16 janvier 2014

Five myths about Moocs

Times Higher EducationBy Diana Laurillard. Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer.
In last week’s Times Higher Education, University of Greenwich vice-chancellor David Maguire called massive open online courses the most-hyped new idea in higher education in 2013. He predicted that a “trough of disillusionment” would open up in 2014. Well he might. Free online courses that require no prior qualifications or fee are a wonderful idea but are not viable. Mooc students spend the majority of their study time watching videos and reading. Read more...

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Overseas student total falls ‘for first time’ as Indian numbers collapse

Times Higher EducationBy John Morgan. The number of non-EU students at UK universities fell by 1 per cent last year, the first such decline ever recorded.
The fall in the number of students from outside the EU in 2012-13, revealed in Higher Education Statistics Agency figures published today, will heighten concerns among universities over the impact of the coalition government’s drive to cut immigration. Read more...

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Becoming a student entrepreneur

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graham Cooper. You don’t have to study business to be a successful entrepreneur, according to Graham Cooper, it can all start at university.
 You’re a student at university and you think you have a great business idea, but you have no idea where to go next to progress the idea. Where do you start?
For many students, a lack of business knowledge can overwhelm your ideas, proving a barrier that prevents many from moving beyond the ideas phase. More...

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Student finance: how to apply for funding

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Nichola Malton. As Ucas deadlines arrive today, if you're planning to start university in September, it’s time to turn your attention to university funding, says Nichola Malton.
Whether you’re planning to start university for the first time this year, are returning to your studies or have a son or daughter at university, it’s time to turn your attention to university funding for the year. Student finance is essential for most people attending university or college, to assist with everyday living costs. More...

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Universities need to deliver value for money for students

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Sonia Sodha. The OFT need to look at how to promote more competition in the market and protect students from poor standards, says Sonia Sodha.
With university fees now almost triple what they were two years ago, and the cap on student numbers to be lifted next year, it’s more important than ever that universities are providing undergraduates with a quality academic experience. More...

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Universities attracting top students with free flights, laptops and cinema tickets

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton and Joe Kavanagh. As the deadline to apply to universities through UCAS approaches, research finds that institutions are promising a range of cash incentives and benefits to attract students.
Universities have been accused of a “deplorable” waste of money after promising students free flights, laptops, gym membership, cinema tickets and up to £10,000 in cash to fill places. More...

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Four-in-10 graduate jobs 'reserved for student interns'

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Graeme Paton. Research finds that the number of graduate jobs will rise to a seven-year high... but almost four-in-10 of the posts will only be open to applicants with previous internship experience.
Record numbers of graduate jobs will be reserved for students who have already enjoyed placements at Britain’s top companies despite concerns that internships are being dominated by those with well-connected parents. More...

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Why 6 colleges are cutting tuition

. Amid news that the "sticker price" for college tuition is often a work of fiction — there are at least 200 colleges where no one pays full price for their education — some schools have been striking out in a different direction. They're lowering their prices across the board in a practice sometimes called a "tuition reset."
The idea is simple: Rather than tempting students with big discounts, administrators are hoping that applying a lower tuition more consistently will help them stand out. In most cases, the schools maintain that it's not about taking in less money in the aggregate and that their programs will not suffer. More...

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University enrolment is up despite dire predictions

By Karen Seidman. Quebec seems to have dodged the proverbial bullet when it comes to a demographic slump that was forecast for its universities.
Despite the turmoil of the recent student uprising over tuition fees and a severe $250-million funding cut (over two years) in December 2012 that walloped Quebec’s already struggling universities, student enrolment is up at the province’s four largest universities in Montreal.
And that’s good news since university funding is so inextricably tied to student population. More...

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Could the College Campus Go the Way of the Bookstore?

By Anthony Flint. When it comes to the frenzied advent of the MOOC, the massive open online courses that have been threatening to upend higher education, no college wants to be perceived as old school. For some, there is a very real danger of becoming no school.
With all this potential for upheaval, the physical makeup of institutions of higher learning is being called into question, too. As the business of education moves online, is the traditional quadrangle-dormitory-lecture hall-library configuration really going to be necessary? Could the college campus go the way of – gulp – the bricks-and-mortar bookstore? More...

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