06 juillet 2016

#CALRG16 Lightning presentations – quick topics

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Interesting start using non-text assessments in online courses. Creative non-text artefacts for assessment use. Read more...

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#CALRG methods & findings on Self-Directed Learning in FutureLearn #MOOC #SDL

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. This morning, during the CALRG conference, I shared some slides describing the methods and main findings on informal self-directed learning inside FutureLearn MOOCs. In hindsight, I had better added extra information on my findings, less on the rationale behind the methods. Read more...

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#CALRG Keynote Allison LittleJohn professional and digital learning #liveblog @allisonl

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Allison Littlejohn opened the CALRG conference day focusing on FutureLearn MOOCs. The keynote had two objectives to keynote: showcase work from OU, and encourage at the end the contributions add to the body of knowledge. Read more...

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Where are we going with all of us? What about peace?

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. While typing ferociously to get the phd draft for my promoters done by the end of this week, many violent things have happened in a short period of time (Brussels airport blown up, Orlando night-club shooting, brexit and its resulting discrimination, and now once again Istanbul airport). Each time I told myself: just type, give the world a rest, just keep on typing. And I did. But with this last bombing in Istanbul, I will use my keyboard for 20 minutes of blog reflection on the question that keeps popping up in my mind: where are we going with all of us. Read more...

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More bureaucracy please?

Like businesses, universities often complain about the bureaucracy imposed upon them. Soon there will be an extra layer: the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF). The TEF will have metrics, benchmarks, contextual information and up to 15 pages of ‘provider submission’. From 2019/20 there is also expected to be a discipline-level TEF, adding at least a further two or three pages submission per discipline.
While the sector should welcome the TEF – and the opportunity it offers to demonstrate our high-quality teaching – its bureaucratic implications should give pause for thought. Fortunately, through the ongoing TEF consultation, the sector can express its views. But, worryingly, many seem to be arguing for ‘more bureaucracy please’. More...

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Challenger institutions: A response to the Alternative White Paper

In mid-June, a group of academics published an Alternative White Paper outlining their vision for the future of higher education. Unfortunately, the Alternative White Paper included various misconceptions about alternative providers. More...

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What would PM May mean for HE?

In today’s copy of The Times, Theresa May has an article launching her bid to become Conservative Party Leader and therefore Prime Minister. More...

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Students demand better value for money: Nine-out-of-10 students do not want higher fees

The 2016 Student Academic Experience Survey published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) on Thursday, 9th June 2016 reveals that, while 85% of full-time undergraduates at UK institutions are satisfied with their course, just 37% of them perceive they get good value for money. More...

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A Canadian Accomplishment

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. Often, I think, I am seen as a bit of a downer on Canada.  It goes with the territory: my role in Canadian higher education is i) “the guy who knows what’s going on in other countries and ii) “the guy who pokes the bear”.  So frequently I ending up writing blogs saying why isn’t Canada doing X or wouldn’t it be great if we were more like Y, and people get the impression I’m down on the North. More...

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Ciao for Now

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. So, this is my last blog for the academic year.  For the next couple of months, I may blog occasionally if something interesting happens (but to be honest it would have to be exceptionally interesting to get me writing); you can expect normal service to resume a week or two before Labour Day. More...

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