of e-books mean their weightless presence will be felt in all lecture theatres before too long. Argument here is academic, though – most students are more concerned with making the most financially efficient use of all available resources, whatever the format. Read more...

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Student financial support: do you know what is available?

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Liam Burns, NUS President. Financial hardship support is available for university students, but reductions to the funding pot are cause for concern says Liam Burns.
Politicians and commentators often obsess over the number of people going into higher education, but forget that getting through a university’s door is just the start of the story. But we should be equally concerned about who can stay the course and make it through to the other side - it’s surely a self-defeating waste of public money, and talent, if a student is set up to fail and then has to drop out simply because they can’t make ends meet. I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the past few weeks examining the evidence from ourPound in Your Pocketresearch project on the financial pressures on students and their impact on individual wellbeing - not least the imperative to balance work and study in order to make ends meet, to avoid financial bailouts and to access postgraduate education. Read more...

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University leaders paid £250,000 a year as students fees are tripled

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Graeme Paton. University vice-chancellors were paid almost £250,000 on average last year, just as they prepared to impose a huge rise in student tuition fees. Research shows that the institutions’ leaders saw their pay and benefits increase by more than £5,000 on average in 12 months. The highest-paid was Prof Andrew Hamilton, of Oxford, whose overall package stood at £424,000 in 2011/12 – the final academic year before a near tripling of student fees. It was almost three times the Prime Minister’s salary of £142,500.
Prof Les Ebdon, the director of the Government’s Office for Fair Access, was awarded a £32,000 increase in the final year of his previous post in charge of Bedfordshire University. It took his salary and benefits there to £280,000 – more than the £271,000 paid to the vice-chancellor of Cambridge. Read more...

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Students will defend need for traditional learning

Times Higher EducationBy Chris Parr. Many students will “defend to the death” the need for traditional campus-based lectures, and will only delve into the world of free online educational resources if instructed to by their teachers, a conference has heard.
Toni Pearce, National Union of Students vice-president for further education, and one of the candidates to become the new president, challenged the perception that students were increasingly turning to the web for their education, and in doing so overlooking more traditional campus-based learning. Read more...

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The supposed value of a humanities degree from Harvard?

http://www.senseworlds.com/wp-content/themes/Aspire/Aspire/images/crack.jpgThe supposed value of a humanities degree from Harvard?
OMG…this was my first thought on reading this article “Harvard Asks Alumni for Help With Humanities MOOC” published in yesterday’s Chronicle of Education. [I've just read it as I'm a little behind in my reading.]  Wow is my response….and I’d agree with  ssaulvolk, one of the commentators on the article called who wrote 10 hours ago “Good news for adjuncts who thought they were at the bottom of the academic barrel! Harvard has come up with an even lower category. Kudos to the university with the GNP-sized endowment.”
YES! Clearly Humanities graduates either need to be underpaid, undervalued and they are cheap i.e. free for service. What Harvard has indirectly stated is that people with degree in the humanities have little or no value. Why? Well, they’re clearly willing to work for nothing according to Harvard!! One has to wonder what value does a PhD in the humanities have? Clearly, not much. Way to go Harvard in setting the bar for the manner in which people with Humanities PhD and degrees ought to be treated. You’d hope that perhaps the university would be far more politer, less judgmental to its faculty and students, and alumni but obviously they’re’ worthless. If this is the case…what about the rest of us??  (I didn’t get my PhD from Harvard just in case you’re wondering.)

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Online Rx for 'Cost Disease'

HomeBy Ry Rivard. Universities must slow the rising cost of higher education or risk losing the support of the American public, the president emeritus of Princeton University, William Bowen, argues in his new book. To do that, college administrations should turn to online courses to combat the “cost disease,” a term explained several decades ago by Bowen, a labor economist. The disease is simple: higher education prices are hard to bring down because labor prices rise while productivity remains the same. Bowen says that in academe, like a string quartet, there’s traditionally been little chance for colleges to reduce the number of laborers or the time it takes to finish the work. The cure, Bowen writes, may be online education. He argues online education can reduce costs without undermining students’ education. While he goes out of his way to make sure nobody thinks online education will be a silver bullet, Bowen's argument is likely to receive attention because of his time at Princeton and at ITHAKA studying new technologie. The book, Higher Education in the Digital Age (forthcoming from Princeton University Press), frames the current and coming debates instead of answering questions about the future of online learning. About a third of students now take at least one class online. Read more...

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Report on Impact of Financial Crisis on European Education Budgets

HomeA new report from the European Commission examines the effect of the financial crisis on education budgets. The report shows that nearly half of the 28 countries for which data were available cut their spending on tertiary and adult education from 2010 to 2011, with the greatest decline observed in Slovakia (nearly 15 percent), and reductions of more than 5 percent in the Czech Republic, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, and Northern Ireland. In 2012, even larger cuts took place in Cyprus and Lithuania (more than 30 percent), and Greece (25 percent).
Only a few countries say that budget reductions have resulted in increased tuition fees. The report cites Spain and the United Kingdom as two countries where tuition fees are being increased “with the objective of aligning them with the real cost of studies.”
The report examines educational spending at all levels, from pre-primary to tertiary education.

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New Database of Complaints on Student Loans

HomeNew Database of Complaints on Student Loans
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday unveiled a new database on consumer complaints on various financial services and products, including student loans. “By sharing these complaints with the public, we are creating greater transparency in consumer financial products and services,” said a statement from Richard Cordray, director of the bureau. “The database is good for consumers and it is also good for honest businesses. We believe the marketplace of ideas can do great things with this data.”

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Two Faculty Jobs at Once

HomeBy Paul Jump for Times Higher Education. The endless demands on modern academics' time are such that many feel they are doing the work of two people at once. Yet one Canadian academic apparently felt able to perform the roles of two professors 4,000 miles apart. Jonathan Hart was appointed professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Alberta in 2004. In 2011, he was also appointed professor of English studies at Durham University, in Britain. Neither was a part-time position, and it appears that neither institution knew about Professor Hart's dual roles until the facts came to light at the end of last year.
A spokeswoman for Durham confirmed that it no longer employed Professor Hart but declined to comment further on an "individual staffing matter."
A spokeswoman for Alberta said the institution had "become aware" of the fact that Professor Hart had also taken a position at Durham and was "looking into" the matter. Read more...

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