08 décembre 2013

Disappointing Expectations

By Liz Koblyk. While the rewards of work can certainly outshine the challenges, sometimes the challenges take centre stage. This week, a normally calm, philosophical friend put a giant mock grin on her face and asked, in a game show host voice, “How many people am I disappointing right now?” Read more...

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Canada’s PISA results: what you need to know

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, released today the results of its fifth survey of the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science (with a particular focus on mathematics this time around) in 65 countries and economies. The 2012 survey tested over half a million students, including 21,000 Canadians from 900 schools. It’s a heck of a lot of data to wade through and no doubt policy analysts will be doing just that for weeks, combing through the results in detail and pondering their implications. How did Canada do? It depends on who you ask. According to the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, this latest report “shows high levels of achievement by Canadian students.” (For more detail, the CMEC has prepared an entire 89-page report on the latest findings, Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study.) More...

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We need to assess student literacy skills

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Nicholas Dion and Vicky Maldonado. While the benefits of strong literacy skills are well established, there is growing concern that Canadians’ reading and writing skills, including those of students attending postsecondary institutions in Ontario, are not meeting expectations. This is especially worrisome given that strong literacy skills are critical to students as they graduate into a highly competitive and increasingly globalized labour market. More...

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Can you reinvent yourself mid-career?

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Alan MacEachern. It turns out that reinvention is hard. You’d think I would have known that, since I teach at Western. In 2012, “the University of Western Ontario” rebranded to “Western University.” It was a change that seemed destined to satisfy everyone. Teenage would-be students from around the world would find it sleeker and easier to Google. Sentimental centenarians would be impressed that we were reclaiming the name we had held until 1923. Everyone in-between would be fine. More...

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Library mergers and purges, a sign of the times

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Jesse B. Staniforth. Universities are centralizing libraries and weeding out collections as they save space with digital collections and make more room for people to work together. McGill University says it didn’t close its Life Sciences Library. Instead, it says that it simply moved its low-use physical collection to other areas of campus. According to numerous librarians and other members of library staff who opposed the change, however, the relocation of physical holdings to another library 10 minutes away (and also to the university gymnasium building) is tantamount to closure. Three weeks before the September 1 start date for the move, administrators of the Facebook group “Save the McGill Life Sciences Library from closure” (with over 1,500 supporters) published a eulogy for the library that ended, dramatically, with “Rest in Peace.” More...

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A culture of philanthropy takes root in Quebec’s francophone universities

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Marie Lambert-Chan. A culture of philanthropy takes root in Quebec’s francophone universities. 
Five hundred million dollars. This figure represents Université de Montréal’s ambitious objective for its major fundraising campaign, undoubtedly the loftiest goal in the history of Quebec’s francophone universities. For its part, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières collected $27 million in donations, $7 million more than its target; and Université de Sherbrooke expects to exceed its internal fundraising campaign objective of $10 million, or fully 40 percent more than the sum of donations collected only five years ago. More...

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Two Cheers for Unpaid Internships

Slate.frBy Matthew Yglesias. America needs more on-the-job learning, not less. With unemployment sky-high, working-class wages in long-term stagnation, and climate change spiraling out of control, America’s social reformers have hit upon a strange cause: the plight of the aspiring young professional doing an unpaid internship. A June court ruling that an unpaid intern on the film Black Swan was owed back pay has given the movement substantial momentum, and Labor Day saw the launch of the Fair Pay Campaign, a move to ban unpaid internships in the United States. And indeed, many current internships would seem to violate the rules laid out in the Fair Labor Standards Act, including that the experience be “similar to training which would be given in an educational environment” and that the “employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern.” More...

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Directory of Potential Strategic MOOC Partners for HBCUs and Virtual HBCUs

By The Gateway's HBCU. HBCUs and strategic alliances of HBCUs ("virtual HBCUs") can engage online service providers as strategic partners to help them launch massive open online courses, a/k/a MOOCs. A list of some of the nation's most prominent providers of support services for MOOCs that have been engaged by HBCUs and non-HBCUs as strategic partners appears in Table 1 (below). More...

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2014, a Good Year for HBCUs and Virtual HBCUs to (Quietly) Flip and MOOC

By The Gateway's HBCU. As the year 2013 winds to a close, the Academic Old Guard has lulled itself into an inertial stupor, convinced that the last two years' discussions of the pending MOOC "revolution" in higher education were just the blatherings of ambitious con-men, a noisy media vaudeville that would fade away if ignored for long enough, leaving things as they were before, as they were meant to be in this best of all possible worlds, with the (mostly white) sages firmly entrenched on center stages, technology relegated to its proper place inside but on the outer fringes of the classrooms, and the Old Guard's preferred, self-serving solutions to the persistent achievement gaps between white and underperforming minority students back at the top of the national agenda, i.e., more funding for more (mostly white) instructors. More...

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Questions About Teaching and Learning Centers

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Today is the first day of my new gig as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at our Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL). 
Over the next weeks and months I’ll be sharing with you what I am learning in this new role, and of course asking for your advice and counsel. Read more...

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