05 janvier 2014

5 EdTech Vendor Hopes for 2014

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. What are your edtech vendor hopes and wishes for 2014? Here are a few of my own:
Hope #1. That Higher Ed Decision Makers Insist That EdTech Vendors Get More Transparent in Their Pricing:
Do you know how much your school is paying for your LMS, your lecture capture system, your e-mail, your media management platform? Can you quickly compare prices across different vendors?  
The answers to all these questions is most likely “no”. Read more...

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7 EdTech Assumptions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Our IHE community may disagree on many things, but the one thing we seem to agree on is the wisdom of our own thinking.
Read the pieces on Views, Blog U, and the Comments on IHE and you don’t get the impression that our community suffers overmuch from self-doubt.
We seem to understand how to judge quality in higher ed.
We appear to know exactly why costs are high (or not high), why faculty have too much (or too little) power, and why too many (or too few) PhDs remain underemployed.
We know what makes a great course (online, residential, or blended), and how we should (or should not) measure learning. Read more...

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Friday Fragments

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. Snow days for the first couple of days back after vacation are an odd treat. After the October storm a few years ago, I’m relatively content with any storm that leaves the power on. The unexpected time has given me a chance to work on some longer-term writing, which is nice. It has also forced me to deal with the mixed blessing that the appearance of writing on a laptop is indistinguishable from the appearance of goofing off on the internet. Read more...

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ASAP and Volatility

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. When the Atlantic decided to tell us how to escape the “community college trap,” I had to look. It’s the same part of my mind that makes me smell the milk even though I know it’s spoiled.  Nothing good is likely to come of it, but curiosity is a force in itself. The article wasn’t nearly as awful as its title suggested. It was largely a profile of the ASAP program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. ASAP has improved student retention rates by being remarkably prescriptive about what students do. They have to enroll full-time, for example, and every student gets an “intrusive” advisor who functions as something between a truant officer and a personal trainer. Read more...

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Loan Monitor Is Accused of Ruthless Tactics on Student Debt

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/nytlogo152x23.gifBy Natalie Kitroeff. Stacy Jorgensen fought her way through pancreatic cancer. But her struggle was just beginning. Before she became ill, Ms. Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans. As her payments piled up along with medical bills, she took the unusual step of filing for bankruptcy, requiring legal proof of “undue hardship.” More...

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Colorado Clears Professor to Teach Deviance Course Again

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgFollowing a vote by the leaders of the sociology department, the University of Colorado at Boulder says that Patricia Adler is clear to return to teaching her popular course on deviance. Adler has been warned last month that she needed to stop teaching the course because of concerns raised by administrators about a classroom exercise in which some assistant teaching assistants dressed as different types of prostitutes. The university gave a series of conflicting reasons for the concern about the course, which had been taught for years, with strong student reviews. Eventually, the university said that if Adler's course was reviewed, she could teach it again, and that review process is now complete. Read more...

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A Dangerous Policy

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Frank D. LoMonte. For decades, the Supreme Court has kept vigil over the campuses of state universities as, in the words of one memorable 1995 ruling, "peculiarly the marketplace for ideas." No opinion, the Supreme Court has emphasized, is too challenging or unsettling that it can be banned from the college classroom. Forget the classroom – professors today are fortunate if they can be safe from punishment for an unkind word posted from a home computer on a personal, off-campus blog. The Kansas Board of Regents triggered academic-freedom alarm bells across America last month with a hastily adopted revision to university personnel policies that makes “improper use of social media” grounds for discipline up to and including termination. Read more...

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Badging From Within

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Paul Fain. The University of California at Davis is creating what may be higher education’s most promising digital badge system. But the badges are no threat to the university’s degrees. They’re add-ons – perhaps valuable ones for students.
“Badges can tell a different story,” says Joanna Normoyle, the experiential and digital media learning coordinator at the university’s Agricultural Sustainability Institute. She says they allow students to “differentiate themselves and tell a narrative.” Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:20 - - Permalien [#]

Full Access

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. After four years of legal battles, a hearing-impaired student has won the court order he sought to force Creighton University's medical school to provide specific accommodations that he says will allow him to succeed academically. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp on Friday ordered Creighton to provide Michael S. Argenyi with Communication Access Real-time Transcription (CART) and sign-supported oral interpreters. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:19 - - Permalien [#]

Big Test for Common App

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Scott Jaschik. The early decision deadlines of many colleges this fall grew confusing and chaotic -- to applicants and colleges alike -- when glitches in a new version of the Common Application resulted in system crashes that made it impossible for many to complete applications. Many colleges pushed back their deadlines and college counselors tried to calm anxious applicants and parents. Read more...

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