30 novembre 2013

Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD

Join us at the CA CONFERENCE AND AGM (10 - 11 January 2014, University of Gloucestershire) 
Leadership in a Changing World: Higher education, sustainability and the new Global Action Programme on ESD
Friday 10 – Saturday 11 January 2014
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Spa, UK
The Rio+20 outcome document, ‘The Future We Want’, acknowledged the critical role of higher education in the attainment of sustainable development. This international conference takes place in the year when the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005 - 2014) comes to an end and the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) begins to take shape.
The Conference has a focus on global platforms, institutional development and student leadership for sustainable development in higher education. More...

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The 2nd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education: Sustaining Success Through Innovation

Pictures from MSU DubaiMichigan State University in Dubai is pleased to announce the call for papers for: The 2nd Dubai International Conference in Higher Education: Sustaining Success Through Innovation .
Sustaining success in the rapidly changing arena of Higher Education is a global challenge. Bringing creativity and innovation to the way we educate today is of the utmost importance. The aim of this international conference is to provide for all those closely connected with Higher Education, a forum for sharing experience and expertise in creating innovative and successful learning, teaching, research and outreach environments fit for Higher Education in the 21st century.
All submissions will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on quality, relevance, and originality. Presenters will be given the opportunity to have their submissions included in the on-line conference proceedings. Early registration for this two-day event is advised.
Date: 19-20 January 2014
Venue: The Conference Centre, Block 1, Knowledge Village, Dubai, U.A.E.

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35k+ register for France’s new MOOC since launching October 2nd

By Trista Bridges. Finally realizing that they were substantially behind other countries in the MOOC space (massive open online courses), Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso decided to launch France Université Numérique (referred to, of course, as FUN) in response. Thus far 35k+ have signed-up since registrations opened on October 2nd. While certainly a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people participating in MOOCs in other markets, this is, at the very least, a positive sign that there is a need and a demand for open online education in France. More...

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy Audrey Watters. Part 4 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 series. Barely a week has gone by this year without some MOOC-related news. Much like last year, massive open online courses have dominated ed-tech conversations. 
But if 2012 was, as The New York Times decreed, the year of the MOOC, 2013 might be described as the year of the anti-MOOC as we slid down that Gartner Hype Cycle from the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and into the “Trough of Disillusionment.” For what it’s worth, Gartner pegged MOOCs at the peak back in July, while the Horizon Report says they’re still on the horizon. Nevertheless the head of edX appeared on the Colbert Report this year, and the word “MOOC” entered the Oxford Online Dictionary – so whether you think those are indications of peak or trough or both or neither, it seems the idea of free online university education has hit the mainstream. More...

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: Standards

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy Audrey Watters. Part 3 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 series. The “edit history” and “talk” pages of Wikipedia entries can be pretty interesting, particularly when it comes to controversial topics. The entry for the “Common Core State Standards Initiative” is a great example of this. The Common Core isn’t new (the standards were released in 2010); nor is the entry (it was created in 2010 as well). But this year, there’s been a vast uptick in the number of changes to that entry, and discussion about its content and tone. 26 edits in 2010. 65 in 2011. 40 in 2012. 127 up through November of this year. More...

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: The Politics of Education/Technology

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy Audrey Watters. Part 2 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 series. I’m not going to summarize all the education-related political developments from 2013. Pardon me while I skip over the Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind waivers; the impact of sequestration and the federal government shutdown of education programs; the Supreme Court’s Fisher v Texas decision; (failed) education in Tennessee to tie a family’s welfare benefits to children’s grades; “the missing Michelle Rhee” memo; Senator Alexander’s attempts to let Congress, and not peer review, decide who gets NSF money; court cases against administrators in Tennessee and Georgia involved in test-cheating scandals; the hiring of former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to head the University of California system; the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure in NYC (and as promised by newly elected Mayor Bill De Blasio, an end to many of Bloomberg’s edu policies); and the publication of Ron Paul’s book on education. Might I recommend instead POLITICO’s new education vertical, which launched this year – particularly its morning email that summarizes all your daily (US) politics-and-education news. (Or on second thought...). More...

