09 mars 2014

Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ

By Steven Mintz. How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. These include the growing embrace of open educational resources and of courses collaboratively designed and developed by teams including content area specialists, educational technologists, and instructional designers. Peer mentoring and grading are becoming more common, as is a gradual shift toward learner-centered pedagogies and competency-based, outcomes-oriented approaches. Read more...

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02 mars 2014

Autism, Hackers, and the Future of Higher Education

By . As a graduate student in Professor Davidson’s “History and Future of Higher Education” course and a teaching assistant in her similarly titled MOOC, I am interacting with more than 17,000 participants online and encountering them in a surprisingly personal way. Recently, a 19-year-old MOOC participant who self-identified as ADHD and a “hacker of his education” wondered in an online forum why we were dealing with higher education specifically. It is a good and valid question, one that resonates with me deeply and personally. I have two sons with autism. More...

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Education in Europe 2020: do targets really matter?

*By David Crosier and Andrea Puhl. "Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes." Kurt Vonnegut
At the centre of Europe 2020 – the EU's main strategy for growth in the current decade – lie two European targets for education. The EU aims to increase tertiary graduation rates to at least 40 % and reduce early school leaving (ESL) rates below 10 % – despite the fact that education remains a national, rather than a European, competence. But if the European Union is not responsible for the policies that may lead to the success or failure in reaching these numbers, are the targets meaningful, or merely symbolic?
The EU's education targets can be understood as setting essential goals for a continent that has the ambition of staying competitive in an increasingly innovative and globalised world. Indeed increasing the number of higher graduates and reducing school dropouts are really rather obvious steps for any knowledge-driven economy. Yet does it really matter to overall economic development if these particular quantitative goals are achieved? A recent article in the Higher Education News suggests that the importance of these targets does not lie in their concrete realisation: “are they meant to be achieved or do they exist as almost arbitrary numbers that only give an indication of the necessity to focus on a particular policy field”. More...

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20 février 2014

Le programme « Horizon 2020 » est lancé à Athènes

AccueilLe nouveau programme européen pour la recherche et l'innovation «Horizon 2020» a été lancé le vendredi 10 janvier 2014 au Centre national de la recherche scientifique « Démocrite ». L'évènement inaugural a été organisé par le Secrétariat général pour la recherche et la technologie dans le cadre de la présidence grecque du Conseil de l'UE pendant le premier semestre 2014.
Le ministre grec de l'Éducation et des Cultes, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, a prononcé une allocution de bienvenue. M. Arvanitopoulos a également eu une séance de travail avec le commissaire européen à la recherche, à l'innovation et à la science, Mme Geoghegan-Quinn. More...

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16 février 2014

Leveling the higher ed playing field with free educational content

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wBy Lynn Russo Whylly. Fourteen years ago, as a Victor E. Cameron professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University in Houston, Richard G. Baraniuk was frustrated that he couldn’t find the ideal book for his class. He knew there were tens of dozens of other professors out there with the same concern, so rather than write a book to suit his own needs, in 1999, he solved a wider audience’s needs by founding Connexions, a platform for making high-quality educational content available for free on the web and at a very low cost in print.
Baraniuk, now Rice’s director of the Connexions and OpenStax initiatives, is UBTech 2014’s keynote speaker on Monday, June 16, where he will talk about “Disruptive Innovation with Open Education.” Through his research in machine learning, he is working to enhance textbooks for OpenStax College, a nonprofit organization supported by Rice that is committed to improving student access to free, quality learning materials. We spoke with Baraniuk about the future of open educational content. More...

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15 février 2014

The survival of Higher Education (5): Recommendations

This is the fifth and final part of my short series of posts on the future of higher education.
In my previous post I discussed the ways technology might help to promote the survival of universities in a time of financial upheaval and disruptive culture.
In this post, I discuss change management and outline some of my recommendations for the adoption of new practices and technologies. More...

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11 février 2014

The next generation of study

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoQTWRsBvjCbs_LMFsFghL7rCYnNTmB1LkWqkyra9lZrNRU1SQGVddb74By Scott Davidson. For those in work looking to improve their career prospects, work-based distance learning degrees may provide the answer, says Professor Scott Davidson. Part-time degree study, once considered the affordable option for long-term career development, was reported last year to have declined forty per cent in the UK since 2011. More...

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09 février 2014

Higher Education, Its Golden Age and Future

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Part I:  Notions of the “Golden Age”
The bookends are before us! Clay Shirky has declared the end of the golden age of higher education http://www.shirky.com/weblog/ while Cathy Davidson is teaching us about the Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.
I don’t know about “golden age” per se, but I agree we are in a new stage.  A historian of higher education, I suspect that probably every age thought of itself as “golden.”   Twelfth century Europe, for example, was a high-water mark for Catholic medieval scholarship.  Ox-bridge education ruled the world when the sun never set on the British Empire. Read more...

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01 février 2014

Horizon 2020 ‘to generate £2 billion in grants’ for UK in first two years

By Holly Else. Commissioner tells academics to ‘get cracking’ on proposals.
The European Commission is expecting UK researchers and businesses to win up to £2 billion in grants over the next two years under its Horizon 2020 funding programme.
Màire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, innovation and science, made the claim at the official launch of the €80 billion (£65.62 billion) research and innovation programme at the Royal Society in London today. More...

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30 janvier 2014

A Future Without Schooling?

Jim ShimabukuroBy Jim Shimabukuro. We might disagree with Sugata Mitra’s SOLE, or Self-Organized Learning Environment, on specific points, and we might say that his arguments may be oversimplified, but it’s tough to disagree with the idea that teaching could be boiled down to an intriguing question, a computer with internet access, and an encouraging adult. In this scenario, schools and teachers are absent. Students, naturally motivated to discover the answers for themselves online, are intermittently cheered on by adults, who don’t teach but simply encourage, and this intervention, if you can call it that, could easily be from a distance via untrained but caring adults. More...

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