15 décembre 2013

Taking stock and measuring well-being

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk. Let me tell you about an exercise that coaches do with clients. The most used coaching text recommends that we use the Wheel of Life, and many coaches use this tool with clients to help them sort out how they’re doing in different areas of their lives. To do it for yourself, draw a big circle, and divide it into 8 or so segments. Name each segment after a different part of your life. For example, you may have physical environment, career, money, health, friends and family, intimacy, personal growth, and recreation. Then shade in as much of each segment of the circle as you rate your life in that area. A bumpy ride, as it were, signifies an unbalanced life, and taking stock can help suggest an agenda for coaching. My own training program offers up the Pillars of a Balanced Life exercise, which is a similar tool that breaks down a life into ten parts, from finances to family to fun. More...

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New study says policies to promote work of women academics aren’t wholly successful

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Marie Lambert-Chan. Researchers compare research output of women academics with men in many disciplines and countries. 
A new study published in the journal Nature has found that in the majority of disciplines, women produce fewer scientific articles than do their male counterparts. This is the case in most countries, with the exception of Lithuania, Ukraine, Macedonia and Turkmenistan. Moreover, fewer female academics are involved in international research projects, and their articles are cited less often, even when they are the lead author. More...

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MOOCs and a Liberal Arts College

By Carol E. Quillen. MOOCs are a potential game-changer in the rapidly evolving landscape of higher education. They can affordably expand access to rigorous, effective curricula otherwise available only to a few. They can enable analytics that will offer insight into how humans learn. They may even strengthen global community and commitment to a shared future. Even leaving aside the work force demands of a technology-driven economy, all those who see educational opportunity as a social justice issue will support the ongoing MOOC experiment. Read more...

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To Market We Go

By Akiba J. Covitz. There is sometimes a moment in admittedly poorly written TV shows when a character says something seemingly totally absurd, along the lines of “If we just put a blonde wig on Jack, Mr. Roper will never know the difference.” The next line will be – or should be – something like: “Wow, I never thought those words would come out of my mouth.” As the world of higher education has rapidly transformed over the last year, we have all found ourselves in just that situation many times over the last year. Read more...

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Why We Will Always Be Learning About Social Media

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, Snapchat, Pinterest, Path, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google+, and WordPress are some of the most-used social media sites/apps. The proliferation of social media sites and services is seemingly endless. At times, I've often thought that we will reach a zenith with our need for learning about social media. It would manifest itself as a Gladwellian tipping point that creates a sense of ubiquity regarding the act of sharing, posting, tweeting, and blogging. However, I think that is more of my own inner bias around the simple fact that teaching social media can be draining. Similar to how introductory writing instructors have to teach the same concepts over and over again, it seems to me that social media 101 are here to stay. Sure, the sites and oddly misspelt site names will change and evolve, but the basics of social media interaction, development, engagement, privacy, and creation will always need to be taught. Read more...

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Benchmarking or Competing?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpgBy Liz Reisberg. The latest PISA results have kicked up quite a storm in Brazil.  I suspect there have been similar responses elsewhere.  The Brazil debate seems to focus on the validity of the data and sample and whether the results capture an accurate picture of the capabilities of Brazilian students. Each time a new ranking is published they “kick up” similar national storms, particularly when a country or university is not happy with where they place on the list. Read more...

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The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Long after the MOOC providers pivot to whatever sustainable business model will come next, we will be enjoying the benefits of the infrastructure that was built to support this particular bubble. This infrastructure is not like that of previous bubbles. It is not fiber (bandwidth) and it is not newly cheap servers, open source databases, and flexible programming languages. Read more...

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Excited and Overwhelmed: First Year Students in the Library

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. It’s always a red-letter day when Project Information Literacy comes out with report. A new one was published earlier this month, and I finally found time to read it. As usual, it’s time well spent, and I will be sending the link around to a lot of people on campus who I know will be interested. Read more...

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From First-Gen College Student to First-Gen Grad Student

By Alicia Peaker and Katie Shives. At my high school, fewer than 10 percent of graduating seniors went on to four-year colleges. I can’t imagine what that number looks like for graduate school. Although first-generation college students are relatively well-studied (though still not well-supported), there is a major lack of research about first-generation grad students (FGGS). All this week we’ve featured posts by grad students who have shared their experiences and strategies for adapting to graduate school as an FGGS. You don’t have to be an FGGS to identify with many of the themes we’ve covered this week (imposter syndrometranslating your work for your family, and more) or to use the strategies each author has laid out. At the same time, first-generation students do face some unique challenges that can affect performance, time-to-completion, and drop-out rates. Read more...

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Are We Not Teaching Assistants?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. Lest we think that concerns over corporate and techno-utopian thinking encroaching on education is overblown, I offer two recent examples. 
Exhibit 1. 
In discussing Georgia Tech’s online master’s program from it’s College of Computing, Dean Zvi Galil described why he sees it as a “MOOC 2.0.” Read more...

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