10 avril 2013

EdX and San Jose State Announce Partnership for MOOCs In Blended Classes

moocnewsandreviews.comBy Robert McGuire. San Jose Sate University and edX, the nonprofit MOOC provider founded by Harvard and M.I.T, announced a new partnership today to use edX MOOC materials in for-credit blended classes at California State University campuses. The initiative would build on the model piloted last semester by SJSU Lecturer Khosrow Ghadiri who incorporates the edX MOOC MITx 6.002x Circuits and Electronics into his EE98 Introduction to Circuits Analysis course. He essentially flips the classroom, having his 87 on-campus students use the MOOC materials, including lectures, readings and quizzes, alongside the tens of thousands of other MOOC students. He then devotes classroom time to small-group activities, projects and quizzes to check progress. Read more...

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Coursera Starting Chinese-language MOOCs

moocnewsandreviews.comBy Robert McGuire. Let’s start with my vote for the most overlooked news of the week (and a great example of burying the lede.) According to the last third of a story in Xinhua Insight, Coursera will launch a Chinese-language platform in August using the National Taiwan University’s history classes and a Chinese opera course from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Similar Chinese-language partnerships are in the works, according to Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng, who was in Beijing two weeks ago to promote the company. Also largely overlooked — brought to our attention by Ray Schroeder’s Online Learning Update — is news of a course at the University of Indiana limited to 500 students and therefore just a BOOC. (The B is for Big.) The goal of this model is to foster more dialogue than is typical in a MOOC, dividing students into professional networking groups and relying on “wikifolios” that facilitate sharing and commenting on written drafts. Read more...

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HandiChat Alternance

http://www.handichat-alternance.fr/sites/all/themes/handichat/logo.pngL'événement HandiChat Alternance
De quoi s'agit-il?

HandiChat Alternance est une opération lancée par Interneto et l’Agefiph en 2012.
Cette 2e édition, les 23 et 24 avril 2013, s'enrichit, avec:
- des chats vidéo d'entreprises ( 40 mn) qui recrutent en alternance, présentent leurs postes à pourvoir et dialoguent avec les candidats en situation de handicap.
- des émissions d'écoles (20 mn) qui proposent leurs formations en alternance et présentent leurs actions à destination des étudiants handicapés.
- Des émissions « conseils » avec l'Agefiph et les partenaires de l'opération, qui permettent d’expliquer en quoi l’alternance constitue une bonne voie d’insertion sur le marché de l’emploi pour les personnes handicapées. Les internautes pourront ensuite retrouver l'ensemble des émissions sur ce site en VOD pendant un an.
L’enjeu de l’alternance

Outil stratégique pour une insertion durable des personnes handicapées dans l’emploi, l’alternance a fait l’objet, ces dernières années, d’efforts conséquents de l’Agefiph.
Entre 2005 et 2010, la progression du nombre de contrats primés a été de 54%.
Le profil des apprentis handicapés est spécifique: plus masculin, plus âgé, plus qualifié que la moyenne des apprentis. Pour 80% des employeurs interrogés, il s’agissait du premier recrutement d’un apprenti handicapé. 72% des interrogés sont satisfaits du déroulement du contrat (source: Enquête La lettre des études et évaluations de l’Agefiph N°4 - Février 2013).
Qui sommes-nous?

L’Agefiph, Association de Gestion du Fonds pour l’insertion professionnelle des personnes handicapées, instituée par la loi du 10 juillet 1987, élabore et finance des aides et des services en direction des personnes handicapées, des employeurs et des professionnels de l’insertion. Son action se déploie par un vaste réseau de professionnels (900 opérateurs). En 2012, l’Agefiph a engagé 198 864 actions en direction des personnes handicapées et 106 957 en direction des entreprises. Interneto est une agence de conseil en communication audiovisuelle, spécialisée dans l’organisation et la diffusion de chats vidéo, particulièrement dans le domaine du recrutement et du handicap.
http://www.handichat-alternance.fr/sites/all/themes/handichat/logo.png An meascán HandiChat imeacht
Cad é?
Is meascán HandiChat oibríocht a sheol Interneto agus Agefiph sa bhliain 2012. Níos mó...

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What is the Future of Digital Resources for Learning & Teaching?

What is the Future of Digital Resources for Learning & Teaching?Essen, April 2013 - To discuss this matter, the University of Duisburg-Essen invites educators and researchers to a European conference on May 16 and 17, 2013. Some main points of dialogue will include defining quality in learning and innovations in learning resources.
Recently Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have shaken up the blogosphere and media reports on higher education. These courses make use of open digital resources for learning and have attracted hundreds of thousands of online learners at no cost. A digital resource for learning can be a written text, pictures, slides, videos, a 3-D simulation or a website combining all of them into ready-made curricula including tools for (self-)assessment for educators or learners. More and more digital resources with open licenses facilitate educators and learners in editing, improving, and adapting to different learning situations inside or outside of the classroom and in turn share their own work with the online community. These open digital resources provide the foundation for a borderless exchange of teaching and learning methods in many different fields. But a potential conflict exists between open learning resources and the quality of those resources. Restrictions on the certification of the creators of such content or the access to learning materials through paywalls have to some degree defended the quality of those resources in the past. How can creators ensure that their digital resources meet an appropriate level of quality and how can users be certain that said resources are worth their time?

