25 janvier 2017

University completion rates won’t be improved by looking at isolated causes

The ConversationBy . News media are widely reporting on new data released by the government showing that one-third of students starting university in 2009 had not finished their studies within six years. More...

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Should gifted students go to a separate school?

The ConversationBy . Despite two Senate inquiries in 1988 and 2001, it has taken 15 years and a state parliamentary review for the Victorian government to decide to build a specialist high school for students who are gifted, specifically targeting those from rural and regional Victoria. More...

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How plugging into well-connected colleagues can help research fly

The ConversationBy  and . Informal intellectual collaboration is crucial for good social science research. This includes interactions with colleagues to improve a paper before it is sent to a journal. More...

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South African universities won’t change unless mindsets start to shift

The ConversationBy . The start of the academic year is looming in South Africa. The student protests that rocked most public universities’ campuses in 2016 – the second consecutive year of protests – died down long enough for most institutions’ exams to go ahead as usual. But the fundamental conditions that led to the protests are still largely unresolved. More...

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Mobile phones offer a new way for Africa’s students to learn programming

The ConversationBy . It’s not easy for Computer Science students at most universities in Africa to practice and develop their programming skills. They have the ability to program, but access to desktop or laptop computers might be a problem. I experienced this first-hand while teaching programming at a Kenyan university. More...

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South Africa’s universities can do more to make disabled students feel included

The ConversationBy . It’s been a decade since South Africa signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The convention is an international human rights treaty that’s supposed to protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. But not much seems to have changed for South Africans with disabilities since 2007. More...

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Seven academic books that helped to shape modern Britain

The ConversationBy , , and . To celebrate the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books over the course of modern history, seven specialists share the book they believe has been most influential on modern British culture and society, as part of Academic Book Week. More...

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Why learn spelling or maths if there’s an app for that?

The ConversationBy  and . There is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as “flipped” classrooms, mobile-phone-enabled interactions, video capturing of lectures and enhanced mixed realities. More...

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Can British universities make the most of May’s new industrial strategy?

The ConversationBy . This industrial strategy is positive. It recognises that the UK must become more innovative and build on its world-leading science base; that it must develop its skills-base; that it must create the right institutions to bring together sectors and places; and that it must cultivate its world-leading sectors. More...

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Research guild calls for radical improvements to H2020

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities has called for significant increases in European funding through Horizon 2020 and the next Framework Programme, FP9, and improved success rates for applicants, to ensure continued applications and optimal impact. Read more...

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