09 novembre 2013

Higher-level apprenticeships for graduates: earn while you learn

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . PricewaterhouseCoopers is helping create a study option for graduates that straddles the academic and business worlds. A postgraduate degree has long been seen by employers as the mark of a motivated candidate. The extra year of study, combined with specialist knowledge, puts people ahead of the pack. But now there is a new option for graduates – higher-level apprenticeships. More...

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Out in the field: postgrad students make the world their business

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Postgraduate business courses offer experiences ranging from the European parliament to work in Mongolian villages. Their international cohorts include students from as many as 40 countries, but instead of bringing the world to their classrooms, an increasing number of business schools send groups of postgraduates on overseas visits, to learn at first hand what it means to be a global citizen. More...

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Further education statistics: number of academic staff drops

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . The number of staff in further education dropped by 35% last year as colleges prepared for a rise in the age that children have to stay in education or training until. The decline in further education institutions - a mixture of sixth form colleges, general colleges and vocational training centres - has been quite sharp over the past decade, reducing by almost a fifth. More...

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Academics threatened over working to rule

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy . A university threatened staff that it would dock them a day’s pay if they did not work unpaid overtime, it has emerged. 
In advance of the sector-wide strike on 31 October, the human resources department at University of Wales Trinity Saint David emailed employees to inform them of the consequences of union action, including of working to contract. More...

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The Race is on to Segment for MOOCs: To the Victor Go the Spoils

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQEbcRJ5OAcXg62XGa-AC_YoOkoOKoO4j9oEDMhTrD9S0ei-kqSAOgqHwoBy Michal Clements. MOOCs have emerged as a disruptive force in  ‘traditional’ higher education.  A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course allowing unlimited student enrollment through the internet. Coursera is one leading provider, encouraging participants to, “Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.” 
In a meetup held at Northwestern University on October 17th, four of the major functions of universities were identified: education, credentialing, socialization and research. The conversation touched on how MOOCs may be unbundling some of these roles by offering education and credentialing, while clearly not addressing others, i.e., research and socialization. More...

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Brown to Present MOOC Successes at Blackboard Leadership Conference

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRl33V8I1QEZ8w869IPSGOtE4-Vn7kAfwjqOyDC1EDpkI9bm_ONniw_E68By Diane Stirling. The planning, design, and implementation processes behind two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered by the School of Information Studies (iSchool)—and their successful outcomes—will be the subject of a presentation at an educational leadership conference in London this week. 
Peggy Brown, director of learning systems and an adjunct instructor at the iSchool, will provide fellow professionals a look at the before and after efforts that went into the implementation of two MOOCs, “An Introduction to Data Science with R,” and “New Librarianship: The Master Class,” both offered by the School this year. Her presentation to a group of online education professionals and educators at the autumn gathering of the Blackboard Education Leadership Forum will focus on the elements that produced successful outcomes. Brown expects to illustrate the planning, promotion, enrollment, engagement, implementation, and follow-up processes that produced the higher-than-normal participation and completion rates the School experienced. More...

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Hey Educators, Shut Up About MOOCs Already!

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRaFf22Vt3cLy8qXJ4Op_8SDThfXf6njKB8LGJtrvR3O2jUOEwAnEvnaQBy . That's massive open online courses, to you and me. And MOOCs are everywhere. But they may also be polarizing in a way that is hurting the future of education.
I can’t remember if it was "MOOCs are Everywhere," or "Rise of the MOOCs," or what headline I had just read when I finally lost it. I yelled out “Oh God! STFU about MOOCs already!” into the dark corners of my Spartan, tech-nerd-bunker, like a crotchety old loon of 34 shaking my angry fist at nothing (repetitive). It had been a long day of hustle and grind, I had lost it for a few seconds, and I’d like to share those few seconds of thinking with you here today. More...

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Queen Rania Foundation Partners with edX to Create First MOOC Portal for the Arab World

http://media.sacbee.com/static/img/sacramento-bee-sm.pngHer Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan announced today the creation of Edraak, an education initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF). Edraak, a partnership with non-profit online learning initiative edX, will be a MOOC portal for the Arab world and will bring quality education to millions of Arabic-speaking students around the globe.  Her Majesty Queen Rania witnessed the historic signing of the agreement by QRF CEO Haifa Dia Al-Attia and edX president Anant Agarwal at edX's Cambridge offices. More...

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/08/5892302/queen-rania-foundation-partners.html#storylink=cpy

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Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8The main focus of this course is to look at the interrelations between different types of contexts (cultural, institutional, professional, social, interpersonal and others) within the intercultural communication process using Russian – Western communication as an example.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a broad overview of the basic principles governing past, present and future interactions between Russia and the West focused on the culture and national psychology of Russians and Western Europeans.
This course looks at the cases when Russian basic cultural values show up through linguistic choices shaping language production which is consequently misattributed by Western partners. No matter what the language of intercultural communication is - Russian, or English - the meaning of many linguistic expressions may be reconstructed wrongly by the representatives of another culture.
We will tackle some basic questions:
What are concepts of culture that have most influence on communication?
What are Russian basic cultural values and how they shape modern Russian consciousness?
 What are specific communication patterns of modern Russian, including that of public and electronic discourse?
What is important to know about communication with Russians in organizational contexts?
This course is NOT just a list of instructions of what to do and not to do while dealing with Russians.
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Макроэкономика (Macroeconomics)

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8Данный курс покрывает на базовом уровне все основные темы макроэкономики.
This course provides a basic introduction to major macroeconomic issues.
Примерно две трети курса посвящены анализу общего равновесия на рынках труда, заемных средств, финансовых, денежных, товарных рынках, а также международных потоков капитала. Изучается долгосрочный экономический рост, идущий за счет накопления капитальных мощностей и технического прогресса.  Вторая часть курса посвящена изучению природы краткосрочных колебаний вокруг долгосрочной траектории роста, таким как финансовый кризис и мировая рецессия 2008-2009 годов. Обсуждаются причины подобных спадов, а также оптимальная стабилизационная политика государства, призванная либо предотвращать подобные катаклизмы, либо сглаживать последствия от них.
The first and somewhat bigger part of the course is dedicated to the description of the general equilibrium in the economy, including the labor market, market for loanable funds, financial market, money market, and the goods market, as well as international capital flows. This part also covers long-term growth, associated with accumulation of capital and technological progress. The second part of the course is dedicated to the analysis of the short-term fluctuations around the long-term growth trend, such the world financial crisis and the global recession of 2008-2009. We will discuss causes of such recessions, and the optimal stabilization policy called to prevent and mitigate the effects from such economic catastrophes.
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