19 octobre 2015

Open learning must support global ethics and development

By Stephen Coan. A “tricky world with pervasive war and tragedy” is nevertheless one that “could see the golden age of open learning”. Read more...

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Education expansion can balance access with equality

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Online education holds promise – and also danger when adopted without transformation, in the name of benefiting everyone who needs it – according to Tressie McMillan Cottom, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. Read more...

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Blending higher education into an uncertain future

By Stephen Coan. “You have got to get good at managing ongoing uncertainty,” was Laura Czerniewicz’s blunt message to higher education leaders at the biennial conference of the International Council for Open and Distance Education. Read more...

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Break down learning barriers to sustainable development

By Karen MacGregor. Boundaries between contact and distance universities are rapidly blurring, and boundaries between institutions and developers of technology-enhanced learning ought to be broken down if both worlds are to benefit from each other’s expertise in the interests of sustainable development, thought leaders told a global conference on open, distance and e-learning. Read more...

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Sharp increase in study abroad grants for students

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, has announced a sharp rise in the number of tertiary students being supported to study abroad with government Endeavour Mobility Grants in 2016. Read more...

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Study abroad hit by economic crisis, survey shows

Nearly two-thirds of Brazilian agents expect to have sent fewer students abroad this year compared to last year, and nine in 10 say the exchange rate and economic crisis are the main influence on this decrease. Read more...

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Government plans sweeping reform of science, HE

By Eugene Vorotnikov. The government of Bulgaria is planning widespread reform in national science and higher education to improve competitiveness in the global arena, with help from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility. Read more...

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Student fees versus transformation at HE summit

By Sharon Dell. The transformation of universities has become a burning issue in South Africa, but is real change possible without adequate student funding? If discussions at the Second National Higher Education Summit held in the coastal city of Durban last week are any indication, it seems unlikely. Read more...

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EU unveils Horizon 2020 two-year work programme

By Brendan O'Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust. The European Commission is to invest almost €16 billion (US$18 billion) in research and innovation in 2016 and 2017 under its Horizon 2020 programme, it was announced last Tuesday. Read more...

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New OECD plan to benchmark the performance of higher education systems

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In a Special Report on the “Higher Education Futures” conference organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, and the Singapore government, Yojana Sharma reports that the OECD has not abandoned its attempts to compare learning outcomes internationally and is planning a new project aimed at benchmarking the performance of higher education systems. She also reports from the conference that China has announced a new scheme, dubbed ‘World Class 2.0’, to ensure that its best universities achieve world-class status, and she writes that the rise of Asia is set to change the bipolar world of higher education dominated by Europe and North America.
In another Special Report from a different part of the globe, Karen MacGregor reports from the world conference of the International Council for Open and Distance Education held in South Africa that the boundaries between institutions and developers of technology-enhanced learning ought to be broken down in the interests of sustainable development. Also, Stephen Coan reports on keynote speaker Laura Czerniewicz’s message that higher education leaders would have to learn to manage uncertainty associated with rapid changes in learning technologies, and Munyaradzi Makoni covers another keynote emphasising that education expansion must balance increased access with greater equality of access.
The Commentary section focuses on rankings this week, with Richard Holmes, who produces the University Ranking Watch blog, arguing that the Times Higher Education rankings’ methodology changes have led to some remarkable fluctuations, questioning their credibility. In contrast, Waldemar Siwinski is very upbeat about the dependability and future of national university rankings, which are on the increase worldwide. Philip G Altbach bemoans the irrationality of contemporary science in which systems of scientific credit have run amok, partly due to the obsession with rankings.
In our World Blog, Anna Notaro urges European universities to become intellectual benefactors in the refugee crisis that has engulfed their continent.
And finally, in Features, Rebecca Warden reports on a gathering of international academics to review the blueprint for the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals on education. Read more...

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