02 juin 2013

5 Benefits of Providing More Value to the On-Campus Student

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy Brian SperoFor most colleges and universities, having students live on campus can provide a number of benefits, both in revenue and in classroom performance. So how can an institution maximize the benefits while creating an atmosphere that not only attracts a growing number of students, but also ensures that their experience is mutually beneficial? A comprehensive approach that emanates from the concept of providing improved value for the on-campus resident can have far reaching benefits for both student and school. Read more...

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How Human Resources Can Ease Leadership Changes

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UBTech_leadership.jpgBy Carol Patton. Smooth onboarding by Human Resources gets incoming campus leadership off to good start. Chances are, your institution is or may soon be recruiting for leadership positions, such as president, chancellor, or vice president. At Alfred University (N.Y.), for example, the search is underway for a new provost, and within the next five years, the institution plans to recruit two vice presidents and a president, says Mark Guinan, HR director at the private university, which supports approximately 1,000 employees and 2,300 students. Read more...

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The Science of Teacher Evaluation Manipulation

By . Hopefully, another semester has come to a close for you and you’re catching up on some much needed research/sleep.   After I’ve doled out grades for my students, I usually get a nice big stack of evaluations of my teaching abilities, filled out by those very same students who squeaked by with a “C-“in my class. At my previous university, it was the ONLY way my teaching was evaluated; for better or worse, no senior faculty or peers ever evaluated my teaching content, style, or skills in the classroom.  A whopping 40% of my annual evaluation came from what my students recorded on bubble-sheets and, occasionally, their written comments. As a social scientist, I have had some general questions about the validity and the reliability of the whole process. Do students really know a good teacher when they see one?  Isn’t this a little bit like letting the inmates evaluate the prison warden?  I was glad to know that there has been a ton written on the topic, some of which has been summarized as implying that student evaluations of instructors are “highly reliable” and “at least moderately valid.”  Others, however, disagree or call for more research. Read more...

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In Search of Employability: Curricula of the Future, Meet Business

http://aspireblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AspireBlog2.gifBy Dean John LaBrie. You hear the word “employability” everywhere you go these days, which is no surprise when domestic and international unemployment rates are what they are. Inevitably, the discussion about workers’ readiness for real and beneficial work inevitably turns to the relationship between education and economic development. And although this relationship gets periodically debated, most of the developed and developing world has come to realize that a vibrant, diverse and economically strong society hinges on a strong and diverse higher education system to feed industry, government and business. Countries around the world are developing policies and infrastructure to grow and import educated talent to feed their local and national economies. International mobility for the educated class is a reality that countries such as Canada, Australia and the UK are exploiting to their tremendous economic benefit. Read more...

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Guest post on the Lords of MOOC Creation: who’s really for change, and who in fact is standing athwart history yelling STOP?

MOOCs:  Gender, Class and Empire
Much of the discussion of MOOCs has focused on (alternately) their promise of providing “the best teachers” to students around the world, and presenting cheap quality education to the masses; or the threat they pose to education, in replacing face to face contact with potted lectures, further deskilling and de-professionalizing those of us who teach at less elite universities.  We want to argue that MOOCs raise broader questions than those usually mentioned. In the course of listening to a discussion of MOOCs at the recent meeting of the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), we realized that MOOCs must be analyzed in the context of the U.S. American discourse of gender, class, and empire.
One aspect of MOOCs is that the stars are (almost) all men.
  At one website only 9 of 56 History MOOCS were presented by women.  Without a doubt, the model of the MOOC – of the authoritative talking head – is one that privileges cultural perceptions of men and male control over certain types of knowledge.  The gendered nature of the hierarchy of knowledge transmission that takes place is clear in the MOOC model of education. Although “students” are invited to respond at different points, to a large extent, the presenter controls the topic, the vocabulary, and the trajectory of whatever “dialogue” might take place. In recent stories on MOOCs at Princeton and Harvard, the instructors (all men) are described by their reputation as charismatic teachers. Read more...

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A Mobile Learning Startup Idea

By Joshua Kim. Do you dream of launching your own ed tech startup?
Of taking the plunge of turning your ideas, knowledge, and networks into a company?
The factors that stop me from going the startup route are:
Startup founders have no life. They work nights, weekends, and holidays. Forget work / life balance when you are trying to get a company off the ground. I'm not ready to sacrifice family time for the life of a startup founder. Read more...

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Our Discussion of "Higher Ed in 2018"

By Joshua Kim. Last week, Jeb Bush and Randy Best published a Views column titled Higher Ed in 2018. In this piece they made the case for "transformational" change in higher ed, arguing that the next 5 years will see a fundamental shift from a "provider-driven" model to a "consumer-driven" one. Read more...

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Race and Inequity

HomeBy Paul Fain. Most discussions about diversity in higher education focus on the admissions process at selective colleges. Rarely considered are problems due to the segregation of disadvantaged students at community colleges. Two new research papers, released last week alongside a broad policy report from the Century Foundation, attempt to shift the conversation by focusing more attention on racial and economic stratification in the two-year sector. Read more...

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