02 novembre 2015

Growing Criticism of Theory of 'Disruptive Innovation'

HomeClay Christensen, a professor at Harvard University's business school, has since his 1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma been widely acclaimed in the business world for his theory of “disruptive innovation” to explain why upstarts derail established companies. A later book applying the ideas to higher education has led many administrators to feature Christensen at meetings and quote him to promote various ideas about change. Read more...

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Dr. Google, Psy.D.

HomeBy Kevin Anzzolin. The constant cavalcade of spooky tales about Interfolio errors, pernicious search committees and tragic interview mishaps had, in fact, proved detrimental to my psychological health, and ultimately served to substantiate my biggest fear: the academic job market was indeed as bad as it seemed, if not worse. Read more...

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Solving Yesterday's Problems Constrains Tomorrow's Solutions

HomeBy Paul LeBlanc. In a recent letter to the Higher Learning Commission, the largest of the regional accreditors, the Office of the Inspector General offered a scathing review of the commission’s approvals for direct-assessment competency-based education programs. Read more...

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Crucial Higher Ed Issues: The Elevator Speech

HomeBy Carl Strikwerda. A board member recently asked me, “If you can do two-minute elevator speeches on why someone should give a million dollars to the college, why don’t you give me an elevator speech on the biggest challenges facing higher education? Skip the nuance. No laundry list. Just the top six. You have 120 seconds.” Read more...

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Getting What You Pay For

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Putting a project out to bid is typically part of the public works process, since competitive bids tend to drive down the price and ensure fair opportunity for contracts. But should that process be applied to faculty hiring in public higher education. Read more...

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Something Old, Something New

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Finding the right technology is one thing. Finding a place for technology across a university -- and creating the support structures to make sure it is put to good use -- is a whole other challenge, according to the results from this year’s Campus Computing Project survey. Read more...

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Can a Professor Be Forced to Assign a $180 Textbook?

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The choice of a single textbook for one section of a course at one university might seem like a decidedly local issue. But a dispute over whether an academic department may impose such a selection on all faculty members in a multisection course has set off a large debate over how textbook choices should be evaluated, who should select textbooks, whether price should be a factor, and academic freedom. Read more...

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Libertine or Frugal?

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Just why do many students want to live off campus? And does this desire in any way reflect on their morals. Read more...

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Texas University’s Faculty Requests Office-Door Peepholes

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Midwestern State University, in Texas, has offered to retrofit office doors there with peepholes in response to faculty members’ safety concerns arising from campus shootings elsewhere, The Wichitan, a student-run newspaper, reports. More...

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Teaching the next generation: What do they need to learn?

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Paul Attfield. When asked what are the most important skills to encourage young people to develop, two of the Globe’s Executive Pulse panelists – one from academia and one from business – stressed innovation as key to Canada’s future success. Read more...

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