15 juin 2014

We Need to Destroy the 'Grit Narrative'

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. I woke up this morning at 5:30am and started thinking about “grit.” I was probably even thinking about “grit” in my sleep.
I was thinking about “grit” because I’m not quite done gnawing on the conversational bone started by my previous post on the subject. I’d figured some things out for myself, but I clearly had more to sort through. Read more...

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Second thoughts atop a ladder

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. My last post tried to explain how housepainting and  sustainability overlap, or at least how my experiences of them do.  What I wrote was all true, but it really didn't get to the point because, truth be told, I hadn't really figured out what the point was yet.  Maybe I still haven't, but I think I'm getting closer. One observation that will seem trivial at first, but which points in the right direction:  I'd always thought of "conditioned reflexes" as something that hockey goalies have, or maybe badminton playersRead more...

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4 Questions for Unizin

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. You have you been spending some time on unizin.org - reading through Brad and James' Why Unizin? blog post, and trying to parse the FAQ. You have read Carl’s article Unizin Unveiled, have absorbed what Michael, Michael, and Phil have said about Unizin (while anxiously awaiting their next now that Unizin is launched) - and yet you still wonder if you understand enough to even ask the right questions. Read more...

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A College Bookstore Q&A

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. A couple months ago I wrote a post called College Bookstores Should Not Have Cosmetics Counters.
Lots of people responded to my post with the observation that I don’t seem to know too much about college bookstores. (Or possibly much of anything about anything).
Hopefully that will change today, as Laura Martinez Massie, Public Affairs Manager for NACS (the National Association of College Stores) has graciously agreed to answer all my questions. Read more...

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The Library Isn't Flat

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. One thing that a faculty member said a few weeks ago when we were discussing threshold concepts may have actually been a threshold concept for me. These concepts are the ones that are troublesome, irreversible, integrative, and transformative. It takes you a while to wrap your head around them, and they may disturb the way you think about the world, but they can also change the way you think about the world in some profound way. This new insight of mine may not seem all that profound, but it put a burr under my intellectual saddle and is really making me think. She said that Google seems to flatten knowledge. Read more...

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7 Apps for Cataloguing Your Home Library

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Emily VanBuren. Summer is just around the corner, and I’ve been drawing up a list of all the things I’d like to accomplish before next academic year. It’s a fine time to relax, to step back and reassess my existing workflow, and to reorganize. One of the projects I’m trying this summer? Cataloging my own library. Read more...

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Learning R

By Andrea Zellner. I have recently dedicated myself to learning R, a programming language and environment for focusing largely on statistical analysis and computing. The benefit of using R over other statistical computing packages is that it is free, open-source, and has a hugely active community around its use.  R can be used cross-platform  (PCs, Macs, and Linux)  and is incredibly robust and versatile. Read more...

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Distance Education Groups Criticize State Authorization Proposal

HomeA trio of distance education advocates is pressing the U.S. Department of Education to scale back its proposal that would require online programs to be overseen by regulators in each and every state in which they enroll students. In a letter sent Friday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the groups warn that the Department of Education’s most recent draft of a “state authorization” rule would, if enacted, lead to “large-scale disruption, confusion and higher costs for students in the short-term” with no long-term benefit. Read more...

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Employability Is Our Job

HomeBy Wendy Purcell. Universities, as seats of learning and powerhouses of research, are stepping up to assume a new role. In the wake of a global financial meltdown and consequent challenges to the fabric of many societies, universities are emerging as powerful catalysts and indeed drivers of socioeconomic growth – not only through research or technology transfer, but by assuming responsibility for preparing students for jobs in delivering today’s highly skilled workers and tomorrow’s innovators and leaders of industry. Read more...

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Data, Data Everywhere

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Massive open online course providers are collecting troves of data about their students, but what good is it if researchers can't use the information?
The MOOC Research Initiative formally released its results on Monday, six months after researchers met in Arlington, Texas, to brief one another on initial findings. Read more...

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