27 octobre 2014

Nicholas Kristof Made It Official

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. The downgrading of U.S. higher education both as the engine of domestic upward mobility and international influence is official: Nicholas Kristof in this Sunday’s column, “The American Dream is Leaving America,” said so himself. Read more...

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'What Stays in Vegas' and 'Dataclysm'

By Joshua Kim. What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It... by Adam Tanner
Published in September of 2014
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder 
Published in September of 2014.
What do we mean when we talk about big data in higher ed?  What is the deal with putting the qualifier “big” before “data”? Was data ever small? Does talking about BIG DATA make us sound somehow more digitally clued-in?  Academics who think in platforms and ecosystems rather than only in credits and classes?  Like we would be as comfortable at a TED Talk as a Convocation, at SXSW as the ASA?
My approach to achieve Big Data academic cool standing is to try to understand big data in adjacent industries. Read more...

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Secret Service Books Read and Unread

By Joshua Kim. I’m interested in the Secret Service. The logistics of protection (both people and the currency) are endlessly fascinating.  Perhaps it is because the Secret Service is at the top of the law enforcement status hierarchy.
So I’m a natural candidate to read books about the Secret Service.  There are many of these books, and I’ll list them below, but I’m not buying them.  Why not?  The reviews.  The reviews are not that great. Read more...

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"Kidding Ourselves"

By Joshua Kim. How are you deceiving yourself in your higher ed career?
Maybe you, like me, are under the illusion that you are better at persuading your colleagues to accept your arguments than the average academic. 
Or you believe, as I have, that your motivations are purer and your intent more selfless than your colleagues and co-workers. Read more...

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By Joshua Kim. Ian Leslie’s fine new book Curious constitutes an excellent bridge between the two sides of the facts vs. experiences learning debate.  On one side we have a more traditional academic view, in which the assimilation of a body of content (the curriculum) is understood as a necessary foundation for advancement in a particular discipline of study.  On the other we have educators who prioritize experiential and active learning over the transmission of facts. Read more...

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EU students shun Swiss university studies

By Caroline Bishop. According to a statement released by the conference of governments of Western Switzerland (WRK), universities in Romandie have seen a reduction in enrolments by European students of between 11 and 38 percent compared with the autumn semester last year as a direct result of the "negative effects" of the referendum.
Even Switzerland’s two best known universities – the federal institutes of technology in Lausanne and Zurich – have suffered, with European student numbers down 10 percent at EPFZ and 14.4 percent at EPFL. More...

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Historian Faces Lèse-majesté Charge in Thailand

HomeA historian in Thailand is facing lèse-majesté charges, brought by "ultra-royalists," Khaosod English reported. Such charges can lead to serious punishments in Thailand. Sulak Sivaraksa, the historian, faces the charges over comments he made at an academic forum at Thammasat University in which he questioned whether there was evidence behind the story of King Naresuan winning an elephant battle against a Burmese general 400 years ago. Read more...

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Obama on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed

HomeIn an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed. The article looks broadly at President Obama's influence on the federal court system, and touches on affirmative action toward the end of the piece. Read more...

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Quality and 'Non-Institutional' Higher Education

HomeThe Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Presidents' Forum this week released a policy report that explores the potential for an external quality review process for "non-institutional" providers in higher education. This emerging field include companies and nonprofits that offer courses, modules or badges. Most of this sector is online, non-credit and low-cost. Read more...

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Israel to Allow University Admission Without Psychometric Test

HomeIsrael's universities will shift admissions policies so that one-third of students may be admitted without considering of their scores on a national psychometric exam, The Jerusalem Post reported. Instead, those students will be admitted solely based on achievement in high school. Education Minister Shai Piron explained the change this way. Read more...

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