By . The British Council has launched an online list of student recruitment agents that have signed up to certain principles. The new register will list those agents that have taken British Council training, accepted an ethical code of practice and agreed to be assessed again in the future. All UK education institutions will have access to the database, the council said. More...
Recruitment agents sign up to code of ethics
Badges for Lifelong Learning Grantees: Responses to the 5 Buckets for Badge System Design
By Sheryl Grant. This is a follow up post to an earlier one titled 5 Buckets for Badge System Design: You Are Here about different badge system design approaches. In that post, I suggested 5 main starting points or design approaches for badge systems, a way for organizations to locate themselves on the map. I’m interested in making badge system design a little less fuzzy so that organizations can focus on the decisions they need to make to move forward. We're a ways away from having decision maps for badge system design, but with the input from the Badges for Lifelong Learning grantees, we're getting closer. (If you’re just learning about the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative, here’s a brief overview of the Competition and the 30 organizations that were funded to build badge systems). Read more...
How To Take On the MOOCs—And the Rest of Higher Ed Too
By Cathy Davidson. Yesterday registration closed for my ISIS 640 class, “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.” 13 students all had to apply to be accepted: undergrads, grads, PhD and MFA students, a computer scientist, an artist or two, humanists, information designers, and assessment experts, from Duke, UNC, and NC State. 5 were already in the graduate class that wrote, edited, and published Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies: A Guide to New Theories, Methods, and Practices for Open Peer Teaching and Learning, which is one of the key texts for the new course, the MOOC, and the #FutureEd movement. They are the core team with whom I’ll be strategizing our contribution to what we hope will be a world-wide movement to, first, change the scope and the voices in the conversation about higher education--and then, second, to actually begin to change higher education. We call this #FutureEd. More...
Syllabus for History and Future of Higher Education
By Cathy Davidson. Prof Cathy N. Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University.
This class is being taught collaboratively with Professors Christopher Newfield, English, University of California Santa Barbara, "English Majoring After College; or, Histories and Futures of Higher Education” (English 197) and with Professor David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford University, "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCs" (English 265).
We will meet with the Stanford and UCSB classes via Google Hangout several times during the semester, two of which will include Prof. Doris Sommer, creator of Harvard’s Cultural Agency Project and the Bay Area’s Howard Rheingold, author of NetSmart and many other works on technology, collaboration, and creativity.
All three courses are part of a consortium run by HASTAC (hastac.org) called “The History and Future of Higher Education”: http://www.hastac.org/collections/history-and-future-higher-education.
ISIS 640 will run at the same time as Prof Davidson’s six-week Coursera MOOC (starting January 27) on “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education” and that MOOC will be incorporated, linked, commented upon, and the subject of research in the face-to-face Duke Class. More...
What If We Could Build Higher Education From Scratch? What Would It Look Like?
By Cathy Davidson. What if we could start all over again and design higher education from scratch? What would a university look like if there were no legacies from medieval knowledge traditions, Enlightenment epistemologies or taxonomies, or Industrial Age requirements, regulations, departments, majors, minors, distribution requirements, professional schools, or standardized assessment metrics? Below the photo, you'll find a template and a series of open-ended questions to get us started on imagining the university from scratch.
I've also created an evolving public Google Doc where anyone can add comments: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o8uDpgQp2PgmbjMvrYWMUQZcEUtU57Ei7TbCT8EOiKQ/edit This is just the beginning! More...
MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice, and Learning
You are invited to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting to explore the progress and possibilities in the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), an important focal point for digital learning.Our research-based gathering will connect the leading educators, learning designers, and administrators who are running and developing MOOCs in order to share experiences, practices, challenges, policies, and next steps for emerging digital learning models.
Academic researchers will present progress on more than 30 research projects awarded funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a highly competitive process earlier this year. They will be joined by national higher education experts and platform/technology solution providers presenting on current MOOC-related initiatives.
This promises to be a stimulating event for all those who are interested in evolving educational practice that cuts across academic, corporate, and social environments.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Friday, December 6, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Businesses criticize universities’ training quality
By Kim Chi. The 150 polled businesses in Hanoi gave 3.05 points when asked to assess the university graduates’ capability to adapt to the works. One is the lowest and five is the highest in the marking scheme.
New graduates not highly appreciated
The research team headed by Nguyen Ngoc Phuong, MA, from the Ly Tu Trong Technique Junior College in HCM City, has completed a survey on the qualification of university and junior college graduates by consulting with automobile maintenance companies in the city. More...
Should Universities Become Entrepreneurial Campuses?
By Dileep Rao. Suddenly, entrepreneurship is “in” on campuses with activities such as MOOCs, business plan competitions and incubators. This trend seems to be not only in business schools but across the university. Is this good or are universities biting off more than they can chew?
There are many reasons for this sudden surge in activity and interest in entrepreneurship. One hope is to develop an entrepreneurial spirit so that people take initiative and “just do it” (to borrow the Nike slogan). The goal is to make not just the students entrepreneurial, but also faculty, staff, and administrators. More...
‘Time Indian universities improve web content’
By Anumeha Chaturvedi. Ben Sowter, head of intelligence, at Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK, minced no words on Indian universities' websites, in an address to academicians, educationists and faculty members of top Indian universities in the Capital.
The address and a debate on the subject were held at ET MasterClass, an initiative of The Economic Times in association with India Centre for Assessment & Accreditation (ICAA). "The websites of Indian universities are awful," Sowter said, adding, in the same vein, "Considering India produces 80% of the world's internet developers, isn't it alarming? Of all the markets surveyed by us, India is the least transparent in terms of data collection from websites." More...
Following Asia’s path in international higher education
By François Therin. Several recent higher education initiatives in Africa suggest that the rest of the world is beginning to view Africa as the next frontier for internationalisation. Will it follow the same pathway – from twinning programmes to partnership programmes and branch campuses – as occurred in Asia? And will France take advantage of language issues to increase its numbers of international students?
In the past six months, several important new developments have occurred concerning higher education in Africa. More...