25 mai 2013

Crowdsourcing the Curriculum

HomeBy Michael P. Ryan. Undergraduate students should join professors in selecting the content of courses taught in the humanities. This is the conclusion I came to after teaching Humanities on Demand: Narratives Gone Viral, a pilot course at Duke University that not only introduced students to some of the critical modes humanists employ to analyze new media artifacts, but also tested the viability of a new, interactive course design. One semester prior to the beginning  of class, we asked 6,500 undergraduates -- in other words, Duke's entire undergraduate student body -- to go online and submit materials they believed warranted examination in the course. Read more...

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Motivation Matters

HomeBy Paul FainAcademic preparation isn’t the only factor in college readiness. Also helping to determine whether students get to graduation are social behaviors, like whether they show up for class, engage with professors and make eye contact. A new assessment from the Education Testing Service (ETS) seeks to measure those non-academic variables. Read more...

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Concerns on Loan Denials

HomeBy Libby A. Nelson. Since the Education Department changed its underwriting standards for loans to students’ parents in 2011, 400,000 parents have been denied the loans. The denials have fallen disproportionately on historically black colleges and universities, whose leaders pleaded with the Obama administration Tuesday to reconsider the policy.
“Our students and families are in crisis now,” Michael Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund, told Education Department officials Tuesday. Lomax spoke at a hearing at which department officials sought input in advance of a new round of negotiated rule-making, which will consider underwriting standards for PLUS loans, among many other topics. Read more...

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Free Apps

HomeBy Kevin Kiley. There are quite a few things that might make the average high school senior think twice before applying to Reed College. There's the lack of intercollegiate football and Greek organizations that many students tend to associate with college. There's the reputation as a rigorous intellectual environment. There's the refusal to participate in popular rankings like those of U.S. News and World Report. There's the "Why Reed?" application essay, which has a history of eliciting eccentric responses. On top of all that, the college's sticker price is $55,920 for the upcoming academic year. Read more...

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Doctoring the Doctorate

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Hoping to help Ph.D.s secure jobs and challenge old notions about academe, Stanford University will encourage and pay for humanities graduate students to pursue careers as high school teachers, starting next year. The plan consists of a new course offering that will expose graduate students to humanities issues in high school pedagogy and curriculum, and a promise by the School of Humanities and Sciences to fully fund each humanities Ph.D. admitted to the competitive Stanford Teacher Education Program in the Graduate School of Education. Read more...

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Education in the Liberal Arts

HomeBy Kevin Kiley. Colorado College has everything one would expect at a traditional liberal arts college: small classes, prestigious faculty, high-achieving peers, a beautiful campus and an innovative curriculum with majors in the humanities, arts and sciences. Unlike most colleges, but true to the liberal arts tradition, Colorado College doesn't offer a major in business.
But it now offers one in education. That a college would add an education major is not necessarily noteworthy. In the past few decades, numerous small colleges that once exclusively offered majors in traditional liberal arts disciplines have added professional and vocational programs in the face of decreased student demand and increased competition from public universities. Read more...

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EdX signs up 15 new members

Times Higher EducationBy . The US massive open online course platform edX has signed up 15 more universities, more than doubling its number of higher education partners. The not-for-profit company, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now has 27 universities on board. The latest recruits to the “xConsortium” include its first Asian-based institutions, along with universities from the US, Australia, Germany and Belgium. In addition, Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet has become the first university in Sweden to offer Moocs. Read more...

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Drop in students fuels further net migration fall

Times Higher EducationBy Simon Baker. Net migration to the UK has fallen again mainly thanks to a 23 per cent drop in the number of students coming to the country to study. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show that 190,000 migrants arrived to study in the year to September 2012, a fall of 56,000 on the previous year. Study remains the most common reason stated for migrating to the UK, according to the ONS. Overall the data show that there was a net flow of 153,000 migrants to the UK in the year ending September 2012, 10,000 below the previous quarter’s figure of 163,000. More...

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Personal statement: 10 most overused opening sentences

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Ucas have compiled a list of the 10 most overused opening sentences in personal statements. Whatever you do, don't begin yours with any of these... Writing a personal statement is possibly the most important – and certainly the most time-consuming – aspect of the university application process. It's also rather tricky. I haven't dared dust off my own to see how many times I used the word "passionate", but the truth is it isn't easy to be original. Nearly 700,000 students applied for university last year – that's a lot of times for tutors to have to read "I have always been fascinated by ...[insert subject]". Ucas insider's guide to the personal statement. Read more...

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£222 million cost of 'free' university degrees for English in independent Scotland

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy , Scottish Political Editor. A separate Scotland’s taxpayers would have to spend at least an extra £222 million extra per year giving students from the remainder of the UK ‘free’ university tuition, a leading economist has estimated. Professor David Bell, of Stirling University, predicted at least another 4,000 school leavers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland would study north of the Border after separation. Currently SNP ministers are forced to extend their promise of a "free" higher education for Scottish students to their peers from other EU countries under European anti – discrimination laws. However, this protection does not apply within the same EU member state, allowing Scottish universities to charge youngsters from the rest of the UK up to £36,000 for a degree. Read more...

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