By . There is a bit of a fork in the road with my PhD research. I can feel it. As data from my pilot study is seeping in, my head seems to want to tell me something, but the thoughts have not crystallized into conscious ideas yet.
So yesterday I took my doubts to the public, that is to say: I proposed it to my colleagues and that already twisted my mind towards some new ideas (and I put some of the remarks they shared into the powerpoint below). But now I would like to hear your views as well. What would you research if you were me? In order to provide some background, slides were shared. More...
They may be a little late to the MOOC party, but two newly-launched European open course platforms might still be able to carve out a niche.
Coursera and edX, the two main players in the US at this point, have been up and running for almost 18 months. And although both ventures have a long list of international partners, the rising cost of higher education is building interest in MOOCs in Europe and the UK. The founders of new European platforms – Future Learn in the UK, and iversity in Germany — are betting they can still make headway in an increasingly crowded market. More...
Habits of Effective Connected Learners by Stephen Downes
Working and learning in an online environment is fundamentally different from working and learning in a physical environment. It becomes much more important to make connections and leverage the store of knowledge at your disposal. Relations between people depend more on cooperation and less on collaboration. Information that was valuable only when withheld is now valuable only when shared. Marketing gives way to meaning. In this presentation, Stephen Downes reviews the habits he has cultivated to thrive as a learner and researcher online, providing practical advice from network theory and a lifetime of experience.
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.
Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies. More...
By Graeme Paton. Many students are ill-prepared for the world of work because degrees such as science and engineering are being “delivered on paper” without real life experience, the Universities Minister has warned.
Courses in practical subjects are often too theoretical and appear to have “lost touch with the reality of modern business”, according to David Willetts.
In an interview with the Telegraph, he outlined radical plans designed to raise standards in core disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) that are seen as vital to the economic recovery. More...
By Graeme Paton. The number of students taking part-time courses at British universities has plummeted by a more than 100,000 in just two years, according to research.
Figures show a 40 per cent drop in candidates studying while holding down a job or balancing family commitments, it emerged.
The study by Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ group, warned that students were being driven away from part-time courses because of a "perfect storm" of pressure on household budgets during the financial crisis combined with a rise in tuition fees. More...
By Billy Sexton. Studying in London isn’t the be all and end all of student life. There are just as many benefits to studying in a smaller city, says undergraduate Billy Sexton.
London – the financial centre of the UK and the desired destination for many university graduates who care little for steep rent and commuting costs.
A move to the capital will undoubtedly cross the minds of most students while they’re studying at university, which is hardly surprising given that London has the highest proportion of graduate recruitment vacancies at 42.4% of the job market, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters. More...
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By Graeme Paton. Top universities are secretly admitting poor students with lower entry grades amid growing political pressure to boost access to higher education, a report has suggested.
Rising numbers of institutions are cutting entry requirements at the last minute to allow students who “miss their target grades” to get a place, it emerged.
Researchers found that only a minority of universities make lower “upfront” offers to teenagers from deprived backgrounds in advance, instead choosing to “reassess” these students if they fall short of entry grades after A-level results are published. More...