19 septembre 2015

The University As Ed Tech Startup: UMUC, Global Campus, Texas, and SNHU roll their own

By . Today the University of Maryland University Campus (UMUC) announced its plans to spin off their Office of Analytics into a separate for-profit ed tech company. More...

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17% Of Community Colleges Are Not Included In College Scorecard

By . In addition to the highly-misleading usage of ‘first-time full-time’ qualification for official graduate rates reported in the College Scorecard, there appears to be another major issue with the data. In particular, the Education Department (ED) is using a questionable method of determining whether an institution is degree-granting rather than relying on the IPEDS data source. More...

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Does extra education pay off? Nearly one in four university-educated Canadians reported going back to school

Résultats de recherche d'images pour « nationalpost.com »By Monika Warzecha. As of March 2014, there were 1.5 million people with a university degree in Canada who reported going back to school and completing completing a diploma, certificate or another university degree of an equal or lower level. According to Statistics Canada data released Friday, that’s nearly one in four of all the people in Canada who are university-educated. Read more...

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NASA shows the world its 20-year virtual reality experiment to train astronauts: The inside story

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. NASA shows the world its 20-year virtual reality experiment to train astronauts: The inside story
Erin Carson, Tech Republic, 2015/09/17
This is a terrific article on NASA's use of virtual reality to train astronauts. A lot of the focus of VR is on skills training, but the article makes it clear that one of it's key roles is to give the astronauts a feeling of familiarity with the environment and to help them develop the right intuitions for working in a weightless environment. More...

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New Program Will Make Free OnlineTextbooks Available to Manitoba Post-Secondary Students: Minister Allum

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Program Will Make Free OnlineTextbooks Available to Manitoba Post-Secondary Students: Minister Allum
Press Release, Government of Manitoba, 2015/09/17
Some good news from my former home province of Manitoba: "Post-secondary students will soon benefit from access to a free online textbook library thanks to the province’s new Open Textbook Initiative, Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum announced today. More...

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Student Builds Clock, Is Cuffed for Bomb Hoax, and Ends Up Invited to White House

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Student Builds Clock, Is Cuffed for Bomb Hoax, and Ends Up Invited to White House
Peter Baker, Christine Hauser, New York Times, 2015/09/16
It actually says in the New York Times that the boy who built a clock will not be charged. That must be a huge relief. On the bright side, he is being invited to the White House - a totally appropriate and necessary response to an unthinking and prejudiced action that could have left permanent scars. More...

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13 septembre 2015

Experts dismiss account of apparent student massacre

Mexico's official account of the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 students last year does not add up, a team of international experts said recently, citing deep flaws in the government's investigation and dismissing its claims that the victims were incinerated in a garbage dump, writes Lizbeth Diaz for Reuters. Read more...

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Higher Education Reform Is Reliant on Government Bodies

Evolllution Logo, click to return to homepageBy Thomas Lindsay - Evolllution. As the presidential nomination races for both the Democratic and Republican parties get underway, public higher education has once again emerged as a topic of interest and debate. The role of elected officials in the oversight of higher education is regularly evolving and changing, but today but state and federal government bodies have a great deal of sway in the management of postsecondary institutions. More...

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Obama trying to boost free community college plan

eCampus NewsBy Nancy Benac. With his plan for two years of free community college stalled in Congress, President Barack Obama is trying to put more oomph behind state and local programs that provide what he’s been unable to offer nationally. More...

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Things Are Looking Up (Policy-wise)!

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. First, two sides of the Hillary Clinton coin. One side is that she has made a serious proposal for higher education reform. Although attention to higher education has increased in the political arena for some time now, Clinton’s proposal strikes me as the most serious. Whether you like her or not, a serious proposal for access to higher education breaks the “public policy” barrier. Read more...

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