01 décembre 2019

MOOCs and student data privacy: a sentiment analysis

Are you still with me as I plough through the special edition on learning analytics from the journal Distance Education? I hope so. I hope this isn’t too boring for you but at least I am persistent. I am determined to get a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of learning analytics. More...

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Program Development in Oman: An Inclusive Approach

The result of broad consensus led to a core program covering English language and communications skills with optional specializations such as literature, creative writing, drama and film studies, linguistics, and intercultural communication. More...

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Using learning analytics to predict mastery: a flawed concept?

I’m slogging my way through the special issue on learning analytics in Distance Education, a subscription-only journal, because what is happening in this field is important but mostly wrong in its approach to teaching and learning. More...

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PSE in Alberta – Part 2

By Alex Usher. Let’s start with tuition fees.  For the last quarter-century or so, Alberta has stayed pretty close to the Canadian average.  Until 2013-14 it was above the average; since then, it has been below.  But the gap was never that big either way. More...

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PSE in Alberta – Part 1

By Alex Usher. The first thing you need to understand about Alberta is the massively outsized space that the University of Alberta has historically occupied in the province.  Alberta was very quick to establish a university – it did so ahead of both Saskatchewan (which, prior to WWI, was considered the more dynamic of the two 1905 accession provinces) and British Columbia. More...

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Beyond the Student Choice Initiative

By Alex Usher. Last Thursday, the Ontario Superior Court struck down the Ford Government’s “Student Choice Initiative”, a program of voluntary student-unionism (VSU) it imposed last January (see here for a refresher).  The court decision is here.  It’s a full defeat for the provincial government, the policy is declared void, but it’s unclear if and how student organizations will be compensated for lost revenue from the fall term. More...

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Time Horizons for Strategic Plans

By Alex Usher. One of the oddest conventions in strategic planning – in higher education, anyway – is that Strategic Plans should last for five years.  I know of no reason why five years is considered a standard length of measurement other than that when Stalin decided to resume planning in 1928 after the “pause” of the New Economic Policy and the defeat of his left-wing opponents Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev, he decided to do so in five-year increments. More...

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Strategic Planning for Ambiguous Organizations

By Alex Usher. I have been doing a fair bit of strategic planning work recently and one mantra that people like repeating when it comes this kind of exercise is “we’re not like a business, so we can’t plan like a business”.  I get why people say this, but they’re wrong.  Or rather, they’re right, but not for the reasons they think. More...

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The Making of the Modern University

By Alex Usher. I have spent a godawful amount of time on planes this week, going to Malawi and back for a meeting concerning the African Centres of Excellence project.  It’s given me a lot of time to catch up on reading. More...

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That Universities Canada Equity Study

By Alex Usher. Those of you with minds like steel traps may remember that two years ago Universities Canada issued a set of Principles on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Not only did they release a set of principles, but also an Action Plan which among other things promised a shiny new survey and “making quantitative data available for benchmarking and comparative analysis”.  Cool, huh. More...

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