09 juin 2013

Kairos: Open Since 1996

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. Open access publishing has been gaining ground recently. I thought it would be instructive to talk to Doug Eyman, editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy - which has been exploring the potential of open access web-based publishing since 1996. Read more...

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Strategy Session in a Box

By Margaret Andrews. There was a great article, “We’re All To Blame For MOOCs,” in the Chronicle Review yesterday – pointing out how so many institutions of higher education are susceptible to becoming obsolete as MOOCs take hold. Read more...

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3 Reasons to Decree Mobile Learning by 2015

By Joshua Kim. 1.  Mobile Education Is Coming: Spend some time with Mary Meeker's 2013 Internet Trends Report and one trend that jumps out is the rapid accession of the mobile web. Meeker describes the trends in mobile as "aggressive momentum". Everything from search to shopping to music to games to news is moving quickly from the computer and browser to the smart phone and tablet. Education services through the laptop and browser may not disappear, but they will certainly be complemented by mobile.  
2.  The Need to Prepare Today for Tomorrow:  Ben Franklin once said that “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” If we wait to prepare for a future where our students expect the same mobile access for their education materials and platforms as they get for their banking, news, gaming, and entertainment platforms then we will not be ready when that future arrives.
3.  A BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) Motivates Teams: We need goals that take us out of our day-to-day work of spending all of our energy making our existing services work. Yes, we need to keep our high service levels - but we also need to find the cycles to prepare for what's next. A decree about mobile learning from leadership gives us permission to look beyond the problems that are directly in front of our face. We can feel empowered to experiment, try new things, and learn by failing. Read more...

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MOOC Pre-History

By Joshua Kim. The following is a guest post written by Randy Riddle, Academic Technology Consultant at Duke's Center for Instructional Technology. On May 19, 1962, the New York Times, in a feature article, congratulated a housewife and mother of two for completing a Bachelor of Science of Arts degree from New York University.  That might not seem significant, but Mrs. Cora Gay Carr earned 54 of the 128 credits required for her degree not in an NYU classroom, but by watching television. Read more...

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Who’s Our Competition?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. It used to be relatively easy to identify a given community college’s competition. It might be another community college nearby that draws, at least in part, from the same feeder communities. (That varies by state; some states have tightly defined “service areas,” whether as counties or as “districts.” In others, such as Massachusetts, colleges just draw from whoever wants to attend.) If there were a for-profit or two in the area, add that. In a given program, there might be some rivalry with a nearby four-year school, although that tends to be fairly muted. And that would be about it. Read more...

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The Giving Tree

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. At the risk of seeming churlish, I was never a Shel Silverstein fan. The Giving Tree, which is one of his most popular stories, struck me as deeply creepy.  It’s about a tree that gradually martyrs itself for a boy until there’s nothing left of it.  We’re supposed to admire the tree’s generosity of spirit, rather than recoil at the boy’s selfishness. As a kid, it struck me as missing the point.  As an adult, I can’t help but see the story as gendered, with the tree as the Mom.  And if that’s the fate of Moms, then we need rewrite. I thought of the Giving Tree again upon reading Sherman Dorn’s kind review of my book. Read more...

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Higher education for the masses

http://www.roanoke.com/csp/cms/sites/TRT/assets/images/general/roanokeLogoBottom.pngThe emergence of ‘MOOCs’ opens possibilities, and some perils, for academia. Larry Sabato doesn’t need to teach a free online course to become a celebrity professor. The director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics is one of the most visible and quoted academics in the country, analyzing topics as broad as presidential elections and as close to home as your local House of Delegates race. But this fall, Sabato will enter the brave, new world of “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs. Sabato will lead a free online course examining the administration of President John F. Kennedy and his legacy in the half-century since his assassination. The noncredit class will be offered through the educational technology company Coursera, a Silicon Valley startup that partners with some of the nation’s top universities to offer free online courses. Read more...

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Study Abroad Officials Monitor Situation in Turkey

HomeStudy abroad officials are carefully tracking events in Turkey, where large protests in Istanbul and elsewhere have led to clashes with police. Syracuse University has 20 students in Istanbul, about to finish up a semester program. Margaret Himley, associate provost for international education and engagement, said via e-mail that students are scheduled to leave Sunday and "we are carefully monitoring the situation and talking with students about what these demonstrations mean and about what precautions they should be taking." A number of other institutions have summer programs about to start in Turkey. Read more...

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New Data on MOOC Students

HomeNew data on an early MOOC course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are being released today in the journal Research and Practice in Assessment. The data are about the course Circuits and Electronics, which already has been the subject of some analysis. In an article in the journal, researchers reported on the use of course resources by those who earned certificates. Read more...

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British University to Close School of Humanities and Social Sciences

HomeThe University of Salford, in England, has announced plans to eliminate its School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Times Higher Education reported. The university plans to cease recruiting students for all courses in modern languages and linguistics and politics and contemporary history – with the exception of postgraduate programs in security studies – after this year, leading to the eventual closure of the school. Read more...

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