04 mai 2014

Federal audit stuns science community

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. A 'razor gang' operating under the title of a “commission of audit” established by Australia's conservative federal government has called for sweeping changes to the national economy that include widespread cuts in spending and abolition of major science projects with modification of others. Read more...

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Higher education faces another major upheaval

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Australian universities are preparing for one of the biggest shake-ups higher education has experienced since a Labor government reshaped the sector by consolidating universities and colleges of advanced education in the late 1980s.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne appears to be preparing the ground to extend federal funding to for-profit universities and non-university colleges to create a United States-style system in Australia. Read more...

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US branch campus abroad for American students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. In an effort to advance the internationalisation of higher education and create global citizens, the University of New England, or UNE, has opened a campus in Tangier, northern Morocco – the first American institution of higher education to open a campus in Africa for its US students. Read more...

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First Arab-French University planned

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. A first joint university involving France and Arab states is to be established in the Egyptian capital Cairo, aimed at enhancing higher education and research collaboration. The Arab-French University initiative was announced during a visit of the French Arab Universities Union to Benha in northeast Egypt on 16 April...
Besides already having the French University in Egypt, which was established in 2002, and the 2010 Franco-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology, on 8 April the French embassy and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt unveiled an Egyptian-French scientific partnership called “Amenhotep”, which aims to encourage joint research programmes. Read more...

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Are Hackathons The Classrooms Of Tomorrow? My journey to the frontier of education

By Brian Mathews. Last weekend I unexpectedly stumbled into a learning community. It was at a hackathon on my campus called VT Hacks. I was familiar with these types of events at places like Facebook and even in academic libraries, but this was my first opportunity to attend one. I knew people would be writing code, but I didn’t anticipate the wide range of hardware that they would be programing: quadcopters, glass, Kinect, iBeacons, 3D printers, leap motion, Pebble watches, Fitbits, oculus Rifts, and Raspberry pi. It was eye opening. More...

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Putin and Rationality

By David Silbey. Shorter John Cassidy: Putin may have a set of motivations that are rational by his lights, but I think he’s crazy:
Putin is a Russian nationalist[*] through and through, and, historically, an important part of Russian nationalism has been expansionism. When you are dealing with a something as combustible as that, you can’t always rely on rational behavior to prevail. More...

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Random Friday Notes: Jobs Report, Benghazi, and Evil Plane Seat Booking Behavior

By David Silbey. Job reports. In the latest form of blog posts/newspaper articles, we have the “The jobs report is good/bad on the surface, but bad/good underneath” genre. We got a bumper crop of it after today’s release. Yes, I know that today’s report was not of unalloyed good cheer, but 288,000 jobs added is a solid result for this economy, as it squelches along in an era obsessed with austerity. More...

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Flipped learning skepticism: Can students really learn on their own?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. We’re currently looking at points of skepticism about flipped learning and the flipped classroom. In the last post, we discussed the issue of students objecting to the flipped classroom because it is nothing more than having students teach themselves the subject. More...

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Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. I had to take a bit of a hiatus for the last two weeks to finish up the semester and to give and grade exams. Now that this is over, I wanted to come back and address some of the comments in these two posts. Specifically, many of those comments are principled skepticisms of flipped learning and the flipped classroom, and rather than bury my responses in an already crowded comment thread, I thought they deserved to be brought up point by point for discussion. More...

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The New ‘Austerity Imperative’ for Universities

By . Coming soon: The next outrage in your university health-care plan. And it’s all part of “business as usual.”
Here at Pennsylvania State University, the new bad news is steep hikes in health-coverage rates for graduate students, combined with cuts in benefits. The real “usual” is saving money at the expense of those who can least afford it. More...

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