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Foreign students 'feel less welcome'

Foreign students 'feel less welcome' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
More than half of overseas students in the UK say they have felt "less welcome" because of policies to cut migration, a survey suggests.

 

A survey of more than 500 overseas students across 105 institutions showed 52% had a negative perception of the attempts to cut migration numbers.

 

Almost half of North American students in the UK shared this concern.

Universities have campaigned to have students counted separately from headline migration figures.

 

Business Secretary Vince Cable recently said that the UK's "torrid" debate on immigration risked damaging the economically valuable recruitment of overseas students.

 

He warned of the "public panic" over migrant numbers and how it could adversely affect overseas students.

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Technology brings postgrads in from the cold

Technology brings postgrads in from the cold | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Smartphones and laptops mean students on field trips can interact with universities

 

A postgraduate student is on a field trip to the Orkney Islands collecting data for her PhD in cultural heritage. She checks her RSS feed on her smart phone over breakfast, honing in on the most relevant reports from hundreds of professional journals and blogs that she follows.

 

Her working day begins with a Skype meeting with supervisors in Leicester and Glasgow. Together they edit an article via Google Docs. She then publishes a blog via Wordpress, which she uses to share and test ideas-in-progress with peers and experts worldwide. Some critically appraise her thoughts, linking their own knowledge and research. She tweets about her blog, asking for ideas.

 

She shares her data with research team members via data storage Dropbox. She uploads a video of her field excursion to one of the most remote islands on YouTube, alongside other clips she's archiving for her dissertation.

 

This is a model postgraduate, employing technology to the full, according to Prof Allison Littlejohn, director of the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Cloud schools offer new education

Cloud schools offer new education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Educators at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh outline their vision for future learning.

 

Children in developing countries could educate themselves using computers, the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh has been told.

Prof Sugata Mitra was outlining details of the first "school in the cloud".

While there would be an online adult moderator at times, the pupils would largely organise themselves, he said.

 

Meanwhile, an MIT professor laid out his vision of bringing the very best university education to some of the poorest parts of the world.

Prof Anant Agarwai already has one million students enrolled in his online school, edX, an online platform offering courses from some of the highest-profile universities.

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Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless

Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Why advice about revising might need to be revised.

 

Revision charts, highlighter pens and sticky notes around the room are some of the methods people use to ensure information stays in their mind.

But now psychologists in the US warn many favourite revision techniques will not lead to exam success.

 

Universities, schools and colleges offer students a variety of ways to help them remember the content of their courses and get good grades.

These include re-reading notes, summarising them and highlighting the important points.

 

Others involve testing knowledge and using mnemonics - ways of helping recall facts and lists, or creating visual representations of the knowledge.

But teachers do not know enough about how memory works and therefore which techniques are most effective, according to Prof John Dunlovsky, of Kent State University.

 

 

He and his colleagues reviewed 1,000 scientific studies looking at 10 of the most popular revision strategies.

They found that eight out of 10 did not work, or even hindered learning.

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CDS BusinessStudies's curator insight, March 1, 12:04 PM

Take note of the 'HOW THE TECHNIQUES FARED' - ensure to embed the highly effective techniques! 

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Intl scholarship puts China on the map: chinadaily.com.cn

Intl scholarship puts China on the map: chinadaily.com.cn | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Tsinghua University announced on Sunday the launch of an international postgraduate program to train potential global leaders, with the aim of developing young talents' understanding of China.

 

The program, called the Schwarzman Scholars, will provide full financial support to 200 students each year, who will come from all over the world to attend a one-year program in Beijing.

 

There will be 100 students in the first class, which will start in fall 2016. It will expand to 200 students a year from 2017.

The program will be taught in English by top scholars from all around the world. Each student will have a Chinese mentor.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to visit rural China and gain a broader experience of the country, said Li Daokun, dean of the program.

Initially, four disciplines will be provided, including public policy, economics and business as well as international relations.

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Will handwriting survive the iPad?

Will handwriting survive the iPad? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Could interactive technology cause a drop in the number of individuals able to write by hand?

 

As interactive technology becomes ubiquitous around the globe, some experts warn that formal handwriting may soon diminish, rendering the penmanship a relic of the past.

Fears of handwriting's demise prompted North Carolina Congresswoman Pat Hurley to draft a bill, mandating that script be taught in all elementary schools in the state. It passed unanimously in the state House earlier this month.

 

But Jeffrey Reaser, associate professor of linguistics at North Carolina State University, says a sense of "nostalgia" is not enough reason to force students to learn something that's "not crucial to their education".

Clive Hilton's insight:

Intuitively, the assertion that handwriting is 'not crucial to education' could be missing the deeper and more relevant point that it might be crucial to learning and understanding - which are not the same thing at all!

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Children of Blind Mothers Learn New Modes of Communication | Wired Science | Wired.com

Children of Blind Mothers Learn New Modes of Communication | Wired Science | Wired.com | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
What happens when mom is blind? A new study shows that the children of sightless mothers develop healthy communication skills and can even outstrip the children of parents with normal vision.
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Could 'hacking' change design?

Could 'hacking' change design? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

"Hacking" has become a little-known, but fast-developing trend in the design world, involving online design communities interacting to reinvent and create new objects.

 

The Culture Show's Tom Dyckhoff finds out how it could revolutionise the way products are made.

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Synthesising MOOC completion rates

Synthesising MOOC completion rates | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Via a combination of thinking about 'what makes a successful MOOC?', and looking for a topic for my final project on the Infographics MOOC, I [Katy Jordan, PhD student at The Open University] decided to try to pull together the various statistics ...

