13 avril 2014

AAC&U GEMs: Exemplar Practice

By Michael Feldstein. A while back, I wrote about my early experiences as a member of the Digital Working Group for the AAC&U General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) initiative and promised that I would do my homework for the group in public. Today I will make good on that promise. The homework is to write-up an exemplar practice of how digital tools and practices can help support students in their journeys through GenEd. More...

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Head in the Oven, Feet in the Freezer

By Michael Feldstein. Some days, the internet gods are kind.
On April 9th, I wrote,

We want talking about educational efficacy to be like talking about the efficacy of Advil for treating arthritis. But it’s closer to talking about the efficacy of various chemotherapy drugs for treating a particular cancer. And we’re really really bad at talking about that kind of efficacy. I think we have our work cut out for us if we really want to be able to talk intelligently and intelligibly about the effectiveness of any particular educational intervention.

On the very same day, the estimable Larry Cuban blogged. More...

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Efficacy, Adaptive Learning, and the Flipped Classroom, Part II

By Michael Feldstein. In my last post, I described positive but mixed results of an effort by MSU’s psychology department to flip and blend their classroom:

  • On the 30-item comprehensive exam, students in the redesigned sections performed significantly better (84% improvement) compared to the traditional comparison group (54% improvement).
  • Students in the redesigned course demonstrated significantly more improvement from pre to post on the 50-item comprehensive exam (62% improvement) compared to the traditional sections (37% improvement).
  • Attendance improved substantially in the redesigned section. (Fall 2011 traditional mean percent attendance = 75% versus fall 2012 redesign mean percent attendance = 83%)
  • They did not get a statistically significant improvement in the number of failures and withdrawals, which was one of the main goals of the redesign, although they note that “it does appear that the distribution of A’s, B’s, and C’s shifted such that in the redesign, there were more A’s and B’s and fewer C’s compared to the traditional course.”
  • In terms of cost reduction, while they fell short of their 17.8% goal, they did achieve a 10% drop in the cost of the course….

It’s also worth noting that MSU expected to increase enrollment by 72 students annually but actually saw a decline of enrollment by 126 students, which impacted their ability to deliver decreased costs to the institution.

Those numbers were based on the NCAT report that was written up after the first semester of the redesigned course. More...

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International students and democratic deficit?

This guest entry is written by Enzo Rossi, who is a current student of the HEM programme, a former full-time student representative, and the co-founder of Internationalista, a platform that aims at increasing international students’ awareness of democratic processes and  involvement in governance at the University of Oslo.
Are international students disproportionately underrepresented in formal governance, decision-making and leadership positions? Data for Norway seems to suggest that this is the case for all Norwegian Universities except Stavanger. See more...

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Scholarships for students in South Eastern Europe to study in Austria

The Province of Styrtia and University of Graz have a project “GO STYRIA” focuses on incoming research mobility for Master and Doctoral students as well as Post-Docs. In the winter semester 2014/2015 a total of 50 scholarship months can be awarded.
The scholarship program aims at Master and Doctoral students who:
- Are currently  registered at universities in South-Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova) and also still registered during the winter semester 2014/15.
- Are currently already working on their master of doctoral thesis.
- Want to have a study period at the University of Graz as exchange students in order to do research and then finish their degree at their home universities.
Furthermore, Post-docs from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, who have completed their PhD programme with excellent results. The completion of the doctorate should not be older than 1 year at time of application.
Application deadline – 30 April 2014 – (receiving deadline of application via surface mail).
More information and the application form can be found here. See more...

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Soll der NC fallen?

Von Franz Himpsl und Jonas Krumbein. Die deutschen Unis wehren sich mit Zulassungsbeschränkungen gegen die Studentenflut. Ist das ein Problem? Versiffte Zweckbauten, unendliche Mensaschlangen, überfüllte Hörsäle: Ich kenne keinen, der die deutsche Massenuniversität liebt. Sicher wären komfortablere Studienbedingungen machbar: Man platziere einfach vor allen Fächern den Türsteher Numerus clausus (NC), der nur einen Teil der interessierten Studenten durchlässt. Das wäre konsequent, schließlich geht der Trend schon länger zur flächendeckenden Zulassungsbeschränkung. Aber ist das auch sinnvoll? Ich finde: Nein. Mehr...

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Zwei Drittel aller Studiengänge in Stadtstaaten haben einen NC

Wer mit schlechtem Abi studieren will, hat vor allem in Großstädten immer schlechtere Chancen. An Berliner Unis ist nur noch jeder zehnte Studiengang zulassungsfrei. Knapp die Hälfte aller Studiengänge in Deutschland ist mittlerweile zulassungsbeschränkt. Mit einem Numerus clausus (NC) sind 45,5 Prozent der Studiengänge belegt. Das ergab eine Studie des Centrums für Hochschulentwicklung(CHE). Im Osten gibt es allerdings deutlich weniger Beschränkungen. Mehr...

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Die Plagiatsmaschine

Ein Kommentar von . Eine einzige Textstelle moniert Plagiatsjäger Heidingsfelder in Gerd Müllers Arbeit. Hier geht es nicht mehr nur um Wissenschaftsethik, hier geht es um Aufmerksamkeit. Ein jeder kann Martin Heidingsfelder buchen, um ihn Dissertationen prüfen zu lassen. Auf seiner Website sind Politikernamen angegeben, neben manchen steht ein Preis. Mehr...

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Intelligent reforms of student loans

The Guardian homeBy The issue of non-repayment raised by the Sutton Trust and the Institute for Fiscal Studies is just one of the problems with the student loan system (Report, 10 April). By introducing lower monthly repayments as a sweetener when the £9,000 fees were introduced, the government has in fact created something more burdensome for graduates by locking them into an average of 26 years of debt. Read more...

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Training will fill jobs gap better than public sector cash – George Osborne

The Guardian homeBy Chancellor tells American Enterprise Institute in Washington that investment in technology is key to sustained recovery. The UK's recovery will improve the living standards of all workers and generate well-paid jobs to replace those that technology makes obsolete, George Osborne told an audience of free-market campaigners in Washington on Friday. Read more...

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