04 mai 2014

The Agent Impact

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Agents to recruit international students may be like global rankings of universities, suggested William Lawton in a presentation here Wednesday. "Even if you don't like the look of them, they are here to stay," said Lawton, of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank. Read more...

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Privacy or Pretense?

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Google, pressured by privacy advocates and looming legal challenges, on Wednesday announced it will no longer scan student and faculty emails for advertising keywords, seeking to end a seven-year-long conflict that some university technology officers have said violates federal law. Read more...

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On Campus MOOCs

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. After more than two years in the cloud, Coursera’s massive open online courses will this summer make landfall at Dominican University of California, which will host the MOOC provider’s first Learning Hub at a U.S. institution. Dominican is part of Coursera’s latest wave of hubs -- physical locations scattered across the globe where MOOC students can meet in person to collaborate and, in some cases, receive in-person tutoring from course facilitators familiar with the content. Read more...

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'We Gave It a Year'

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Online education criticism, administrator-faculty quarrels and quality concerns -- the troubles that faced Semester Online and its partner institutions can be summed up in one word: skepticism. One semester into Washington University in St. Louis’s one-year commitment to Semester Online -- 2U’s initiative to create a pool of credit-granting online courses that combined asynchronous content with live online sessions -- faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences there returned to the question last month. Read more...

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Promotion by Arbitration

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Some California State University professors might not even know it’s there. But a little clause in their union contract, Article 10.26K, about the possibility of promotion by arbitration, recently helped one faculty member get the title he'd been counting on for years: full professor.
"This will certainly be new to some people, that this process even exists, and that it even works sometimes,” said Ramon Castellblanch, a newly appointed full professor of public health at San Francisco State University. “That’s why I’d like this story to get around.”
Castellblanch, whose research centers on health policy in state politics, started at San Francisco State in 2002. Read more...

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The New Post-Tenure Review

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Post-tenure review is viewed by many professors with skepticism. To some, it seems like an attack on tenure; to others, a waste of time. And recent announcements by two colleges, Ball State and Suffolk Universities, that they’re considering adopting post-tenure review policies that could in some cases lead to dismissal have brought out those skeptics. Read more...

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GSV+ASU EdInnovations Conference: A proxy for ed tech’s big challenge

By Phil Hill. Last week Michael and I attended the GSV+ASU EdInnovations conference commonly known as “Davos in the Desert”. This conference is growing in importance, especially in the effect on ed tech investment, as can be seen by the rising attendance. Just five years ago there were less than 300 attendees, and this year’s event had well over 2,000. Some of the notable articles covering the event:
Inside Higher Ed: “Let’s Make a Deal” – this article compares the rise of ed tech in general to the rise in the conference, but asks about lack of educators and lack of nationwide results (more on this later). Read more...

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White House report on big data will impact ed tech

By Phil Hill. Yesterday the White House released its report on big data and privacy implications. The focus was broadly on big data, but there will be implications for ed tech, with several key recommendations specifically focused on the education sector. Specifically, there will be a push to update and revise the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, enacted in 1974) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA, enacted in 2000). Education Week set the context quite well in its article. Read more...

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UCF and Temple IPEDS corrections lead to new Top 20 in online enrollment

By Phil Hill. In response to the new distance education (roughly equivalent to online education) data released by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), I have written a series of posts showing different ways to view the data. In short, the data allows much greater insight into degree-granting online higher education in the US than we previously had. WCET also has a series of posts worth exploring.
One post in particular listed the top 20 institutions in terms of how many students take at least one online course, broken down by sector. Read more...

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English Language Programs and International Student Recruitment

The EvoLLLutionBy  - EvoLLLution. The teaching of English in a systematic fashion began with Berlitz in 1890 and, within a decade, there were Berlitz Schools in 16 European countries, and then offshoots (instructors mostly) of Berlitz started their own schools. Universities’ extension units began offering English as a Foreign Language programs, such as Columbia University Extension in 1911. Standalone English language teaching divisions came into existence around 1941, initially providing instruction to graduate students and professionals. Canadian universities (such as the University of New Brunswick and Queen’s University) also began offering these courses in the 1940s. More...

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