15 décembre 2013

The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Long after the MOOC providers pivot to whatever sustainable business model will come next, we will be enjoying the benefits of the infrastructure that was built to support this particular bubble. This infrastructure is not like that of previous bubbles. It is not fiber (bandwidth) and it is not newly cheap servers, open source databases, and flexible programming languages. Read more...

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Excited and Overwhelmed: First Year Students in the Library

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. It’s always a red-letter day when Project Information Literacy comes out with report. A new one was published earlier this month, and I finally found time to read it. As usual, it’s time well spent, and I will be sending the link around to a lot of people on campus who I know will be interested. Read more...

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From First-Gen College Student to First-Gen Grad Student

By Alicia Peaker and Katie Shives. At my high school, fewer than 10 percent of graduating seniors went on to four-year colleges. I can’t imagine what that number looks like for graduate school. Although first-generation college students are relatively well-studied (though still not well-supported), there is a major lack of research about first-generation grad students (FGGS). All this week we’ve featured posts by grad students who have shared their experiences and strategies for adapting to graduate school as an FGGS. You don’t have to be an FGGS to identify with many of the themes we’ve covered this week (imposter syndrometranslating your work for your family, and more) or to use the strategies each author has laid out. At the same time, first-generation students do face some unique challenges that can affect performance, time-to-completion, and drop-out rates. Read more...

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Are We Not Teaching Assistants?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. Lest we think that concerns over corporate and techno-utopian thinking encroaching on education is overblown, I offer two recent examples. 
Exhibit 1. 
In discussing Georgia Tech’s online master’s program from it’s College of Computing, Dean Zvi Galil described why he sees it as a “MOOC 2.0.” Read more...

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Toying with Gender

By Laura Tropp. I’ve been following the new Goldiblox products, which encourage girls to play games that promise to foster science and engineering skills. Sheryl Sandberg is telling me (through national media) that I should let my daughters play video games. On the other hand, critics are holding the toy industry to task for creating “girly” science products. Read more...

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Coursera Launches iPhone App

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgStudents in courses hosted by Coursera, the massive open online course provider, can now access lessons on the go -- as long as they have an iPhone. The MOOC provider launched an official mobile app on Tuesday, allowing iPhone users to browse courses, receive notifications from the courses they are enrolled in, and stream and download lectures. Read more...

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Haverford May Abandon Loan-Free Packages for Many Students

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgHaverford College officials are backing away from a pledge to ensure no students are forced to borrow money to attend the private liberal arts college. College administrators told students this week they are looking to do away with their six-year-old “no loan” pledge to some students – mostly its students from upper middle class households. The new plan still has significant protections for needy families in lower income brackets: Families making less than $60,000 will still not have to take out loans and no family should have to borrow more than $12,000 over four-years, which is far less debt than the average debt-bearing student. (The median family income in the United States is about $51,000). Read more...

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Ph.D.s With and Without Jobs

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. The percentage of new Ph.D. recipients in 2012 who had a job commitment upon finishing their degrees increased by the smallest of margins -- 0.1 percentage point, to 65.6 percent -- over the 2011 proportion. While that change is in a positive direction and some disciplinary groups saw slightly larger gains, the overall picture of the job market for new Ph.D.s remains tight, according to data from new version of the Survey of Earned Doctorates, which is prepared for the National Science Foundation each year by NORC at the University of Chicago. Read more...

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Costs in Croatia

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Cyrille Cartier for Times Higher Education. In a town near the Croatian border with Bosnia, Marija Čačić saw many family members and friends lose their jobs as local industries shut down. She came to the University of Zagreb’s philosophy department eager to lay foundations for a better life, far away from those local problems. But all that changed when Čačić joined the student movement and saw the connection between the jobless workers back home and her own struggle for “free education.” Read more...

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Competent at What?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Paul Fain. Competency-based education appears to be higher education’s "next big thing." Yet many academics aren’t sure what it is. And that goes double for lawmakers and journalists. A new group is stepping in to try to clear up some of the confusion. The nascent Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) will include up to 20 institutions that offer competency-based degrees or are well on their way to creating them. Read more...

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