24 mai 2014

Measuring the Future Impact of Mobile Devices on Non-Traditional Learners

The EvoLLLutionBy - EvoLLLution. Adult and non-traditional learners are constantly on the move. Families and professional obligations often times dictate the learning tempo of these students. They may not have the time or resources to physically be on their respective campuses in order to get the services they need. It’s therefore necessary for educators to innovate pathways to keep non-traditional students engaged in their scholarly and extracurricular activities. More...

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Demystifying Data-Driven Approaches: Three Facts

The EvoLLLutionBy  - EvoLLLution. It’s no surprise marketers worldwide are getting more advanced in their approaches toward targeting prospects — potential, current and past customers — and influencers. They’re also actively managing their reputation due to the explosion of social media channels and proliferation of information. More...

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University Graduates With No Hope For Jobs

By . This article is published courtesy of National Yemen, where the article was originally published.
With the beginning of each new year, Yemeni university graduates stand in front of the offices of the civil service hoping to be lucky enough to get a job or to find their names on the lists of people accepted for employment. Hopes quickly dissipate with the lack of job openings compared to the thousands of applicants competing to have a job. Years of suffering, despair, and waiting, many young people stand helpless because of the inability of the state to hire them. More...

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The Professor Is In: The 3 Letters of Recommendation You Must Have

By Karen Kelsky - Chronicle Vitae. I am currently a visiting assistant professor at a regional campus of a state university system. Should I still be including a letter of recommendation from my grad-school advisor in applications? I'm three years out of grad school, and my advisor is great—always updates the letter, takes into account new work I've published, etc—but does it look bad (i.e., too "grad student-y") to rely on an advisor’s letter at this point in my career?
Terrific question. It shows that you are thinking strategically about the market.
The short answer is: Yes, three years out of grad school, it’s fine to have your Ph.D. advisor still write for you. I generally feel that a Ph.D. advisor can safely write for you for about five years, and some people have their advisors write for much longer than that. See more...

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Let's All Stop Worrying About Grade Inflation

By David Gooblar - Chronicle Vitae. This month, all over the country, thousands upon thousands of college instructors are losing sleep over grade inflation. They’ve worked hard all semester to make their students better thinkers and writers with a wider base of knowledge. They’ve done their level best to assess their students’ performance in class fairly and accurately. They’ve devoted many hours to choosing the most appropriate assessment criteria for the their classes’ objectives. And yet, staring at a long list of A’s, A-minuses, and B-pluses, these otherwise confident and self-assured teachers feel real guilt at adding to what is surely the scourge of American education. See more...

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Faculty Refuse to See Themselves as Workers. Why?

By David Perry - Chronicle Vitae. Last month I shared some tips on how to get ready for a teaching position abroad. Now it’s time to talk about how to get settled once you arrive.
At first you'll probably go through a honeymoon period: Everything about your new home will feel lovely and charming. After some time, however, you'll likely experience what the French call dépaysement, the feeling of not being in one's own country. Going abroad—especially if you go by yourself—means being away from the networks of support that family and friends provide. A language barrier and new culture can heighten feelings of isolation, so it's important to look after your own emotional well-being. See more...

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‘There’s a Whole Bunch of Academics Walking Around, Feeling Alone’

By Stacey Patton - Chronicle Vitae. People have this impression that I have a full life. I have a Type A personality, I’m pursuing my Ph.D., I travel, I stay active. But I recognize that I do all this because I don’t want to be one of those people that sits around wallowing in my sadness. I’m good at masking the reality of my loneliness. I keep moving and try to fill that void of not being in a relationship with other stuff. I spend 99 percent of my time alone. To be without someone holding your hand, to go without a kiss, without physical and emotional contact, is devastating. There’s a whole bunch of us academics walking around feeling alone. Being a single academic is an issue I’ve been grappling with for a very long time. See more...

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UK students trailing EU peers on take up of Erasmus exchanges

The ConversationBy Andy Gibbs. The Erasmus+ programme, which aims to boost the number of students and staff studying and working abroad across the European Union, started on January 1 2014. It will provide €14bn to 33 countries over the next seven years. The money will be used to fund students and staff to undertake education and training opportunities overseas, with an estimated €940m set to go to the UK. More...

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Will the UK follow Australia in ratcheting up student fees?

The ConversationBy Simon Marginson. Australia’s decision to uncap university fees, announced in the budget last week, will for the first time expose Australian universities to unfettered market forces. It’s a decision that takes Australia’s higher education system into uncharted territory and precisely how it’s going to play out is difficult to predict. More...

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Are lectures a good way to learn?

The ConversationBy Phillip Dawson. Imagine a future where university enrolment paperwork is accompanied by the statement:

Warning: lectures may stunt your academic performance and increase risk of failure.

Researchers from the United States have just published an exhaustive review and their findings support that warning. They read every available research study comparing traditional lectures with active learning in science, engineering and mathematics. Traditional lecture-based courses are correlated with significantly poorer performance in terms of failure rates and marks. More...

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