09 février 2014

Mental health app developed for stressed-out students

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Natalie Samson. HealthyMinds app allows students to track their mood and devise coping strategies. Amid growing concerns over the mental health of students, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, in partnership with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, has launched HealthyMinds, an app to help students cope with stress and manage emotional and mental wellness. More...

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Quebec’s charter of values worries members of the university community

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Marie Lambert-Chan. The province’s university community, like the rest of Quebec society, is torn apart over the proposed ban on wearing religious symbols. Nora Jaffary, chair of Concordia University’s history department, is not a Muslim. But she is wearing a hijab to protest Bill 60 – entitled the Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests (PDF) – tabled by the Quebec government in November. More...

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We need to encourage formal and informal academic mentorships

By David Kent. Last spring I wrote an article called “Postdoctoral mentors and a regular reality check” which discussed the topic of a secondary mentorship program. The postdoctoral-fellow second mentor is something I’ve been pushing to create here in Cambridge. Many people find some type of mentorship on their own through departmental seminars, collaborations, conferences, etc. – but are all types of mentorship getting covered? Read more...

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Transition Q & A: Sarah-Louise Quinnell

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk - From PhD to Life. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD?
I had expected, like I am sure a number of PhDs do, to go into an academic teaching and research position. However, I realized very quickly that this would be hard going to achieve. At the same time I realized that when I looked at my PhD as a whole I had a number of transferable skills around using digital media in research and for my own development. These skills were in high demand so I looked at what I could do with those. More...

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We should embrace rejection

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/uploadedImages/Columns_and_Opinions/In_My_Opinion/2013/August-September/globe_langs_100.jpgBy David Smith. Try again, try harder and try often.
There is a thick black binder crammed at the back of my office filing cabinet. The label down the spine reads: Thanks for coming out. Whenever I’m feeling lazy or listless about my research, I dig up that old binder, open it to a random page, and read one of the dozens of wonderful rejection letters that I’ve received over the years. They are all there, from the reviewers’ reports on the manuscript I submitted to Current Biology last month to the result of my first scholarship application, to that interview I never received for that lovely liberal arts college. More...

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Welcome to a new space for adjunct faculty

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/uploadedImages/Columns_and_Opinions/In_My_Opinion/2013/August-September/globe_langs_100.jpgBy Kane X. Faucher. Planning, collaboration, and other issues of importance to contract faculty in Canada.
The number of contract faculty members in Canadian universities is growing, outpacing more secure forms of employment, while tenure-track hiring is lagging. Members of this constituency -- sometimes called the “precariat” or “academic industrial reserve army” – have, in some cases, taught for more than 10 years, PhD in hand. They work part-time in name only, as many of their other efforts at the university are unseen and uncompensated. Members of this constituency, as well as some of our tenured peers, feel frustration by how too many universities fail to collect or publish data about contract faculty and how so many of us are paid a fraction of full-time wages for almost the same work, while universities market their graduate programs to prospective students as the path to high earnings. More...

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Consuming the Academic Bubble

By Ryan. Sometimes I feel as though I’ve been swindled. Not by anyone in particular but by an institution that is relentlessly trying to prop itself up despite its progressive decline. That institution is the academy – once a public good devoted to the free production of critical knowledge, it has become in the last few decades a corporatized factory for the production of capitalist consumers and wage slaves. More than that, it has become itself a product for consumption where what’s for sale is the facsimile of intellectual freedom and integrity. Like so many extravagant island resorts, universities offer manicured landscapes, leisure activities, freedom from the wage clock – all for a price and all safely sectioned off from the harsh realities outside. But the price is going up, and students – the consumers of this image world that they are being sold – are taking on increasing amounts of debt to pay it. What’s more, they’re told this is “good debt” – like buying a house, right? Remember when owning a home was the “American Dream” – a symbol of financial security? Now that bubble has burst – the academic bubble, I believe, is not far behind it. More...

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You Don’t Get Something for Nothing

By Steve Joordens. In a previous post I shamelessly described the learning technologies we are creating in the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab of the University of Toronto Scarborough as “Stairways to Heaven”.
Specifically, I described the philosophy that guides us, one that involves building technologies (i.e., stairways) that can take us from where we are – an education system that primarily stresses memorization skills and content – to where we want to be – an educational “Heaven” in which our students regularly engage in learning activities specifically created to exercise and develop the core learning objectives that distinguish scholars and leaders from mere databases of knowledge (e.g., critical thought, creative thought, reflective thought, expressive communication, receptive communication, etc.). Read more...

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The Volatility of International Student Flows

By Philip G. Altbach. The past several decades have seen consistent increases in the numbers of students studying abroad. More than 4.3 million students studied abroad in 2011, more than double the number of mobile students a decade earlier. Many assume that expansion will continue indefinitely—and indeed that has been the trend in the era of massification of enrolments and globalization. Yet, international student flows can be quite volatile. The more countries and institutions think of international students as commodities to be traded, the more this volatility may have consequences for budgets and academic programs. Read more...

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Higher Education, Its Golden Age and Future

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Part I:  Notions of the “Golden Age”
The bookends are before us! Clay Shirky has declared the end of the golden age of higher education http://www.shirky.com/weblog/ while Cathy Davidson is teaching us about the Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.
I don’t know about “golden age” per se, but I agree we are in a new stage.  A historian of higher education, I suspect that probably every age thought of itself as “golden.”   Twelfth century Europe, for example, was a high-water mark for Catholic medieval scholarship.  Ox-bridge education ruled the world when the sun never set on the British Empire. Read more...

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