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UK universities 'face online threat'

UK universities 'face online threat' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, a report warns.

 

"Complacent" British universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, says a report into the future of higher education.

Sir Michael Barber, chief education adviser for Pearson, says online courses will be a "threat and opportunity" for the UK's universities.

This "avalanche" could see some middle-ranking universities closing, he says.

"There are too many universities doing the same thing," says Sir Michael.

The report, An Avalanche is Coming, argues that higher education faces an unpredictable global revolution, driven by the impact of the rise in online universities.

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EU universities’ entry models for the Chinese education market

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With the changes taking place for many EU universities internationalisation has become the top priority on their agendas and they are interested in finding opportunities how to achieve their internationalisation goals and make use of the possibilities internationalisation has to offer. To achieve these goals universities often set their focus on emerging markets in Asia and in particular China. Universities see great potential in the Chinese education market because of its size and the growth potential.


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University leaders protest at 'disastrous neglect' of postgraduates

University leaders protest at 'disastrous neglect' of postgraduates | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Complaint comes as research councils revealed to have withdrawn from supporting taught master's degrees
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Time for institutions to put their money where their mouths are, methinks.

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The Holy Grail of learning outcomes - University World News

The Holy Grail of learning outcomes - University World News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The search for the Holy Grail one-size-fits-all test to measure learning gains started in the US with the Collegiate Learning Assessment, but the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) wants to take it global.

One of the most important is the Generic Strand, which depends on the administration of a version of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to gauge ‘generic skills’ and competences of students at the beginning and close to the end of a bachelor degree programme.

 

This includes the desire to measure a student’s progression in “critical thinking, the ability to generate fresh ideas, and the practical application of theory”, along with “ease in written communication, leadership ability, and the ability to work in a group etc.”.

OECD leaders claim the resulting data will be a tool for the following purposes:

Universities will be able to assess and improve their teaching.Students will be able to make better choices in selecting institutions – assuming that the results are somehow made available publicly.Policy-makers will be assured that the considerable amounts spent on higher education are spent well.Employers will know better if the skills of the graduates entering the job market match their needs.

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Changing Higher Education: Creativity

Changing Higher Education: Creativity | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Major changes occurring in the world are redefining the metrics of excellence for higher education.

This is a continuation of Creativity and the Research University
II. The creative faculty

The issues are different here from those encountered in looking at student creativity, because we are dealing with a class of accomplished scholars who have already shown capacity for creativity. Thus the environment in which the faculty work becomes a critical determinant of whether or not they can reach their creative potential.

Amabile describes some of the environmental conditions that help to promote creativity. Among them are:

stability of employment - this lowers attention to problems not related to the main tasks of research and teachinglow bureaucracy - similarly, this enables faculty to keep their attention on the important thingsencourage rational intellectual risk taking, accept failureencourage interdisciplinary conversations - this help connections into different networks of knowledgeexpectations high but reasonablerewards not controlling - faculty choice in tasks, methods

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East Asia universities 'gain ground'

East Asia universities 'gain ground' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Universities in East Asia are gaining ground on their western counterparts, according to the latest university rankings.
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No surprises there, then.

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Online Universities: Why They Still Don't Measure Up

Online Universities: Why They Still Don't Measure Up | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
"I hate to sound like a snob, but call me back when Harvard Business School offers an online MBA."

 

Academia is not like the business world, in which an online startup can trounce an established business by building in the cloud and delivering commodity goods with less overhead. Reputation and consistency matter when building trust in hard-to-quantify-results. Ironically, innovation, lower costs, inclusion and reduced barriers to entry can actually hurt the prestige of online schools. One of the key functions of a selective college is to do some pre-sorting of applicants: "if you got into Yale you must be smart." Giant online schools that accept pretty much everyone may be democratizing education, but they're not helping employers or anyone else separate out the best and the brightest.

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While the article is overwhelmingly USA focussed, there are salient points in here that are worth reviewing.

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Cloudworks, a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences.

Cloudworks, a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences. | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

An Open University initiative, it's an interesting centralised [cloud based] resource for people to share all manner of learning, research, teaching related ideas, experiences and information.

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Creativity and the Research University - Changing Higher Education

Creativity and the Research University - Changing Higher Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The world is obviously in considerable turmoil at the moment, and predictability is in shorter supply than usual. The role of the US in the world is changing rapidly, and we must struggle to maintain our competitiveness in many dimensions....
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