06 avril 2014

Failing tuition fees system won't be fixed by tinkering

The Guardian homeBy The world of work is changing – challenging how we think, and pay for, higher education, says Peter Scott. There are uncanny parallels between the flawed privatisation of the railways in the 1990s and the government's failing higher education reforms today. More...

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Toward a common definition of “flipped learning”

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. We’ve seen a significant ramping up of interest in – and exposure to – the flipped/inverted classroom over the last few years, and it’s been nice to see an uptick in the amount of research being done into its effectiveness. But one thing that’s been lacking has been a consensus on what the flipped classroom actually is. If a professor assigns readings to do before class and then holds discussions in class, is that “the flipped classroom”? I’ve said in the past that it is not (necessarily), but that’s just me. Now, however, a group of educators and others interested in flipped learning are proposing a common definition of flipped learning, and it’s pretty interesting. More...

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‘What Is College For?’: First Discussion

By . Hello, and welcome to The Chronicle Book Club’s first discussion! This week we are discussing the introduction and first chapter of What Is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education, edited by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann and Harry Lewis. The duo express at the outset that their book is “unabashedly normative” and that their intention is to encourage debate. With that in mind, let’s have a civil discussion, whether or not you agree with the book’s underlying premises. More...

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For the Persistent Ph.D. Impulse, Gentle Dissuasion

By . I teach in an M.A. program in history at a small liberal-arts college. We have a strong track record of placing our students in good doctoral programs. Because we do not offer a Ph.D., however, we are also free to be candid about why going on to a doctorate might not make much sense in financial and career terms. Five years ago, we starting giving our students William Pannapacker’s essay “Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go.” Some cohorts heard this earnest advice on as many as six occasions. More...

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Embracing the New Globalism: a Challenge to Rethink Study Abroad

The following is by William G. Durden, former president of Dickinson College. It is adapted from a speech he gave Wednesday at the Forum on Education Abroad’s annual meeting in San Diego.
Higher education in the United States is not prepared to lead the future of study abroad.
It is mired in past assumptions and internal professional disputes disconnected from public demand and opportunity. And despite “cosmetic” tweaks to traditional programs, what is potentially the future of education abroad eludes us. More...

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From the Archives: All About Games

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . From playing games, to teaching with games, making your own games, and even gamifying your email — the ProfHacker archives have a lot to offer when thinking about games.
Games in the Classroom
Anastasia has written a very thorough series of posts on Games in the Classroom:

  1. Part 1 explains that games can help students through exploring content through new or multiple points of view, learning through making, and collaboration.

  2. Part 2 explains how and where to discover games that you might want to use in the classroom

  3. Part 3 introduces tools and concepts for making games in the classroom

  4. Part 4 discusses multiplayer games as models for education. More...

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Using Browser Profiles for Organization

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Many of us have more than one email account these days. I have several, I’m afraid, though I don’t need to use all of them regularly (thankfully!). Still, there are three that I use on an almost daily basis: my personal account, my main work account, and the account of the office I currently direct. While I could use a desktop email client to manage my email (and I sometimes do, for backup purposes if nothing else), all three are GMail accounts. Since I also make extensive use of Google Calendar and Google Drive with all three, there are some advantages to working in a browser most of the time. More...

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Microsoft Finally Introduces Office for iPad

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy George Williams. After years of speculation from users, Microsoft has finally introduced a version of their Office suite of applications for the iPad. As their description on the product’s web page explains, you can
[v]iew, create, and edit Office documents on your iPad® with touch-friendly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. In Word, add comments or track changes while you work together with others. Review and update Excel spreadsheets and add formulas or charts. Change PowerPoint presentations and project them wirelessly on a big screen.
There’s one thing that might be considered a catch, however: “Editing and creating documents with Office for iPad requires an eligible Office 365 subscription.” Without that subscription, you can only view files in the native apps. More...

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Open Thread Wednesday: Taking Stock and Thinking Ahead

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy George Williams. On my campus the semester has just about a month of regular classes left, which means that it’s time to start taking stock of what’s been done, what’s almost finished, and what still needs to be wrapped up. Committee deadlines approach, student projects near completion, and research tasks need to be completed over the next month or so. More...

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How to Run a Group-Authored Blog

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy George Williams. Independently of each other, a small number of people have recently asked about the workflow involved in publishing a group-authored blog like ProfHacker. Now I don’t pretend that the way we do things is the best way possible, but I’m happy to describe how we go about publishing 2 posts a day, 5 days a week. If you’re involved in a similar project that uses a different workflow, feel free to share the details in the comments to this post. More...

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