23 février 2014

Money alone can’t fix aboriginal education

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Jeffrey Simpson. Prime Minister Stephen Harper acted correctly, if belatedly, when he decided to pour lots more money into aboriginal education.The sums are considerable, but the need is great. On-reserve aboriginal educational achievement is poor by any standard. Yes, there are exceptions to be hailed. But there are many failures to be lamented. Read more...

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Fight and flight

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogSpeculativeDiction.jpgBy . When I was about 20 I made the decision to quit pursuing a career doing the thing I’d been best at all my life. Some of you might be surprised to know that I was “supposed” to be an artist. I was better at art – drawing, building and sculpting, photography – than I was at anything else, and I was usually better at it than anyone around me. Of course that changed when I started my BFA, but I was still very good at it and would have been much better if I’d felt the motivation to perform in the way I was supposed to. But I didn’t feel it, and I didn’t like the performance (which was far more than just “artistic”), and it meant that I had to start questioning “why not?”. I knew I had to make a decision before I went too far down that track, narrowing my options to the point where it would be difficult to start something else, and investing a lot of time that could be better used elsewhere. Read more...

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Canada’s missed opportunity at AAAS

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy . The following is a guest post by Helen Murphy, assistant director, communications, for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Canada was both present and missing at this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, Feb. 13-17. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and its annual meeting attracts thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers and journalists from around the world to discuss recent developments in science and technology. More...

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Reforming postsecondary education needs to be more inclusive

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Brent Epperson. Debates on reform of postsecondary education require full participation of francophones and Aboriginal Peoples.
From one end of Canada to the other, debate continues over the future of postsecondary education and the controversial idea of a skills deficit. Francophones and Aboriginal peoples so far have not been adequately represented in these debates. To create a world-class education system that reflects the multinational and bilingual character of the country, francophones and indigenous people need to collaborate and be more active participants. More...

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Lawyer creates video platform for academics

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Elizabeth Raymer. Scholars can connect with public through short ‘vlogs’.
Academics looking for a way to engage and educate the public through video clips now have a platform. It’s called Vidoyen (combining the words “video” and the French word for dean, doyen), and it was launched last year by a Toronto technology lawyer. More...

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Government to consult on new research excellence fund

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Rosanna Tamburri. ‘Substantive consultation’ coming, says Rickford.
Canada’s Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford said the government will soon embark on “a very substantial and substantive” consultation process with the country’s postsecondary community to iron out the design details of the new Canada First Research Excellence Fund announced in the 2014 budget on Feb. 11. More...

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The Pedagogy of Discovery

By Steven Mintz. The idea is half a century old. But implementation has lagged far behind. During the early 1960s, the educational psychologist Jerome Bruner called for discovery learning, which he contrasted with the standard pedagogy of the day, knowledge transmission. An updated version of John Dewey’s vision of an education that is social and interactive, discovery learning emphasizes inquiry, problem solving, and team work, as opposed to the passive absorption of information. Read more...

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ACPA is Getting #SAtech at Upcoming Convention

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. This year's ACPA Annual Convention in Indianapolis is gearing up to be an epic event. From a student affairs technology perspective, the convention committee deserves a standing ovation. A recent blog post on the ACPA Convention blog lays out the ways in which technology will play a vital role in this year's experience. Read more...

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Teaching With Video

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Margaret Andrews. Throughout the years I’ve taught a variety of courses and short programs and have collected a relatively short list of favorite films and videos that I use to illustrate certain lessons and behaviors.  Here are some of my favorites:
Milkshakes:  This four-minute video showcases Clay Christensen talking about how you get the most creative insights into a situation/problem by making sure you ask the right questions. Read more...

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The New Public Intellectuals

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. Nick Kristof, at the New York Times, set off an explosion on Twitter with his piece Sunday about the seeming disappearance of college faculty from larger political discussions.  Quoting famous people from Harvard, Princeton, and Harvard again, Kristof concluded that the marginalization of academic voices is a result of hyper-specialization and rampant liberalism. Read more...

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