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I'll tell you a story

I'll tell you a storyThe world largest collection of fairy tales, a really passionate project which involves a lot of creative people! A teaching resource for learning English and as a parenting bedtime-resource.
The project stems from the deep conviction that fairy tales are an important element for the growth and the education of the person, from an early age.

Fairy tales are great educational tools for teachers and parents that’s why we have collected more than 1,000 stories in "I’ll tell you a story". We have achieved unimaginable results for non-commercial project demonstrating how cultural projects are sustainable when … the passion (and technology!) are in the air!
The fairy tales are vehicles of reality (Italo Calvino), they help us to narrate the story of our lives. The greatest classics are incentives for everyone to create and tell their inner and outer worlds!
On this basis, we have promoted "I'll tell you a story" as a teaching resource for learning English and as a parenting bedtime-resource with great success: more than 50,000 downloads for official Android and iOS applications in less than a month after release and we are ranked in the top 100 in 55 different countries (source: AppAnnie)!
I'll tell you a story.

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Décentralisation: des améliorations à apporter

congrès ARF octobre 2012Les Régions prennent acte du calendrier choisi par le Gouvernement pour l’examen des trois projets de loi de décentralisation. Elles estiment cependant que des améliorations doivent y être apportées.
- la France a besoin de Régions fortes en capacité de porter l’emploi, le développement économique, l’innovation, d’accompagner la croissance des entreprises et la réindustrialisation des territoires.  Ce sont actuellement  les premières préoccupations des Français. La loi doit mieux conforter les Régions en la matière en leur transférant le pilotage plein et entier de ces politiques publiques;
- pour les Régions, garantes de l’équité territoriale, la métropole doit être confortée comme un espace urbain de développement. Mais cela ne doit pas conduire à un émiettement des compétences sur les territoires ni à une concurrence entre territoires de proximité;
- les Français ont besoin de clarté et de savoir qui fait quoi, seule garantie du renforcement de la démocratie locale et de l’efficacité de l’action publique;
- les Régions sont attachées au dialogue et à la co-construction entre les collectivités sur chacun des territoires. Mais elles considèrent  que les conférences territoriales de l’action publique sont une nouvelle strate qui risque de complexifier l’organisation administrative et d’accroitre les tensions locales entre collectivités, au moment où il y a, plus que jamais, besoin de cohérence et de lisibilité de l’action publique. Pour les Régions, il suffirait de renforcer un outil de concertation qui existe déjà, les conférences régionales des exécutifs, et de mieux y intégrer les représentants des zones rurales.
Comme elles l’ont démontré en septembre dernier en signant à l’Elysée un Pacte pour la croissance et l’emploi, les Régions sont disposées à accompagner l’Exécutif dans son action en faveur du redressement économique du pays.
congrès ARF octobre 2012 Réigiún a chur faoi deara an sceideal roghnaithe ag an Rialtas le breithniú trí billí díláraithe. Creideann siad, áfach, gur chóir go mbeadh feabhsúcháin a dhéanamh. Ní mór an Fhrainc láidir réigiúin cumas a thabhairt poist, forbairt eacnamaíochta, nuálaíocht, fás gnó tacaíochta agus na críocha reindustrialisation. Níos mó...

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Donations to UK universities from alumni reach record levels

The Guardian homeBy Richard Adams. British universities and colleges accrued total donations worth £774m in 2011-12, a 14% increase on the previous year. British universities are imitating their American counterparts in persuading former students to open their wallets as the number of alumni making donations to higher education institutions rose to record levels last year. Despite the grim economic background and the ending of a government-backed matching funds scheme, universities and colleges accrued total donations worth £774m in 2011-12 according to a national survey of higher education fundraising. This is a 14% increase on the previous year's total of £676m and nearly £200m more than the total raised in 2009-10. Read more...

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Does going to university make you feel inadequate?

Blogging studentsBy . Higher education is supposed to give you skills and confidence. But lots of students end up feeling just plain anxious. Does the education system foster insecurity?
Ivan Illich, an Austrian philosopher, said schools create inferiority. When I first read this, I thought, how hypocritical of Illich to criticise institutionalised education when he himself studied at universities in Rome and Salzburg.
However, I'm now a final-year undergraduate, and experience and further reading have made me sympathetic towards Illich, particularly in relation to higher education.
Universities are often portrayed as institutions for social mobility – gateways to social status, cultural sophistication and professional jobs. Read more...

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University tuition fee rise puts off poorer boys, study finds

The Guardian homeBy Jessica Shepherd. Proportion of working-class boys who took places fell by 1.4% between 2010 and 2012, but fee hike had opposite effect on their female peers.The near-trebling of university tuition fees has deterred working-class boys from studying for degrees, but had the opposite effect on working-class girls, an analysis has found. The Independent Commission on Fees – a panel of high-profile figures from business, academia, journalism and the charity sector – looked at the socio-economic backgrounds of hundreds of thousands of 18- and 19-year-olds who took up university places last September, then compared them with those who began in September 2010. Read more...

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New Guidelines Call for Broad Changes in Science Education

New York TimesBy Justin Gillis. Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate change be taught as early as middle school. The guidelines also take a firm stand that children must learn about evolution, the central organizing idea in the biological sciences for more than a century, but one that still provokes a backlash among some religious conservatives. The guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, are the first broad national recommendations for science instruction since 1996. Read more...

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