14 novembre 2013

Bursting the American tertiary education bubble

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy William Patrick Leonard. Academic critics and media commentators have suggested that the United States' tertiary education community's decades of unprecedented growth is a bubble that has or will shortly burst. The US public tertiary education community is widely said to be in crisis. 
The decades of unquestioned governmental financial support of public institutions has steadily waned in recent years. Private tuition-dependent education institutions face similar revenue challenges. Read more...

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Suzhou’s new forms of foreign university collaboration

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Yojana Sharma. Universities from a number of countries have set up branch campuses in China, hoping to tap into the country’s desire for a Western education and a large pool of middle-class students. But China wants new types of university partnerships that tie in closely with its aspiration to drive up research and innovation.
Last month Australia’s Monash University and China’s Southeast University, or SEU, which is based in Nanjing, formally launched a new joint campus in Suzhou Industrial Park near Shanghai. Read more...

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New minister to continue higher education reforms

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Shafigeh Shirazi. Iran’s parliament, or Majlis, has finally approved the country’s new ministers for education and higher education, after previous nominees for the posts failed to win a parliamentary vote of confidence in August. They will continue reforms, said President Hassan Rouhani. 
Reza Faraji Dana, the new minister for science, research and technology – an electrical engineer with a doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Canada – was finally confirmed by the assembly on 28 October after many hours of debate. Read more...

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BRICS ministers agree on high-level HE collaboration

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. Education ministers from the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – countries met in Paris last Tuesday and agreed to establish a mechanism at the “highest political and technical level” to coordinate and implement collaboration, especially in higher education. South Africa’s Dr Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education and training, hosted this first meeting of the BRICS education ministers, which was aimed at establishing cooperation and sharing experiences. They met on 5 November on the margins of the 37th session of the UNESCO general conference. Read more...

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First global meeting of HE research centres in Shanghai

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Bianka Siwinska. The directors of higher education research centres from around the world flew to Shanghai for their first ever global meeting last weekend and, encouragingly, policy-makers also attended. The aims were to discuss the future of research on higher education, to debate common issues – and to create a global network of higher education research experts. The “International Higher Education Research and Policy Roundtable” was organised by the Center for International Higher Education, or CIHE, at Boston College in the United States, and held from 2-3 November. Read more...

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HE misses targets, hit by weak budgets, says report

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alan Osborn. Is European higher education generally delivering the right kind of qualifications for citizens gearing up to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today’s world, or is it missing targets along the line? This is not a new question, but it has been given a fresh twist in the Education and Training Monitor 2013 just released by the European Commission. The report, which draws on statistics from European Union (EU) member countries and recent analyses and policy developments, finds numerous weaknesses and gaps in the higher education sector in Europe – although little that is not already widely known. Read more...

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13 novembre 2013

Getting a Degree without breaking the Bank

Best Value Schools

The cost of a college or university degree is a major investment, and you want to be sure that you are getting your money’s worth when deciding what degree to get and what school to attend. How much a college education will cost depends on the type of degree, the specific college or university, and, at public institutions, whether you are an in-state resident student or attending an institution out-of-state. Generally, the tuition cost for in-state students at public colleges is about one half as much as the cost for attending an institution out-of-state.  
According to information from the National Center for Education Statistics, the annual cost of tuition for in-state students at public institutions ranges from $8,650 to $22,260. Private not-for-profit schools had average tuition of $43,289 annually, and private universities came in at an average of $23,500 per year. These figures are for four year, undergraduate programs. The average cost of a two year Associate degree, according to the same source, was $8,734 a year. We focus on affordability and value in education. For example, see our top 10 cheap online degrees
These cost are for tuition. Tuition is the cost of instruction, but it is not the only cost for a college degree. In addition, there are fees for services like registration, ID cards, health insurance, parking, library and laboratory use fees, and Internet access. Beyond that, there is also the cost of room and board for students not living at home. The average cost of room and board is about $10,000 a year. Textbooks are another expense, and it is not uncommon for a single, new textbook to cost as much as $100.

From the site Best Value Schools

Getting a Degree Without Breaking the Bank

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New Knight Center MOOC on Media Project Development

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas [es], with the support of Google [es], will be offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish for journalists and student interested in learning about creating new online projects and generating audiences and revenue.

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Free online courses impact models of higher learning

By Denmark Luceriaga. Companies arise to compete with universities for education. A recent surge of interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is sparking a revolution in higher education. Often regarded as the next great technological disruption in education, supporters of MOOCs have been lauding its potential to widen productivity in higher learning while relieving cost pressures. 
MOOCs are mostly free, and are open to everybody. Taught by an instructor -- usually a college professor, they are very similar to courses here at UMBC. Lectures, tests, and class assignments are given, but the main difference is that the lessons are on video. Work is done and submitted online, and all discussion of class topics takes place on online discussion boards, very similar to features that Blackboard offers. 
The original MOOC was launched in 2008: a course called “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” that was taken free-of-charge by 2,300 members of the general public along with 25 tuition-paying students at the University of Manitoba. After seeing the potential in its concept, several Internet startups generated a business model for the low-cost online education market. More...

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All content videos on #OER, #MOOC and #opened13

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1607332342/Ignatia_Inge_de_Waard_small_bigger.jpgBy . If you can, take the rest of the week off for research purposes. Go home, activate your internet, take which ever device you like best and look at one of the sessions coming from last weeks Open Education conference. All the talks can be viewed, everything is out in the open and most of the talks are about 30 minutes long, so fairly digestible. 
All the speaker sessions can be viewed here:
http://openeducation2013.sched.org and you simply select the session you think is going to lift you to the next knowledge level. And there are a lot of content topics to choose. More...

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