19 mars 2017

Recommended Reading: WCET Survey Report and Tony Bates Commentary

By . WCET released its survey results on the price and costs of online education last week, focusing on US higher education, and it has caused quite a stir due to the headline, first-look analysis. More...

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New NBER Study on Online Education is Deeply Flawed

By . It shows how much they and taxpayers paid for the education and how their earnings changed as a result. I compute both private returns-on-investment (ROIs) and social ROIs, which are relevant for governments—especially the federal government. More...

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One More Thing on NBER Report: Where did pre-2011 data come from?

By . Earlier today I critiqued the new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report on the “The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education”, calling it “a hot mess that that conflates online students, enrollments, programs, institutions and uses a bizarre and misleading data set for its analysis”. More...

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Recommended Reading: IHE coverage of NBER paper and critiques

By . For those following my two recent posts about the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper claiming to analyze “The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education”, there are two articles I recommend for broader coverage – both from Inside Higher Ed. More...

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Why Ed Tech Will Fail to Transform Education (for Now)

By . A while back, I wrote a post arguing that algorithm-based ed tech like learning analytics and adaptive learning will not sell well as long as educators do not have the mathematical and scientific literacies necessary to understand the rationale and limitations of the ways in which the software makes evaluations. More...

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Recommended Reading: Signs of Restraint in the Analytics Hype Machine

By O'Neal Spicer. Mike Sharkey’s recent post on the Blackboard blog site, “Analytics isn’t a thing,” triggered by an epiphany he had while reading the latest NMC Horizon Report, suggests that we might finally be seeing a maturation in the much-hyped analytics space. More...

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Small Wheat Grains Swell Into Big Controversy

By Tarek Abd El-Galil. In highly publicized experiments, Egyptian researchers say they may be able to double the country’s wheat production by squeezing two growing seasons into a year. More...

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Syrian Academics Get Secure Jobs in Turkey

By Sabah Hamamou. Turkish universities in regions bordering Syria have begun hiring Syrian academics to teach the Syrian refugee students who have enrolled in Turkish universities since 2015. More...

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Arab Universities and MOOCs: Cautious Cooperation

By Sabah Hamamou. Hoping to learn a programming language without any financial cost or any need to stick to a certain schedule, Imad al-Din Nassar, an engineering student at Alexandria University’s Department of Production and Industrial Engineering, took a “massive open online course” on the topic in Arabic provided by Edraak, a MOOC platform. More...

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Bahrain Protects Its Archaeological Heritage

By Benjamin Plackett. The Qal’at al-Bahrain—also known as the Fort of Bahrain—is a cavernous complex of ruins layered one on top of the other. Its cross-sections display some 4,000 years of the island’s history, from the early Dilmun civilization to the Islamic and modern periods. Various invaders, from the Portuguese to the Persians, have also left their traces. More...

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