21 septembre 2019

EEP 2019 Summit Videos Are Up

It took longer than I had hoped, but you can now see most of the Empirical Educator 2019 summit presentations here. (Unfortunately, the videographers didn't capture the last couple of presentations on OpenSimon.) I'll return to these after I finish my series on digital curricular materials design, but in the meantime, the talks are available for your enjoyment. More...

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The Affordances of Content Design

An unbelievable number of words have been written about the technology affordances of courseware—progress indicators, nudges, analytics, adaptive algorithms, and so on. But what seems to have gone completely unnoticed in all this analysis is that the quiet revolution in the design of educational content that makes all of these affordances possible. It is invisible to professional course designers because it is like the air they breathe. They take it for granted, and nobody outside of their domain asks them what they're doing or why. It's invisible to everybody else because nobody talks about it. We are distracted by the technology bells and whistle. But make no mistake: There would be no fancy courseware technology without this change in content design. It is the key to everything. Once you understand it, suddenly the technology possibilities and limitations become much clearer. More...

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Chapter 8.7.d Emerging technologies: conclusion and summary

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . Section 8.7 has looked at three very different emerging technologies: serious games; immersive technologies; and artificial intelligence. Each has the potential profoundly to influence teaching and learning in a digital age.
Both serious games and immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality will be extremely valuable in ‘niche’ areas of teaching and learning. They both have the potential to develop some of the higher order learning skills of problem solving, analysis, intuitive thinking, and creative thinking, and also can be used to develop affective skills, such as empathy. More...

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Pourquoi si peu de femmes dans la recherche française ?

The ConversationL’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes dans le domaine de la recherche et de l’innovation figure parmi les principes majeurs du projet européen. Un défi primordial car si au départ les femmes sont plus diplômées de l’enseignement supérieur que les hommes parmi les 25 à 34 ans de l’Union européenne, la proportion d’hommes scientifiques ou ingénieurs dans la population active dépasse largement la proportion des femmes. Plus...

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Managing Class Sizes (Part 2)

Let’s start with the question of the benefits of small classes.  There is a massive amount of literature on this, most of which is pretty iffy methodologically.  There are a couple of reasons for this. More...

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Managing Class Sizes (Part 1)

One of the things that many people misunderstand about higher education is the way the economics of classrooms actually work; in particular about the relationship between enrolments, teaching complements, teaching loads, and class sizes. Today and tomorrow, I want to tease these out a bit. More...

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Developments in Ontario’s Performance-Based Financing System

Good morning all. Today, the CD Howe Institute is releasing a paper I wrote on Performance-Based Financing (PBF) called Funding for Results in Higher Education. It’s a quick tour through the various ways that performance-based financing works around the world—in France, Germany, Scandinavia, as well as the United States—as well as some analysis of what we know of the PBF scheme that Ontario is theoretically implementing over the next couple of years. More...

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Sagas and Plots

Late last year I wrote about Burton Clark and the notion of “organizational sagas” ; that is, the stories people in organizations (in this case, universities and colleges) tell themselves about the organization they belong to and the way these stories turn into a kind of shared history.  Knowing these stories is a way of understanding not just how members of a community understand their shared history, it’s also a guide to the way they understand success. More...

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Honing the University Party’s Growth Agenda

It’s election season, and so everyone is trotting out promises and coming up with manifestos. These manifestos are lists of specific promised policy initiatives, but they are also – implicitly – a description of how a political party sees the world – how it conceives of a better society and what steps it thinks are needed to get there. More...

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White Elephant #1: Race matters: Addressing competing inequalities in higher education

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"The year 2019 marks 20 years since the publication of the Macpherson report (1999). The Macpherson report was published as a result of an inquiry on the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. Macpherson defined institutional racism as follows:

The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.

Current scholarship on race in UK higher education consistently highlights the pervasiveness of institutional racism, which persists despite the presence of equality and diversity policies and the 2010 Equalities Act. Institutional racism works in overt and covert ways. More...

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