26 avril 2014

Princeton U. Will Pay Town More Than $24-Million Over 7 Years

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Princeton University said on Thursday that it had agreed to pay the town of Princeton, N.J., more than $24-million over the next seven years. The university, which as a nonprofit organization is tax-exempt, said in a news release that it would make voluntary payments of $21.7-million over the course of the agreement as well as one-time contributions valued at $2.6-million toward several town projects. More...

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The World According to Whorf

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/percolator-art-new.gifBy Tom Bartlett. In 1938 a chemical engineer and amateur linguist named Benjamin Whorf visited a Hopi reservation in Arizona and concluded that the residents there had no words for time. No “was” or “will”; only “is.” For Whorf, and for many descriptive linguists who followed him, the supposed lack of past and future tenses in the Hopi language was more than just a grammatical curiosity. It revealed something deep and meaningful about the speakers themselves. The Hopi were a people permanently in the present. Read more...

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A Closer Look at Texas’ ‘Top 10 Percent’ Plan

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. Eligibility for automatic admission under Texas’ “top 10 percent” plan increases the likelihood that a student will enroll at one of the state’s flagship universities by about 60 percent, shifting eligible students away from selective private colleges, according to new research findings published in Education Next. Yet the effects of the “race-neutral” admissions program are most visible in high schools that already send many graduates to college. Under the plan, which lies at the heart of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the major affirmative-action ruling the Supreme Court issued last year, students in the top 10 percent of their high-school class are automatically admitted to any of the state’s public universities. More...

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Twitter Names Winners of Data Grants

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . In February, Twitter announced a new program offering researchers the chance to get free data for their studies. Apparently the idea has broad appeal: The company received 1,300 proposals from more than 60 countries, according to a blog post revealing the six institutions that have won the first round of grants. More...

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U. of Southern California and 2U Offer Online Doctoral Degree

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education is expanding its partnership with the online course provider 2U to offer the education school’s first online doctoral degree. Online classes for the new doctor of education in organizational change and leadership will begin in January 2015. Officials say the three-year program will offer “live weekly classes with a low student-to-faculty ratio,” and the course content will be available online 24/7. More...

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Students Prefer Smartphones and Laptops to Tablets, Study Finds

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy . When tablets appeared on the market, there were expectations that they would be laptop computers’ greatest competition. That has not turned out to be true at Ball State University, where students see tablets as a form of entertainment—as essentially a bigger and more expensive smartphone, according to a recent study. The study, by Michael Hanley, a professor of advertising and director of Ball State’s Institute for Mobile Media Research, found that students’ use of smartphones for entertainment, such as watching videos, visiting social-media platforms, and shopping online, has increased in the last five years. More...

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How Has Mich.’s Ban on Affirmative Action Affected Minority Enrollment?

By Jonah Newman. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning race-conscious admissions. Although the decision didn’t directly address the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies, the dissenting opinion, written by Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor, cited student-demographic data as proof that the ban, which went into effect in 2008, has adversely affected minority enrollment and diversity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. More...

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What I learned from the Open Textbook Summit

By Tony Bates. BCcampus (2014) Five lessons learned at the Open Textbooks Summit Vancouver BC: BCcampus
BCcampus organized an open textbook summit again this year (the first one was last year). I attended, because I’m writing my own open textbook on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age.’ BCcampus has published its own blog post on the lessons learned, but I came away with something different, from a potential author’s perspective.
1. Open textbooks are gaining momentum.
There were two Ministers of Advanced Education present, one from BC and one from Saskatchewan. See more...

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Introducing Powerchord (Blackbird edition)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Introducing Powerchord (Blackbird edition).
Dan Lockton, Architectures, April 25, 2014
The powerchord is a simple device that represents energy use in a household as background noises - birdsongs, rain falling, etc. In this post, the author describes associating the noises with specific appliances: "The ‘Sound of the Office’ represented twelve hours’ electricity use by three items of office infrastructure – the kettle, a laser printer, and a gang socket for a row of desks – turned into a 30-second MIDI file." I love this idea. "It’s an exploration of what’s possible, or might be useful, in helping people develop a different kind of understanding of energy use, and the patterns of energy use in daily life – not just based on on numerical feedback. If it’s design for behaviour change, it’s aiming to do so through increasing our understanding of, and familiarity with, the systems around us, making energy use something we can develop an instinctual feeling for." More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. BIM and BAD.
David T. Jones, The Weblog of (a) David Jones, April 25, 2014
I like this acronym - it's not complete, but it's a great start: "BAD is an acronym that captures what I think is missing from the institutional approach to university e-learning
Bricolage – the LMS as Enteprise Systems doesn’t allow or cater for bricolage.

  1. Affordances – resulting in an inability to leverage the affordances of technology to improve learning and teaching.
  2. Distribution – the idea that knowledge about how to improve L&T is distributed and the implications that has for the institutional practice of e-learning."

This wasn't what we were trying to develop when we developed MOOCs, but if this had been the description of what we were trying, it wouldn't have been far off. More...

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