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UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program | Inside Higher Ed

UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system for new sustainable agriculture program | Inside Higher Ed | Academics Today | Scoop.it
I am in love with the badges idea. What matters the most in the workplace is skills. Skills translate to productive, contributing employees. Degrees are good, but all too often programs are riddled with obstacles and gaps created by the bureaucracy of college administration and government. The proof is in the employers' disappointment with grads. severly lacking communication and critical thinking skills. I like the idea of formally acknowledging smaller compencies, which can standalone or be used in tandem with degrees. I would be so pleased to see a country-wide adoption of this. It could provide students with greater choices in selecting a school. A badge is earned in such a short period of time that if a student is disatisfied with their experience they can select a different institution for additional work without the red tape of transferring credits. Greater competition between universities has the potential to force prices down and quality up.
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Universities See Promise in ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses

Universities See Promise in ‘Disruptive’ Online Courses | Academics Today | Scoop.it
The head of Maryland's university system on Wednesday said higher education needs to embrace disruptive technologies such as massive online courses in an effort to serve more students and contain costs.
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I feel quite conflicted about this. While I fully support MOOCs and the value they bring to the public, I believe Kirwan is short-sighted here. Yes, you are providing cost-effective courses, and that is a pro, but for no academic credit? Who wants to put in the work to complete a degree program for no credit, and no degree? How does that serve the individual? It is pathetic to assert that faculty will lose jobs and just need to deal with it, so that the public cannot get college degrees.  That's a steep price to pay for a viable alternative to higher education.

 

I think a better approach is to find where can we meet in the middle. How can higher ed. provide a quality, cost-effective, degree which holds value in the work force?

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Cursive handwriting: Seven states fight for cursive writing in school (+video)

Cursive handwriting: Seven states fight for cursive writing in school (+video) | Academics Today | Scoop.it
Cursive handwriting: In the digital age, has good handwriting become obsolete? Why seven states are fighting to return cursive writing to the Common Core curriculum.
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I suppose that because you can't measure penmanship on a standardized test, that did need to go, right?

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What's your major? And you chose that just to make money, right?

What's your major? And you chose that just to make money, right? | Academics Today | Scoop.it
Nearly one-third of this year's freshmen class plans to major in something that doesn't match their interests, according to a study released this month.
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I couldn't be in more agreement here. It is very wise to select a major that reflects promising career prospects. Many of us would love to pursue four years of art history, theatre, music, French literature, or whatever our hearts' desire. None the less, at some point the bill comes due and the real world calls. What good is your degree at Starbucks?

 

Selecting a major is a very hard choice. Students need to find something they are interested in, and reflects their abilities. In the future, I suspect we will see a surge skill-based education. Don't laugh. Plumbers do well these days.

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Study finds no impact on student success from having adjunct instructors | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds no impact on student success from having adjunct instructors | Inside Higher Ed | Academics Today | Scoop.it
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I think there are some major flaws here. First of all, low graduation rates at community colleges are not necessarily correlated with the skill or status of faculty. Many students go to community colleges to learn a particular skill, not necessarily earn a degree. Additionally, many younger students take advantage of the affordability of community colleges for core requirements before transferring to other four-year institutions.

 

Part-time instructors are certainly not synonymous with sub-par. Many bring wonderful expertise from their professional backgrounds, while others aspire to work full-time in academics. What can negatively impact an instructor’s success rate is how they are treated by the institution. Low wages, no health coverage, and often times abusive hours and requirements by the employer are par for the course. This is not acceptable.

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Student sues school for $1.3 million after receiving C grade

Student sues school for $1.3 million after receiving C grade | Academics Today | Scoop.it
Megan Thode received a C in a class so she sued the University for $1.3 million. Both sides are waiting for appeal decision and thinking about Supreme Court.
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It's a scary world when so many disagreements are settled by the justice system. I can see the instructor's point of view that a student who is disruptive and unprofessional does not deserve participation credit, on the other hand, if the student did attend every class and participate, it is hard to make an argument that no credit is warranted.  None the less, it also seems very unprofessional to sue when things don't go your way. I have to wonder, will potential employers see her as a liability?

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Academic Publishing Panel

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“Publish or perish” is a phrase we often hear in relation to tenure, but a sparse job market glutted with applicants has brought it down to the graduate level. As Lehigh’s Dean of the College of Ar...

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Publishing and conferences are an insane labyrinth of tedium. There are some of us who really enjoy this kind of work. For others it can be a hellish experience. 

