16 janvier 2014

You Are Unhome: Teaching French Literacy Narratives

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. Jennifer Solheim is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
While maintaining the UIC French department’s Twitter account some days after fall semester finals, I came across this Tweet from a French major who was in two of my classes this past term. Read more...

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I Want My Students Discomforted

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. I have a confession. I tried McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart Advantage software. It’s kind of fun. I’m a little scared to admit this because I’ve been hard on adaptive learning software previously, going so far as to urge others to “resist” its adoption. The LearnSmart trial module is on U.S. States and Capitals, and while the content is relatively basic, I believe the interface is consistent with how the software works for other subjects. Read more...

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Entrepreneurs and Astronauts

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. Writing in the Inside Higher Ed blog StratEDgy, Dayna Catropa reports that students want courses and degrees in entrepreneurship, but colleges and universities aren’t keeping pace. Apparently, the Millennials want to be entrepreneurs, and they believe their educations should help foster this desire. Read more...

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Learning from Hamburger U.

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. Over the past couple of weeks, there's been a bit of buzz in the sustainability community about McDonalds' commitment to sustainable beef.  The attention was triggered, in part, by a series of three articles at GreenBiz,com, the first of which is here. In a nutshell, McDonalds has committed to begin purchasing sustainable beef in 2016, and eventually to buy nothing but. To put that promise in context, let's note that "sustainable beef" is nowhere defined, and the date by which they'll reach their final goal is anything but certain. Read more...

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Why Use a Typewriter When You Can Use a Computer?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/media/Betapic.jpg?itok=6bG2OIdfBy Carol Levander. Why is a small, highly ranked residential university like Rice — a school that prides itself on a small student/faculty ratio and that has, according to the Princeton Review, the happiest students — elbow deep in developing MOOCS? This is the question that I inevitably get asked the minute I mention Rice’s partnerships with Coursera and Edx. And it’s a logical question, for at first glance the MOOC world, with its global delivery, open enrollment, and high attrition rates seems to be at dramatic odds with the highly selective residential four-year learning ecosystem that schools like Rice deliver to the small number of students who are accepted each year. Read more...

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Back to the Future

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/media/Betapic.jpg?itok=6bG2OIdfBy Nathaniel Levy. At least with movies, the sequels rarely live up to the original.
A little over two years into the great “disruption” what, if anything, can we say about MOOCs now that the version 2.0s are here?
To find out, let’s go back to the future.
2012-2013 was called the “Year of the MOOC” by the New York Times. MOOC-related hype was everywhere. Expectations were high and outcomes were hard to predict. The courses were “experiments”—and producing them was exhausting. Read more...

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Creating Competent Students

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/media/Betapic.jpg?itok=6bG2OIdfBy Michelle Navarre Cleary. In an era of soaring concern over student loan debt, the idea of awarding students credit for what they already know or can learn on their own is taking center stage, dubbed a top education trend of 2014. By putting the focus on outputs—on what students know and can do—so-called “competence-based” programs increase transparency and do away with rigid credit and classroom time requirements, saving students both time and money—often tens of thousands of dollars on the way to a college degree. Read more...

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Are We Seizing Our EdTech Moment?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Quick question. In the last 3 years how many opportunities have you had to be part of discussions about the future of your institution? How often have you been able to get a seat at the table when issues of priorities, investments, and governance have emerged? If your life is anything like my own, the last 3 years have been very different from all the preceding ones. Read more...

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The Congress Paradox

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. In my poli sci days, one of my favorite observations was the wild disparity between Americans’ opinion of Congress in general, and their opinions of their own Representatives. It boiled down to “they’re all bums, except for my guy.” And that was true even before redistricting got completely out of hand. Americans are perfectly capable of re-electing over 90 percent of the members of a body with a 10 percent approval rating. In the case of Congress, we can’t even blame the electoral college. Read more...

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U.S. Urged to Give Incentives to States on College Funding

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgThe federal government should create a matching grant program to reward states that maintain and increase their funding for public colleges, by linking the maximum Pell Grant awarded to students in states to per-student funding or higher education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities argues in a new report. Read more...

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