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: "Zombie Ideas" (Ed-Tech Ideas That Refuse to Die Even Though We Know They're Monstrous)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy Audrey Watters. Part 1 of my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2013 series. It’s time once again for my annual review of the dominant trends in education technology. This will be the fourth year of my penning this series – long enough for me to feel like it’s become a veritable year-end tradition, and long enough for me to reflect beyond the single year in the arc of recent ed-tech history. When I first started writing about the top trends – way back in 2010 – we were in the early days of a significant resurgence in ed-tech adoption and ed-tech entrepreneurship. I struggled then to convince editors that I should even cover the space. But soon enough, stories about the promise of education and technology filtered out beyond the tech or education trade press, and – thanks in no small part to Khan Academy – into the mainstream news as well. Oh sure, there were still lots of examples of schools banning computing devices and blocking websites (particularly social media). But there was a sense of excitement and promise among students, teachers, parents, principals, politicians, business folks, investors, journalists. Plus, as of the spring of 2010, there were iPads. More...

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Immer mehr Deutsche gehen zum Studieren ins Ausland

Zahl derGauche deutschen Studierenden im Ausland steigt um fünf Prozent auf rund 134.000 
Nach einer jährlich durchgeführten Erhebung des Statistischen Bundesamtes studieren immer mehr Deutsche im Ausland. Die beliebtesten Gastländer sind Österreich, die Niederlande, Großbritannien und die Schweiz. Besonders stark stieg die Zahl der deutschen Studierenden in Portugal, Rumänien, der Türkei und China. DAAD-Präsidentin Wintermantel begrüßt die gestiegene Zahl der Auslandsstudierenden und betont die wichtige Bedeutung von Auslandsaufenthalten für die berufliche und persönliche Entwicklung der Studierenden. 
''Dass immer mehr deutsche Studierende ins Ausland gehen, ist eine gute Nachricht'', kommentiert DAAD-Präsidentin Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel die Ergebnisse des Statistischen Bundesamtes. ''Auslandsaufenthalte wirken sich positiv auf die Entwicklung von fachlichen und interkulturellen Kompetenzen der Studierenden aus und erweitern den persönlichen Horizont.'' Bei den 133.800 Auslandsstudierenden handelt es sich überwiegend um Studierende, die einen Abschluss im Ausland anstreben. Dass ihre Zahl seit Jahren steigt, zeigt auch, dass die Studierenden vermehrt von der Möglichkeit Gebrauch machen, ihr gesamtes Bachelor- oder Masterstudium im Ausland zu absolvieren. Mehr...

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Still On Nigerian Education Bank Bill

observerPetiteThe Nigerian Education Bank Bill which has passed second reading at the Federal House of Representatives, as explained by the initiator, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila proposes to establish the Nigerian Education Bank, with the primary duty of granting interest-free loans to poor students seeking higher education in Nigeria. 
The Bill seeks to make available to each benefiting student, a sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000) repayable in two years after graduation. The repayment, according to the proponents would take the form of direct deduction of ten percent monthly deductions at source from salaries of beneficiaries or from the profits in the case of self employed graduates until the loan is liquidated. According to the provisions of the Bill, “applicants must have secured admission into any Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of education or any vocational school established by the Federal Government or the Government of the States of the Federation.” More...

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Students make China the top source of migrants coming to Britain: 40,000 arrive from country in the past year

MailOnline - news, sport, celebrity, science and health storiesBy Steve Doughty. China has become the country that sends the greatest number of migrants to Britain, yesterday’s migration figures revealed. 
But the Office for National Statistics said most Chinese coming to Britain are students and leave when their courses finish. 
Figures from the International Passenger Survey, taken among people passing through ports and airports, revealed that 40,000 immigrants from China arrived in the 12 months to June. Read more...

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