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Federal Debt Collectors Get Tough with College Grads

Federal Debt Collectors Get Tough with College Grads | Academics Today | Scoop.it
As student debt is elevated to a nation crisis, the feds have become very aggressive—some might say abusive—about fighting bankruptcy cases from distressed borrowers.
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Student loan debt is becoming an enormous problem, and there are many guilty culprits as to why. I fully support much greater transparency on the part of college. Students are entitled to know the completion rates of programs, employment opportunities and rates, as well as to be advised, honestly and thoroughly, on rather their chosen degree program is a good fit for their personal goals.

 

Students should also be given up front and realistic information about student loan debt and what they are taking on. I remember I had to take out a student loan my last semester of undergrad. I had to attend an exit seminar on repayment during the last week of classes. Three students left the room in tears when they realized their payments would be more than $1000 a month. If a student's financial background and chosen degree program indicate the student will struggle financially with the loan, they should be adivsed, up front. Sometimes students need to hear the hard truth-- this is not the school for you.

Conversely, students need a reality check when it comes to college. Be practical and consider your long-term goals. College is an expensive place to figure out what career path you want to explore. Affordability and quality are key, not big names, and certainly not "experiences" like ammenities and luxury dorms. No one wants to be paying off a student loan in retirement. Furthermore, too many students see loans as easy money and use it for living and personal expenses, creating a never-ending debt cycle.

 

This is really scary stuff.

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Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds

Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds | Academics Today | Scoop.it
Short quizzes at the start of each class increased attendance and performance, an experiment showed.
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This is very interesting. I have long maintained that competency is should be the required outcome in every course. I believe that grades are misleading. Many times institutional pressures/ procedures, uniformed rubrics and the like can skew a grade one way or another. Furthermore, at the undergraduate level, how important are grades? When a student finishes ENGL101, what he or she needs to know is how to write an essay and use the library. Of what importance is it if the student accomplished this with an A or C, if they have they have mastered the learning outcomes? I think we all should examine what we can do better to impart skills and knowledge over awarding grades.

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Higher Ed Must Lock Down Data Security - InformationWeek

Higher Ed Must Lock Down Data Security - InformationWeek | Academics Today | Scoop.it
Higher education rivals only the healthcare industry in housing personally identifiable data. Consider these tactics for smart planning.
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I am absolutely in favor of much, much more stringent requirements for information security. Colleges, healthcare, and corporations alike should be forced to protect the information they collect. If they chose to store this data online or in digital format, then it must be protected, at all costs. If there is a breech, organizations need to be held accountable. It is pathetic that our own goverment has not set a good example of info. sec.

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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. | Academics Today | Scoop.it
More colleges are finding the social media posts of their applicants — and sometimes denying admission as a result.
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It is unfortunate that we live in a time when everything you write, say, or do has the potential to be imortalized on the internet, where nothing ever goes away. Why aren't we teaching young people about the rules of professionalism early on? When you put your life out there on the internet, you allow yourself to come under scrutiny by potential employers, colleges, and even potential dates. It is important to use technology to highlight the best parts of the self. Be intelligent and clever, share ideas worth discussing.

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Google defeats authors in U.S. book-scanning lawsuit

Google defeats authors in U.S. book-scanning lawsuit | Academics Today | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc on Thursday won dismissal of a long-running lawsuit by authors who accused the Internet search company of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without...
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I have been extremely frustrated with the publishing industry's slow migration to digital materials. In fact, I am presently writing my own textbook because Broadview Press refuses to make my present textbook availbale as an ebook. 

 

I will gladly pay for the works I use, but when they are not available in electronic format, it can make locating the correct things next to impossible. Horray for Google!

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The dangers of shooting off your mouth on controversial topics (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

The dangers of shooting off your mouth on controversial topics (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Academics Today | Scoop.it
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One of the things that perplexes me most about our modern society is that we will endless defend the right to free speech, only when we agree with the idea. This is absolutely contradictory to the notion of free speech, which allows for those with other ideas to have a platform to speak. If we only allow the popular ideas and viewpoints of the majority to be discussed then we absolutely will lose the power to discuss other ideas. This would strip away the power of the citizen to speak of injustice or affect social change. It's a dangerous practice.
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Don't Quit Striving Towards Your Writing Goals

Don't Quit Striving Towards Your Writing Goals | Academics Today | Scoop.it
For the last few weeks I have desperately needed a change of pace, and have been trying to plot out a new direction for CommuniCATE in 2014. I have destroyed parts of a brand new, very expensive di...
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Writing is a life long process. We are never finished in developing our skills. At times, we all go through periods of immense frustration and road blocks, but it is also in these moments that we learn the most.
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