The mission of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) is to bring together higher education professionals from around the world to dialogue, network, and collaborate on critical issues relevant to teaching and learning. HETL supports academic and pedagogical pluralism as well as practices that promote sustainable learning and peace. The link address is:
By Matt Reed. The new academic year is about to start. Every year, around this time, I reflect on how I’d like to see community colleges work. In my perfect world, a community college would be a collection of mad scientists experimenting with the best ways to help students learn. They’d hail from all sorts of disciplines, and presumably some of them would have better grooming than the traditional mad scientist, but they’d share the excitement and focus on the task at hand. The college would be a constant cauldron of experimentation and communication of results. In this view, academic freedom exists to enable experimentation. Over time, as results accumulated, the effects for the students would get progressively better. Read more...
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is a membership organization and is composed of institutional leaders engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. The purposes of the Association are to:provide an effective voice on significant issues within international education at all levels, improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education, establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders and cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests. The link address is:
By Matt Reed. Last week, I was in a meeting with several colleagues, two of whom are Boomers, and one of whom is a fellow Gen X’er. As the meeting wound down, the discussion shifted:
Boomer 1: Remember when all the local banks used to recruit here? They’d hire all the liberal arts grads?
Boomer 2: Yes! Or the big retailers like [name of dead chain] and [name of other dead chain].
B1: That’s right. And then they’d put people in their management training programs.
B1: When I graduated, I had four job offers before I finished.
Me: What color is the sky on your planet?
B1: Blue. That’s just the way it was.
Me: On behalf of generations X and Y, [colorful, if affectionate, expression of frustration]
X’er: When I graduated with my Master’s, I got a job at Subway.
I was reminded of that conversation yesterday in reading back-to-back articles in IHE about making aspects of college free. One addressed the growing use of Open Educational Resources as a substitute for the buy-your-own-textbook model, and the other addressed an argument for making public higher education entirely free. Read more...
The Higher Education Development Association (HEDDA) is designed to strengthen the relationship between higher education research and practice. The association is a coordinating body aiming at organizing and supporting the academic expertise and knowledge on higher education in Europe. The link address is:
By Joshua Kim. The announcement that Steve Ballmer will be stepping aside as the CEO of Microsoft has got me thinking about what the software company means to higher education.
I've been using Microsoft's software since my first year at college, (Washington University - 1987), to this very day. Microsoft is deeply embedded in many of our higher ed lives.
What Microsoft software did you use today?
The irony of Microsoft when it comes to higher ed is that the company is at once ubiquitous and unseen. In higher ed, Microsoft remains important (even essential) but not influential. Read more...
By Joshua Kim. As I type these words at 7:20pm EST on 8/27/13 two things are happening on other windows on my laptop.
1. The NYTimes.com website is down.
2. Students at my institution are learning in live online classes (on Adobe Connect) and asynchronously on our LMS (Blackboard).
According to a number of articles linked to Google News the cause of the NYTimes.com outage is hacking.
"NY Times Suspects Hackers in Latest Website Crash" USA Today
"New York Times Website Believed to be Hacked" the Chicago Tribune.
The NYTimes.com also went dark on August 14th. This was apparently an internal technical issue, not the result of an attack. Read more...
The Institute for College Access & Success is an independent, nonprofit organization and works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society. The link address is:
By Joshua Kim. What synchronous online class meeting platform do you use?
My days are spent in Adobe Connect, as we have a requirement for up to 30 simultaneous webcam feeds (we call it the Brady Bunch effect).
From what I have been able to learn, Adobe Connect is still the only platform that can scale to 30 plus simultaneous webcams (am I wrong?). I am a believer in a class seeing all seeing each other during a live meeting - as seeing each face live adds to a sense of intimacy and connection. Read more...