08 septembre 2013

A university education is more valuable than any 'outcome'

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Mark Kingwell. It’s back-to-school season, which is why U.S. President Barack Obama took a moment, in the midst of the Syrian gas-attack crisis, to propose a solution to the debt crisis in American postsecondary education. Speaking at the University of Buffalo in mid-August, Mr. Obama promised to create an alternative ranking system for colleges and universities, based not on selectivity or facilities, but on concrete outcomes such as graduation rates and postconvocation earnings. More...

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When women outnumber men on campus: What it means for marriage

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Marina Adshade. Hundreds of thousands of students will be heading to university for the first time this week and the majority of them will be women. By the time this first year class dons cap and gown the gender imbalance will be even greater; if the trend from recent years continues, and there is every reason to believe that it will, four years from now there will be 156 female graduates for every 100 male graduates. More...

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For a new kind of professor, teaching comes first

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy James Bradshaw. When York University begins advertising to hire new professors this fall, the job descriptions will have an important distinction: The new hires will focus on teaching, and will not be required to do research like their colleagues. York’s plan to bring in about 200 such faculty over several years is one of the most expansive of the initiatives at Canadian universities over the past several years to introduce a new breed of faculty member – the teaching-focused professor. Under growing pressure to improve teaching quality, due in no small part to constrained funding and swelling class sizes, more than a dozen schools of all sizes across Canada, with some notable exceptions, have gradually created a permanent teaching stream. More...

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Evaluating the worth of a university degree

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Brian Lee Crowley. Student debt and education savings plan. These two issues are on the minds of many Canadians this week as universities roll into another academic year. Many students are contemplating the debt load they will take on to earn their degree, while parents weigh the forgone income that goes into savings plans for postsecondary schooling. More...

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University students: Another day smarter, but deeper in debt

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Gary Mason. Thousands of young Canadians headed off to university this week, many worrying about the amount of debt they were amassing in the process. The often meagre amounts saved from summer jobs don’t come close to paying for a year at school. And unless they have parents helping them out, loans are essential. If you’re in graduate school, lines of credit from a bank are often needed to cover costs. More...

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How to differentiate universities, that is the question

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCY_Na5RlC_ZalAL5Oz9YA2OlJgGn3OX_JlCWeFzZfUQH0QMiCFTvVS2EBy Gavin Moodie. Ontario has been considering whether and how to differentiate its universities since 2010 when its deputy minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Deborah Newman, commissioned a study, The benefits of greater differentiation of Ontario’s university sector from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. HEQCO’s most recent contribution, A data set to inform the differentiation discussion, released in July, is both helpful and unhelpful in advancing the discussion. While it is an example of differentiation informed by data, it ignores its own admonition in its report three years ago by grouping Ontario universities on only one dimension, research intensity. More...

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Medical education in Canada moves to a competency-based approach

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCY_Na5RlC_ZalAL5Oz9YA2OlJgGn3OX_JlCWeFzZfUQH0QMiCFTvVS2EBy Karen Birchard. Students will have to achieve various “milestones” before moving on to next level. A new era in Canadian medical education is underway as it switches from a primarily time-based learning system to one where core competency levels, dubbed “milestones,” must be achieved and demonstrated by students before they move on. The system is being phased in over the remainder of this decade, with a few residency specialties testing the new approach this fall as part of a pilot program. Although not yet officially announced, those specialties in the pilot program could be anesthesiology, medical oncology, pediatric surgery and plastic surgery. It’s not a simple task to bring change to the entire profession, nor will it happen overnight. More...

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Canada should bolster Africa’s universities, not drain their best students

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Steven Davis. At a recent event at Rideau Hall, hosted by Governor-General David Johnston, the Mastercard Foundation announced that it was providing $75-million dollars to three Canadian universities – the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and McGill – to educate 270 African students over the next ten years. It appears to be win-win. The universities get a much needed infusion of cash and the students get an education in some of the world’s best universities. More...

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MOOC Convenes Educators, Employers, and Workforce Developers to Explore Role and Impact of Badges

http://www.digitaljournal.com/images/djlogo-big.gifMOOC Convenes Educators, Employers, and Workforce Developers to Explore Role and Impact of Badges for Academic and Workplace Credential.
The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Mozilla, Blackboard Inc., and Sage Road Solutions LLC will convene a massive, open, online course (MOOC)beginning September 9, 2013, to explore the role that badges are expected to play as academic institutions and employers scramble for new ways to document completion, competency and achievement. During its six-week duration, MOOC participants from around the world will use a variety of distributed technologies to connect and learn more about how to design, use and support these new systems for creating quality professional credentials. Read more...

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5 MOOC Building Platforms

http://14434396.r.lightningbase-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/LearnDash-Official-Logo1.pngBy . Now that MOOCs are hitting the scene, everyone wants to jump on board! Granted, some want to get into the game in the hopes of making a quick dollar (somehow?), but others genuinely want to know how they can create their own MOOC for educational purposes. Well, you have options!
More providers are likely to spring up as we will only cover five potential options. As the entire MOOC industry evolves, expect to see more options at your disposal for this kind of thing. Kind of like when Wikipedia hit the scenes, we saw an influx of “Wikipedia-like” sites, templates, and software. More...

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