28 juillet 2013

Better in Argentina Than in Brazil

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpgBy Liz Reisberg. There is little that stresses me more than preparing to teach or give a talk in a country where I am not familiar with the culture. I have been doing research on higher education in Argentina for almost 25 years. I know quite a bit about the history of education, reforms during recent decades, how the system is structured, attitudes about teaching and learning, etc. I have a pretty good feel for the controversies, issues being debated, and challenges faced by most universities.  All of this helps me to plan my work better and target themes appropriately. I also know what issues I can joke about and which ones I dare not. Read more...

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Welcome to the Palace of Ambiguity

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. Funny how sometimes you read an article and it feels like a smack on the forehead. Of course! Why didn’t I think of that before? Usually that means you had thought of it before, in vague, inchoate terms, but somebody else has put it into words. Bam. That’s what happened when I read  the preprint of an article by Wendy Holliday and Jim Rogers in portal: Libraries and the Academy titled “Talking About Information Literacy: The Mediating Role of Discourse in a College Writing Classroom.” Read more...

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The AHA Asks "What About the Children?"

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. Today I found myself revisiting a blog post by Doug Armato of the University of Minnesota Press just as my Twitter stream was responding to the American Historical Society's new statement on why historians’ dissertations must be protected from the public eye. Mark Sample remembered it and posted it to Twitter. Public streams of thought have these eddies and undercurrents that sweep back and bring up things from the past to bob along in the onward rush of ideas. Which is, itself, something of an example of what Doug Armato was describing as the way scholarship works today. Read more...

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Relevance In The Marketplace

By Margaret Andrews. As the late MIT economist Rudi Dornbusch once said, “... things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could.”
Several recent articles point to the changes in higher education happening at an accelerated pace. And not one of them was about MOOCS (massively open online courses). Read more...

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By Margaret Andrews. Strategy is part idea, part analysis, part insight, part planning, part drive, and part leadership.  And a big part of leadership is inspiring greatness in yourself and others. There are so many great, inspiring readings and videos out there and Dave Kerpen has taken the time to curate some of his favorites on LinkedIn. There are a few obvious videos/speeches missing from the list, but it is a wonderful curation. Read more...

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The Hacking Article

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. Sometimes what is most interesting about attention to an issue is not the attention itself but what it spurs and stimulates subsequently. That has been my experience since the NYT published the article about hacking on university networks. Discussion within Cornell and on national list services raises a number of questions and illuminates aspects of our work that may not have been present to us in such bold relief. Read more...

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The NSA Vote

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. I have written enough about this issue that has no need of rehearsing here.  So allow my comments on yesterday's vote to be brief. Fix the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in such a way that Internet technologies will comport with Fourth Amendment jurisprudence to correct the most significant problems inherent in the "Patriot Act." Read more...

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Sending the foreigners home

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5382622350250929996The sacking of foreign civil servants may become a regional trend. AMID unrest in the Gulf, the authorities in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have in recent years sought to give more public-sector jobs to local citizens. But this drive towards “Emiratisation”, a policy launched three decades ago, may be accelerating. On July 4th the General Secretariat of the Executive Council (GSEC), Abu Dhabi’s top policy-making body, which reports to the ruling council under Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince, fired almost all its foreign staff. Some 60-70 people are thought to have got the chop, including many of the emirate’s most efficient senior civil servants. The GSEC is presumably confident it can fill the vacuum with Emiratis already on its staff. But foreigners working for the government will be twitchy, as Emiratisation speeds up. Read more...

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Emiratisation drive: HCT appoints five Emirati directors

http://www.thenational.ae/staticfiles/images/portal/logo-the-national.pngBy . Emiratis have been appointed as directors at branches of the Higher Colleges of Technology in five cities. They replace expatriates who held the posts at campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. Mohammed Al Shamsi, HCT chancellor, said the appointments reflected directives by the country's leadership to promote and support Emiratisation. Read more...

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Dr. Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick – The Rise of Globalization

http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/person_thumb/public/VoxPop.jpgBy . In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anne Gerritsen of the University of Warwick traces globalization to its sixteenth-century roots.
Dr. Anne Gerritsen
– The Rise of Globalization
Global historians have long argued about when exactly the economic and cultural connections between disparate parts of the world increased to such an extent that one can begin to speak of ‘globalization’.  Perhaps the most persuasive arguments have been made by those who see globalization emerging in Europe around 1500. 
My research on the porcelain production centre of Jingdezhen in southern China shows it was by no means a uniquely European invention.  Around 1500, the Jingdezhen potters manufactured goods destined for consumers not only in China but throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  By 1520, the Portuguese, too, were able to put in orders with the Jingdezhen potters.  Foreign delegations to the Chinese court were strictly limited, and foreign merchants certainly were not allowed to enter freely, so how did sixteenth-century Chinese potters tailor their production processes to such different market demands?

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