MOOC’s and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education

By Jason Lane and Kevin Kinser

We’ve been treated to a rash of stories about how new technological models for higher education raise questions about the viability of the traditional campus. After all, why invest in an elaborate physical plant when virtual education can effectively expand your reach exponentially?

This is of particular interest for global education and multinational universities, as the expense and difficulty of establishing foreign educational outposts may make virtual options seem even more attractive. At this point, though, it’s hard to see how massive open online courses, or MOOC’s, can be the silver bullet to developing globally engaged students or institutions.

Visit: http://chronicle.com/blogs/worldwise/moocs-mass-education-and-the-mcdonaldization-of-higher-education/30536

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Quitting an Adjunct Career

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

By Harvest Moon

It was late-December cold but I put the Miata’s top down for the seven miles of highway separating campus and home. The occasion called for it. I cranked up the volume and sang along to Catherine Wheel’s “Happy Days,” my soundtrack for life’s big moments. Tucked inside my bag was a signed copy of the contract that attached my name to three classes — two sections of intro, one contemporary social issues — in spring 2002. Even as the chair of the department had apologized for the pay, I could not help but feel lucky. I had been given the opportunity to do what I loved: teach sociology. What I would receive in exchange for this seemed almost beside the point.

And like that I began my career as an adjunct.

Visit: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/09/28/essay-ending-career-adjunct#ixzz27tDrGTUa

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Learning Online is not a Spectator Sport: How to Make it Active

September 29, 2012 1 comment

From Online Learning Insights

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” Chickering & Gamson, excerpt from the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, (1987). Principle number three, ‘Good practice encourages active learning.’

Agreed! Studies prove time and again that college students do not learn when listening passively. To clarify further, twenty minutes of listening to a lecture is the maximum amount of time that students can process information effectively according to research cited in Does Active Learning Work, A Review of the Research (Prince, 2004).  The method of lecturing as we know it may be coming to an end. In my last post I examined the concept of active learning, where students are engaged and involved in the learning process. I provided several examples of active learning in college classrooms across the nation that are replacing traditional lectures. But what about active learning in online courses? What does active learning ‘look like’ in a virtual environment when the face-to-face component is missing? This post will provide educators with course design strategies for implementing active learning principles in online environments that will lead to rich learning experiences for students. I’ll also include specific examples of active learning activities in general education courses delivered in the online format.

Visit: http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/learning-online-is-not-a-spectator-sport-how-to-make-it-active/

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25 Best Pinterest Boards in EdTech

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

From Sociable Blog

Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology.  Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow.  While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here.  Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education.

Visit: http://www.sociableblog.com/2012/09/24/pinterest-boards-in-edtech/

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Guiding graduate students for the global workforce

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

By Wagdy Sawahel

Thirty-four higher education leaders from 15 countries have agreed on a set of principles to guide universities and graduate schools in preparing doctoral and masters students to meet the demands of the global workforce and economy.

The International Guidelines Created for Supporting Global Skills and Careers were approved at the Sixth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit, “From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation: Graduate education for global career pathways”, held in Bavaria, Germany, earlier this month.

The conference, organised jointly by the US-based Council of Graduate Schools and the Technische Universität München, included deans and leaders of graduate schools and representatives of national and international associations devoted to graduate education.

Along with Germany and the US, the countries represented were Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong), Denmark, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and South Korea.

Visit: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120921143322858

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Research War on Affirmative Action

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

By Scott Jaschik

With the U.S. Supreme Court about to hear arguments in a case that could decide the fate of affirmative action in admissions, a research war has broken out. Defenders and critics of the consideration of race are releasing new studies (some of which were submitted in briefs to the court) on the impact of affirmative action.

Several studies presented Friday at the Brookings Institution suggested that eliminating the consideration of race would not have as dramatic an effect on minority students as some believe, and that the beneficiaries of affirmative action may in fact achieve less academic success than they would otherwise. The studies were criticized by some present for being one-sided.

Visit: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/24/new-research-questions-assumptions-defenders-affirmative-action#ixzz27RqbWhvB

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Reports Highlight Colleges Where Minority Success Rates Have Soared

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

By Jennifer González

Educational attainment levels for young Americans in minority groups still lag, but a number of institutions are making significant progress toward improving that picture by increasing the number of black and Hispanic students they graduate, according to a pair of new reports from the Education Trust.

The shift is significant because students of color are a growing demographic group, and more of them need to graduate in order for the nation to reach its college-completion goals, the advocacy group says. Graduating also means a fighting chance at decent employment, given that many future jobs will require a postsecondary degree.

The two reports, based on a study called “Advancing to Completion,” list Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Tech University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook among the institutions that had significantly increased graduation rates and closed attainment gaps among their minority-student populations.

Visit: http://chronicle.com/article/Reports-Highlight-Colleges/134560/

Read the report: http://www.edtrust.org/dc/press-room/news/advancing-to-completion  

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