08 septembre 2013

Réussir son entrée à l’université

http://orientation.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2011/08/Edhec-Olivier-Rollot-208x300.jpgBlog "Il y a une vie après le bac" d'Olivier Rollot. La rentrée s’effectue cette semaine pour la plupart des bacheliers qui entrent pour la première fois à l'université. Pendant trois jours, une université comme Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) propose ainsi à ses nouveaux étudiants de rencontrer les acteurs de leur futur cursus. Et du 10 au 12 septembre elle va encore plus loin avec sa « Welcome Week ». Trois autres jours pour découvrir les services étudiants et participer à de nombreuses animations. Des journées bien utiles aux quelque 230 000 bacheliers qui intègrent chaque année l’université. Suite...

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#Feminism and Technology a distributed credited #MOOC

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1607332342/Ignatia_Inge_de_Waard_small_bigger.jpgBy . In the past months MOOCs have been debated on various levels. And as I am engaged in MOOC research for the last few months (following the development of FutureLearn the UK MOOC platform), I was looking for different angles that come closer to what I like to see in education: variety, creativity, recognized by many, providing credits for all who want to, catering options so different teachers can make and share the content the way they like it... and of course all delivered in a seamless learning format (will post a bit more on that subject in a couple of days). More...

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Preparing for debate Alt-C online education in times of crisis

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1607332342/Ignatia_Inge_de_Waard_small_bigger.jpgBy . Some educational activists colleagues are preparing a debate during the Alt-C conference on Technology Enhanced Learning and whether or if this can be a response to economic crisis (both in education as in globalization). While preparing Richard Hall shared a presentation that stuck with me. So happy to share his views.
For those joining Alt-C conference which is held in Nottingham, UK this year, feel free to join us on Tuesday 10 September at the TEL at 11.45 for the discussion on Technology Enhanced Learning Crisis. Panel people: Richard Hall, Debbie Holley, Sarah Stager, Karl Royle, Helen Beetham, John Traxler and myself. Will be fun and passionate debate. More...

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Free #Leadership for Real #MOOC starting on 9 September 2013

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1607332342/Ignatia_Inge_de_Waard_small_bigger.jpgBy . Tomorrow a new MOOC on leadership can be followed on the Canvas.Net platform. The Leadership for Real MOOC is of interest to me as it envisioned by Bert De Coutere at the Center for Creative Leadership and we had some great meetings figuring out what could be in, where possible foci might be. The CCL has been in the top 10 of the Financial Time rankings for executive education for 12 years in a row, so they are strong in what they do. More...

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Impact factor ‘eligibility window’ skews the system

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy . For the past year, I have been sitting on the publications committee for a society-run journal and in the journal’s quest to improve its impact factor (IF), it became clear to me that one of the system’s dark secrets is the “window of IF eligibility.” It single-handedly disadvantages journals whose science stands the test of time and favours journals that have speedy public relations’ campaigns.
For those not aware of it, a journal’s IF is based on two numbers for year X:

  1. The number of times articles published in the two years prior to year X are cited during year X
  2. The number of citable articles published in the two years prior to year X

The IF is simply the first number divided by the second. More...

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The supposed failure of student choice

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogSpeculativeDiction.jpgBy . In this week’s post I’m going to stay with the subject of media and higher education, since there’s so much to work with at the moment – ‘tis the season, as they say. Since I last wrote, there’s a new, strategically-timed CIBC World Markets report that has garnered a good deal of media coverage, because it essentially claims that the value of university degrees has declined and that there are radically different “earnings premiums” on different fields of study. The humanities and social sciences of course end up lower in this hierarchy of profit than engineering, commerce, and health-related fields. There are a lot of points that have already been made in other columns and blogs, so I won’t repeat them (Léo Charbonneau has a selection linked in his own helpful post, here). Instead I’ll just take a some time to focus on one of the issues that I had with this report, or at least with the coverage of its contents. Read more...

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Feeling Good

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. I’ve just finished hosting my first group coaching call and I’m feeling pretty darn good about it. That’s how I feel about my life these days in general: pretty darn good. A year ago—less, even—I was jokingly telling friends and acquaintances that I was a loser with a PhD. I was only half joking.
How did I get here?
When I finished my PhD in history in February 2012, I knew where I was headed. I was already doing occasional freelance jobs as a researcher and administrative assistant, and liked the project-based work and flexibility of being self-employed. My plan was to carry on, adding more clients and taking on more challenging assignments. But things didn’t work out that way, and by the time I graduated in June, I wasn’t feeling so great about where I was at. Come the fall, I’d realized that Things Needed To Change. I quit one uninspiring part-time gig and started getting serious about my career search. More...

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Embracing career chaos

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogCareersCafe.jpgBy . Talking about career chaos usually doesn’t win you any points with people in the midst of career exploration. But thinking about how to make use of chaos is a smart idea.
You don’t need a robust, scholarly understanding of chaos theory in order to have a useful framework for thinking about careers. You just need the understanding that large events can have large impacts on your career – but so can small events. Those small events have the ability to shape your career and move it in new, unpredicted directions. More...

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The CIBC report and higher-education reporting

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy . The report released last week by CIBC World Markets on the returns of a postsecondary education in Canada continues to make headlines – and, I think, is an interesting object lesson on the perils of higher-education reporting.
The report’s release was well-timed for maximum publicity, falling on the eve of students returning to college and university. It also fits the narrative that seems to be increasingly current in the Canadian media that the value of a degree in fields such as the humanities and social sciences is declining, as epitomized by columnists such as the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente (a good example is a piece she wrote last year, entitled “Educated for unemployment”). More...

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Arts degree? You'll earn less than a high school grad

http://www.canada.com/images/topic/logo_canada.com.gifFine and applied arts graduates are earning 12 per cent less than high school graduates once their education costs are factored in, a new survey has found.
Fine and applied arts graduates are earning 12 per cent less than high school graduates once their education costs are factored in, a new survey has found. The study by CIBC World Markets economists also notes the cost of a bachelor's degree is 20 per cent higher than it was in the late 2000s - but the unemployment rate among university graduates is now only 1.7 percentage points lower than high school graduates. More...

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