24 janvier 2016

How Ghana’s universities are trying to open the doors of learning

The ConversationBy . Thirty years ago, there was really only one way to be a university student in Ghana: finish school, enrol as a full-time candidate and dedicate yourself entirely to your studies.
There were barely any opportunities for those who were already working and wanted to study part time. Pregnant women, elderly people, those with disabilities and others who were ill and could not easily reach a physical campus stood little chance of ever going to university. More...

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Why is English so hard to learn?

The ConversationBy . The prime minister, David Cameron, wants more Muslim women in the UK to be taught English to reduce segregation between different linguistic communities and even limit the lure of extremism.
Most of us who have tried it probably feel that learning a new language is difficult, even if that new language is similar to our own. So how difficult is it to learn English and especially if your first language is quite different?
The difficulty of learning a new language will depend on how similar that language is to one you already know. Despite English speakers often rating certain languages as being particularly difficult – languages such as French, which indicate the gender of nouns with articles like le and la, and the Chinese writing system – there are similarities between these languages. More...

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Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream: the role for higher education

The ConversationBy , , and . Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse, and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.

Yet waiting and whispering, rather than raising their voices for genuine inclusion, is what many seem to expect of the children and grandchildren of King’s generation even today. More...

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Confessions of a MOOC professor: three things I learned and two things I worry about

The ConversationBy . We have heard a lot of talk about MOOCs, or massive online open courses, over the last couple of years. On the plus side, MOOCs often draw enormous enrollments and are easy to sign up for and use; all you need, it seems, is an Internet connection and an interest to learn. More...

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At UC San Diego, retired professors are mentoring first-generation college students

The ConversationBy . As a student in the 1950s, I had never heard of the word “mentor.” In retrospect, as a first-generation college student, I would have really been helped by having a “mentor,” especially with regard to choosing a career. More...

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Norway, Russia and Luxembourg take the lead for being the cheapest countries in the world to be a student

Résultats de recherche d'images pour « independent.co.uk »By Aftab Ali. According to travel money company FAIRFX, Norway has emerged as being the most affordable nation in the world to with an average annual cost of just £2,188 - based on average annual tuition fees and living costs - in relation to the top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
Russia has come second - with a yearly amount of £4,450 - followed by Luxembourg where students will require an average annual amount of £4,739 to get by. More...

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Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access

https://p1.storage.canalblog.com/16/83/1154600/108712022.pngBy Declan Butler. The Netherlands is leading what it hopes will be a pan-European effort in 2016 to push scholarly publishers towards open-access (OA) business models: making more papers free for all users as soon as they are published. More...

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How much does it cost you to register at a South African university?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "timeslive.co.za logo"By Ashleigh Furlong. UCT requires the largest upfront payment of the universities surveyed, with South African students having to fork out R21,500 for tuition (or their full fees if they are lower than this figure) by 5 February. Non-South African students, who do not have permanent residence but pay local fees such as students from a SADC country, must pay an additional R3,275 admin fee. More...

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Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship?

http://static.bbci.co.uk/frameworks/barlesque/2.5.10/desktop/3.5/img/blq-blocks_grey_alpha.pngBy Matt Pickles. Are we "losing knowledge" because of the growing dominance of English as the language of higher education and research?
Attend any international academic conference and the discussion is likely to be conducted in English. For anyone wanting to share research, English has become the medium for study, writing and teaching. More...

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India is top target for online universities

http://static.bbci.co.uk/frameworks/barlesque/2.5.10/desktop/3.5/img/blq-blocks_grey_alpha.pngBy Sean Coughlan. India, with its huge education-hungry population, is the prime target of one of the world's biggest online university providers. 
Coursera, with 17 million registered students and free online courses from 140 universities, wants to be part of India's drive to expand access to higher education. More...

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