17 mai 2014

China has 7 million graduates and no jobs available

delawareonlineBy Yukon Huang and Canyon Bosler. Even during China's most feudal phases, higher education has offered a reliable means of meritocratic advancement. Well into the 1990s, the limited number of university graduates meant that all of them were virtually assured places among the economic elite. More...

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STEM Degrees In Hand, International Students Face Uncertain Future

http://kbia.org/sites/kbia/themes/station/images/bg-header-kbia.jpgBy . Yinzi Liu sat in the café at Washington University’s Medical School and nervously fiddled with the sleeve on her coffee cup. The 28-year old will graduate tomorrow with a doctorate in developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology.  While earning her degree she spent countless hours glued to a microscope, peering into zebrafish embryos for clues that could one day lead to the early detection of human birth defects. By most accounts she should be brimming with excitement. Instead she’s loaded with anxiety. More...

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Who Gets to Graduate?

The New York TimesBy . For as long as she could remember, Vanessa Brewer had her mind set on going to college. The image of herself as a college student appealed to her — independent, intelligent, a young woman full of potential — but it was more than that; it was a chance to rewrite the ending to a family story that went off track 18 years earlier, when Vanessa’s mother, then a high-achieving high-school senior in a small town in Arkansas, became pregnant with Vanessa. More...

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Academia becomes poisoned if deans can’t criticize the university

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Michael Plaxton. Robert Buckingham was a tenured professor and executive director of the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Public Health. He was fired on Wednesday, after publicly speaking his mind about the University’s decision to collapse the School into the Department of Medicine – part of the academic prioritization process known as TransformUS. More...

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La CGE se montre très réservée au sujet de la réforme des stages

Orientations : études, métiers, alternance, emploi, orientations scolaireAprès l'adoption du texte au Sénat, la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) a décidé de maintenir ses plus vives réserves, et appelle à rétablir un dialogue constructif.
Le Sénat vient d'adopter la proposition de loi sur le développement et l'encadrement des stages et du statut du stagiaire. Suite à cette adoption, la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) a décidé de faire part de ses réserves concernant cette réforme, qu'elle juge contreproductive, et qui "crée plus de problèmes qu'elle n'en résout". La CGE regrette en effet que "le texte, par une approche uniformisatrice, oublieuse des réalités de terrain et des spécificités des filières, aboutisse à rendre la mise en œuvre des stages plus complexe et plus dangereuse", souligne l'organisation dans un communiqué de presse. Suite...

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Are MOOCs Just Moneymaking Scams? Providers Challenged To Substantiate Grandiose Claims

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are MOOCs Just Moneymaking Scams? Providers Challenged To Substantiate Grandiose Claims
Keith Button, Campus Technology.

So the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education has launched a video and campaign against MOOCs, depicting MOOCs as schemes designed to make money. This follows the release of three working papers  last year "questioning the basic positive assumptions about online education." I will admit, Coursera, Udacity and EdX make good targets. But it doesn't make sense to tar all MOOCs (and all online learning) with the same brush. More on this item at Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, L.A. Times. More...

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Conventional Online Higher Education Will Absorb MOOCs, 2 Reports Say

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Conventional Online Higher Education Will Absorb MOOCs, 2 Reports Say
Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog.

I think that the most interesting thing about this headline is that it asserts that there is such a thing as 'conventional online higher education'. Even a few years ago the words would have choked in the Chronicle headline writer's pen. So the two reports are from Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, which released the Bellwether report, and Teachers College at Columbia University, which released a report cited here the other day. More...

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The MOOC Problem

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The MOOC Problem
Rolin Moe, Hybrid Pedagogy.

Interetsing article about the appropriation of terms like 'MOOC' and '2.0' to support marketing. The author concludes "MOOCs have been sold not only as an agent to democratize education, but also as a necessity because the real crisis is about employment and not learning." But also, this is worth noting: "in reality the MOOC as a learning system has underperformed traditional models and shows no large-scale cost benefit to education providers. More...

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An Alternative Perspective on Group Dynamics

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Alternative Perspective on Group Dynamics
Jenny Mackness.

In this post Jenny Mackness offers a rethink on the need for group formation. "How could it ever be right to not support the weakest member of the group? ... There were some lovely people in our walking group who shared these values, but also some who didn’t seem to understand that in a situation such as walking the West Highland Way, commitment to the group was important." It's an interesting challenge. More...

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Why We Hate Recommending Software Downloads To Our Readers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why We Hate Recommending Software Downloads To Our Readers
Editorial, HowToGeek.

Good article pointing to some of the problems associated with software download sites (and I would add that it's not only freeware - you will be subjected to these scams on pay sites as well). Even good and reliable sites change hads and start doing things like bundling search-hijack services (like Conduit, which actually in stalls software that blocks your attempts to change your search provider back to DuckDuckGo). More...

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