16 août 2013

Tying it all together. Excellence, mobility, funding and the social dimension in higher education

http://www.aca-secretariat.be/fileadmin/templates/2009/images/logosmall.jpgBy Bernd Wächter, Queenie (K.H.) Lam and Irina Ferencz (eds.). Bonn: Lemmens, 2012. ISBN 978-3-86856-006-0. Internationalisation and international mobility, inclusiveness, excellence and funding are themes high on the higher education agenda. There is no shortage of literature on them, and there are conferences galore devoted to them. But they are usually dealt with in isolation, which leads to a distorting ‘single issue’ view of higher education. This book – and the conference it emerged from – tried to avoid this mistake.
The book looks at the ‘inter-relationships’ between the four themes. Can a socially inclusive and responsible university also achieve academic excellence? Can only rich universities be truly international, or do universities become rich through internationalisation? Is excellence possible without strong funding, or does it presuppose it? These are only some of questions which this volume addresses. The ten contributions developed out of presentations given at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). The production of this book, as well as the above-mentioned conference, represent the outputs of the project The European university in the 21st century. Reconciling the social dimension, excellence, internationalisation and sustainable funding (EUSEIF), supported by the European Commission in the framework of its Lifelong Learning Programme.

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Just released - HEP 26/2

http://www.iau-aiu.net/sites/all/themes/iauaiu/images/iau-en-e-small.pngThe latest edition of Higher Education Policy (HEP) is a multi-themed edition containing the following articles:
Regulating Cross-border Higher Education: A Case Study of the United States - Jason E Lane, Kevin Kinser and Daniel Knox;
Academic Drift in Dutch Non-University Higher Education Evaluated: A Staff Perspective – Didi M E Griffioen and Uulkje de Jong;
Higher Education Policy Reform in Ethiopia: The Representation of the Problem of Gender Inequality - Tebeje Molla;
Seeding Change through International University Partnerships: The MIT-Portugal Program as a Driver of Internationalization, Networking, and Innovation - Sebastian M Pfotenhauer, Joshua S Jacobs, Julio A Pertuze, Dava J Newman and Daniel T Roos;
Governance and Institutional Autonomy: Governing and Governance in Portuguese Higher Education – António Magalhães, Amélia Veiga, Filipa Ribeiro and Alberto Amaral;
Scope and Determinants of the ‘Third Role’ of Higher Education Institutions in Germany - Henning Kroll, Esther Schricke and Thomas Stahlecker.
This issue also presents two book reviews on Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education, written by Rachel Brooks and Johanna Waters, and The Evaluative State, Institutional Autonomy and Re-Engineering Higher Education in Europe: The Prince and His Pleasure, written by Guy Neave.
For more information, abstracts and ordering, please visit the Journal’s homepage on Palgrave Macmillan's website.

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RUSC - Universities and Knowledge Society Journal

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/elearning_papers.pngRUSC - Universities and Knowledge Society Journal, is an e-journal coedited by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona) and the University of New England (Australia).
Vol 10, No 2 (published in July 2013) has a special section focusing on the outlook and challenges for education and technology in Mexico and Latin America. This section has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Educación a Distancia (National Distance Education System, SINED) and was coordinated by professors Margarita Ontiveros (SINED, Mexico) and José Raúl Canay (University of Santiago de Compos­tela, Spain).
In addition, the issue contains 10 research articles, 6 of which are by authors from Latin American universities. It can therefore be said that this issue clearly focuses on the analysis of education and technology in Latin America. Download.

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28 juillet 2013

Why are you publishing?

By Jo VanEvery. Everyone knows that you have to publish. And yet, many academics struggle. Even if you don’t struggle with the actual writing, you may find it hard to submit your work. Sometimes your fears about submitting lead you to publish in not quite the right places, affecting your ability to secure a tenure-track job, a grant, or a promotion. Read more...

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17 juillet 2013

Students Prefer Print for Serious Academic Reading

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Sara Grossman. E-reader use is on the rise, and the textbook market is shifting toward customizable digital products. Are students ditching print in favor of electronic alternatives for their academic reading? A forthcoming small study from the City University of New York asked that question and found that, like previous generations, at least some Millennials still prefer reading long texts and academic selections in print. Read more...

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30 juin 2013

Computers & Writing Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/profhacker-nameplate.gifBy Anastasia Salter. Earlier this month, I was at the Computers & Writing conference in Frostburg, which is always an interesting space for thinking about computers and pedagogy. This week’s readings are inspired by some of those ongoing conversations, particularly as we continue to debate MOOCs and consider alternative forms for presenting scholarship. Read more...

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Fixing bridges, building new ones

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education. The annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses featured a plenary session on three big ideas for publishers to think about, namely copyright, public intellectuals, and new business models. But the biggest idea explored during the conference, which ended last Saturday, was a simple one: advocacy. Read more...

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16 juin 2013

Open Praxis volume 5 issue 2

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/cover_issue_3_en_US.pngOpen Praxis is an online magazine published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) which aims to be an open forum for global collaboration and discussion of issues in the practice of distance and e-learning, focusing on research and innovation on open education and learning.
Volume 5, No 2 of Open Praxis, published in June 2013, includes the following  articles:
The use and production of OER & OCW in teaching in South African higher education institutions (Case Study), by Igor Lesko
Pedagogical quality enrichment in OER based courseware: Guiding principles, by Pradeep Kumar Misra
The Openness of the University of the Philippines Open University: Issues and Prospects, by Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza
From resistance to acceptance and use of technology in academia, by Sofia Matrosova Khalil
Comparing communities of inquiry of Portuguese higher education students: one for all or one for each?, by Jose António Moreira, António Gomes Ferreira, Ana Cristina Almeida
Networked curricula: fostering transnational partnership in open and distance learning, by María Luz Cacheiro-González, Patricia Mata-Benito, George Ubachs
Review of A-VIEW 3.5 software, by Mandar Lakshmikant Bhanushe

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02 juin 2013

Publishers with questionable practices prey on academics

By Rosanna Tamburri. Canadian researchers are being inundated with offers to publish their work by dubious online publishers. Faculty members say they are being bombarded with spam emails from dubious publishers of online academic journals soliciting contributions for articles or inviting them to review manuscripts and sit on editorial boards. Some publishers even send personalized emails to professors, praising their earlier published work and inviting them to submit an article. Scholars who do so are then charged article-processing fees that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
“It’s a growing concern,” said Steven Liss, vice-principal, research, at Queen’s University who receives these types of emails at least once a week. A recent “ridiculous” one offered to feature a paper, which he had previously written and published elsewhere, on its website for $35. “The best solution in my opinion is to hit the delete button,” he said. Read more...

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26 mai 2013

Publishers triumph in court ruling on ‘copy shops’

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Raghavendra Verma. An Indian court has thrown out an attempt by a student organisation to allow private campus-based photocopying shops to create bound, near-complete copies of course books, in a case that may have set a national precedent. On 25 April, the Delhi High Court rejected an appeal by the Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge, or ASEAK, to overturn an August 2012 decision preventing a photocopy shop in the University of Delhi’s school of economics from undertaking this work. Specifically, it had been told not to make course packs including a ‘substantial portion’ of books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis. Read more...

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