08 décembre 2013

De-Icing the MOOC Research Conference

By Reverend. I am currently sitting in Dallas Fort Worth airport hoping to escape the ice storm that hit Dallas during the MOOC Research conference. Despite the atypical elements, this is one of the best conferneces I’ve been to in a while, right up there with OpenEd (kudos to George Siemens, Amy Collier, and Tanya Joosten for a job well done). The quality of people was amazing and the vibe, as Mike Caulfield already mentioned, was almost dreamlike. I also had the distinct pleasure of finally meeting a number of awesome folks who I’ve been following on the internet for a long while now, in particular Bon StewartMartin Weller and Martin Hawksey. More...

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Bill Gates' Education Nirvana

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. How does this school sound?
    “The mission of __________School is to develop intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous and dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning.

    We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.” Read more...

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Strategy Papers

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Margaret Andrews. For the Strategic Management course I co-teach, we chose one industry and gave each student team an organization within this industry to study from a strategic point of view.  The industry was higher education and the organizations were the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Western Governors University.  Each school had two student teams studying it. Read more...

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T-shirts and hamburgers

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. What follows is a bit fragmented, because my thinking here isn't yet fully integrated. Still, due to events in (and insufficiently in) the news, the subject seems timely.
The subject?  Low wages for workers, and the impacts they have on all of us.
The events?  Recent worker protests against Walmart, upcoming worker protests against McDonalds, and ongoing protests against garment manufacturers in Bangladesh. Read more...

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#NASPA14 Introduces Members' Choice Sessions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. It's no secret that conferences often need themes as vehicles for marketing and focus. However, themes can be limiting and the ever-present "applicability to conference theme" checkbox for reviewers is a hurdle that some submissions can never get past. For their 2014 annual conference, NASPA has decided to add a new type of session to the mix. Dubbed "Members' Choice," these sessions are similar in nature to some of the unsessions from years past. Having lead some of the unsession slots the last few years, I am appreciative that NASPA has maintained some spots for those topics that don't necessarily "fit" the usual "mold" but are still "critical conversations student affairs professionals should be having." Read more...

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Why I'm Not Replacing My iPad

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. This week I changed jobs at my institution. As part of this shift I had to return all of my devices to the team that I was leaving.
One of the devices that I returned was an iPad mini.
The question that I’ve been pondering this week is should I replace the iPad?
I’m typing this post on a new MacBook Air (feels just like the old MacBook Air), and while I wavered a bit between the snazzy 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display there was no doubt that I needed a laptop to do my work. Read more...

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An EdTech Dad on the Campus Tour

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Dear colleges and universities of the world. I will soon be sending you money. 
Daughter #1 will land on your campus in 2015. Daughter #2 in 2017. 
Who should I make the check out to?
While I am not clear what influence I will be able to exert on either daughter’s higher education choice, I am clear on what I will be looking for.
On the campus tours to come I hope to gather the following information. Read more...

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Remembering Your Humanity as a Grad Student

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy GradHacker. I am someone who does the “grad school thing” pretty well. While my time as a grad student over the past four years has certainly been sprinkled with disappointments, my overall experience has been a positive one. I’ve cultivated invaluable relationships with fellow grad students, professors, and mentors; I’ve had opportunities to present my research at professional venues and network with scholars from other institutions; I’ve taught a handful of different undergraduate courses and garnered numerous lessons about how to be a fair and engaged educator. On paper, it all looks pretty good. Read more...

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Collaborate to Advance Your Career

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Katie Shives. I once had a prominent scientist tell me that “it is better to share a cake with others than to eat a cookie alone in the corner” in regards to academic collaboration, and it has stuck with me ever since. Sure, we all did some mandatory group work in undergrad, but that was completely different from a truly professional academic collaboration. In many cases you might not know what your collaborator looks like as everything takes place online, but don’t let this perceived distance fool you. Effective collaborations are some of the most beneficial activities you can engage in, especially early in your career. Read more...

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What if Student Learning Counted in Performance Funding?

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. What if student learning counted as a metric in performance funding? 
Okay, that’s wonky. To translate: right now, many states are either using or considering a formula to determine funding levels for public colleges that would tie funding to “performance” along some prescribed set of measures.  I’ve seen relatively simple proposals, such as funding based simply on the number of graduates, and I’ve seen much more sophisticated and complex ones, such as the multivariate formula that Massachusetts applies now to community colleges. (It doesn’t apply performance funding to UMass, though.  You may draw whatever conclusion about that you wish.) Read more...

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