16 février 2014

Intelligent designs for public education

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy Jonathan Thon - The Black Hole. Early in February 2014, a member of the South Dakota State Legislature submitted a bill for consideration that would prohibit administrators of public schools in South Dakota from reprimanding teachers who chose to teach their students about intelligent design in the science classroom. South Dakota is not the first place where such bills have been introduced. However, teaching of intelligent design has largely been outlawed after the Kitzmiller v. Dover case in 2005 which ruled that intelligent design was, in effect, biblical creationism in disguise. More...

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Emotion should not rule over reason in politics

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. Do you follow emotion over reason – your heart over your head? Behavioural scientists recognize these as dual cognitive processes and the reality is that we use both in our everyday lives to cope with the world around us. However, in politics specifically, in the past 30 years or so, there is no question that emotion has been favoured over reason, and that’s not a good thing, according to Joseph Heath, director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto and a professor in both the school of public policy and governance, and the department of philosophy. His argument takes a bit of explaining – bear with me. More...

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The chubby professor

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Alan MacEachern. It's time for a workout.
Most of the time I can manage my Truman Show delusion, my sense that I am the oblivious subject of a wildly popular television show capturing every moment of my existence (A+, maybe, or Best Prof Evs). But occasionally, when I walk across campus, it flares up. The extras – students – are just so suspiciously, uniformly good-looking. They have perfect skin, they carry themselves with such energy and poise, and even in shuffly boots, sweatpants and shapeless t-shirts they are well-proportioned, toned and fit. Did I just see a film crew reflected in that window?
I admit to occasionally being irritated by how much time and energy university students devote to working out, especially when another would-be Tatum Channing (or whatever box-headed, 12-packed football stripper the kids are watching these days) comes into my office to ask for an extension. More...

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The rise of energy humanities

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman. Breaking the impasse.
We’ve become all too familiar with bad news stories about the fate of the humanities. Whether as a result of student desires for an education that translates directly into a career or aggressive actions by governments that look only to the bottom line, many have begun to imagine that the 21st century might be the time when the humanities wither and disappear. More...

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USask investment course teaches students how to play the stock market

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Jennifer Lewington. Student-run fund pays an academic dividend.
Profit, curiously, is not what defines a student-run investment portfolio for the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business. Sure, to the delight of its student managers, the $775,000-plus fund outperformed a key stock market index in 2013. But, in running the fund, undergraduate commerce students earn course credits for demonstrated leadership, teamwork, research and communication skills – not for the rise and fall of stocks and bonds. More...

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Federal budget strengthens university research with new funding

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Peggy Berkowitz. Universities are pleased and grateful for research commitments.
University research was a big winner in a federal budget that kept its promise to offer modest spending increases overall at a time of restrained economic growth for Canada. The $1.5 billion awarded to a new research excellence fund over 10 years is the centrepiece of several research funding commitments in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2014 budget, tabled in Parliament Feb. 11. The budget also raised the base budgets of the three major federal research granting councils by $37 million, mainly for untargeted research, and gave a $9-million boost to the program that contributes to universities’ indirect costs of doing research. More...

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Canada’s new anti-spam law could pose challenges for universities

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Rosanna Tamburri. Universities and other charities received a limited exemption to the law. 
Universities are grappling with how to comply with provisions of Canada’s new anti-spam law that will prohibit unsolicited electronic messages such as emails and texts. The law, set to come into force on July 1, is meant to crack down on unwanted spam and to protect consumers from harassment, identity theft, spyware and fraud, said Industry Minister James Moore when he announced the regulations. Parliament passed the bill in 2010 and the federal government announced final regulations implementing the law this past December. More...

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There Is No Demand for Higher Education

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. The champions of MOOCs and other digitally-mediated mass produced education often speak of the “necessity” of transitioning to this model because of all of the increasingly onerous expense of traditional higher ed and unmet demand for education. Clay Shirky believes the need is dire, “The reason to bet on the spread of large-scale low-cost education isn’t the increased supply of new technologies.[1] It’s the massive demand for education, which our existing institutions are increasingly unable to handle. That demand will go somewhere.”
I don’t mean to pick on Shirky specifically (I did that already). Read more...

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What a Hookah Taught Me About Higher Education

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/law.jpgBy Tracy Mitrano. February 7 and 8, AUB sponsored a conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  I, together with three U.S. colleagues: Charles Bazerman, James Fredericks Volkweim, and Milton Cox, probably learned more than we taught from the experience of working with faculty, staff and students from both AUB and their colleagues at the Lebanese American University. Read more...

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Ready or Not, Change is Coming

By Marni Baker Stein. Of all the systemic challenges facing higher education today, one has not received the attention it deserves: The sweeping transformation of the student markets we serve. Our colleges and universities continue to organize their schedules, policies, services, and curricular pathways around traditional students, although a substantial majority, even in the 18-to-24 year old segment, do not fit this profile. A large and growing percentage of post-secondary students work full-time while attending school. Others serve as family caregivers. Some balance both. Read more...

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