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Complicated picture and easy to jump to premature conclusions. Contributory blog comments are well worth reading.

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Thoughtful Change Required…

Thoughtful Change Required… | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The ethical use of digital technology is a challenge. I am not talking here of Internet safety, I am talking here of how aspects are owned and managed.

 

iPads ,Chromebooks, tablets, readers etc introduce teachers and students into “walled gardens” – how many teachers have thought through the implications of who really benefits from what?

Where does teachers and student data exist in the digital space?

Who owns what and where is the server that stores it?

What does free mean?

Free apps, free suites of productivity tools, and so on. What happens when free develops a paid model or “free” simply closes down.What might be done with student and teacher data?

Who has the right to search it?

Who has the right to make money from it?

How will we teach students (and teachers) to protect their data, keep it safe,claim ownership of it and indeed make money from it should they be so lucky!

How is attribution acknowledged and respected?

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Concerns that anyone ought to be thinking about and not solely in an educational context.

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Adaptive learning could reshape higher ed instruction (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Adaptive learning could reshape higher ed instruction (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Does #AdaptiveLearning promise greater personalization, deeper engagement & stronger outcomes for students? #HE http://t.co/Bm2KgcLRua
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Can computer adaptive learning now really cater for the individual needs of all students? Will it ever?

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Core77.com • View topic - If I Knew Then What I Know (Advice to students)

Advice is cheap, and hindsight is 20-20, but whether you had a great school experience or a crappy one, there's no way that you can come out of a design education without a few bits of advice for those just starting out.

Things like: "Sit in on classes early this semester to find out what courses to register for next semester;" "Go to museums and galleries--fill your brain with with art part to complement the design part;" "If you can afford it, do a semester abroad—you'll remember it more than all your design classes combined."

Clive Hilton's insight:

Some of it's a bit dated, but there are still pearls of wisdom in there.

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How Can We Foster Creativity in China?

How Can We Foster Creativity in China? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Chinese college graduates are less entrepreneurial than their U.S. counterparts.

 

Three of China's most elite universities, Tsinghua and Peking Universities in Beijing, and Fudan University in Shanghai, have created incubator programs to help entrepreneurs develop commercial applications.

 

So what's the solution for entrepreneurship in China? Schools and universities are an important part of the solution; many Chinese perceive their own schools and colleges to be focused on rote learning and not receptive to creativity and critical thinking.  One international business student chose to attend an English language university, run by Britain's Nottingham University, specifically to acquire the "critical thinking" that her uncle says is lacking in Chinese graduates.

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Been saying if for a while now!

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Fears some universities may close

Fears some universities may close | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Some universities may close as a result of political and financial change in the sector, suggests a survey of senior leaders.

 

The study by a management consulting firm predicts further cuts in public funding to universities. Some 60 senior university leaders from across the UK responded to the survey, around a third of the total.

 

"It is clear that we are witnessing a sea-change in the dynamics of higher education", said co-author Mike Boxall.

 

Declining government grants, limits on undergraduate numbers, higher student fees and cuts to research funding have resulted in a dramatic shift in priorities for university leaders, argues the report by PA Consulting.

 

The authors detect signs of a switch among university leaders away from "their historical obsession with outlook for government policy and funding".

Instead the focus is increasingly "the competitive battle for fee-paying students", with a "new imperative" to offer "attractive and rewarding learning experiences", including better student access to academic staff.

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In the Hands of God: Do You Want to Live? - Core77

In the Hands of God: Do You Want to Live? - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

 

In the coming week we'll be publishing posts by frog's researchers drawing on their experience of working for commercial and non-commercial clients in some of the less predictable places of the world: Afghanistan; post-revolution Egypt; Rwanda; Burundi; Brazil, Ethiopia; South Sudan; India and China—the list of countries is extensive, the global insights team ratchet up more than 150 projects a year across industries— financial inclusion, healthcare, automotive, fast moving consumer goods.

 

In this series, the posts are written by Jan Chipchase, Cara Silver and Mark Rolston to coincide with the publication of their new report: In The Hands of God: A Study of Risk and Savings in Afghanistan that explored issues related to the design and adoption of mobile money services. As you might expect from a country at war, Afghanistan is very much an outlier, but as such it can reveal behaviours that are far more difficult to spot elsewhere in much the same way that lead users are different from mainstream users. It's a journey that revealed the best and worst of humanity: from the family bonds, trust, betrayal and even an attempted kidnapping.

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Bauhaus, Modernism & Other Design Movements Explained by New Animated Video Series

Bauhaus, Modernism & Other Design Movements Explained by New Animated Video Series | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Open University has developed a fun way to market their design courses: a series of six short animations called “Design in a Nutshell” that briefly survey important movements in the arts and architecture—from the late-nineteenth century Gothic...
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Modest plug. I was the author on the project.

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Mmmm. I've been advised that this has been the OU's most successful social media project to date. Slightly stunned at the enthusiastic response.
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When Creativity Applications Hamper Creativity | UX Magazine

When Creativity Applications Hamper Creativity | UX Magazine | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Workshop interfaces typically greet users with a blank canvas, requiring them to envision their results in advance. However, as Jakob Nielsen argues, not everyone is a Michelangelo who might readily see a statue hidden in an uncarved marble block. Professional looking templates can help users by providing them with guidance and inspiration.

The problem with these templates, however, is that they are unlikely to provide genuine creative inspiration. As they come bundled with a million copies, by necessity they have to be in line with very common, widely accepted ideas. Although technically well crafted, they are not genuinely creative.

 

Inspiration, as important as it is, does not have to come from templates anyway. It can come from a good book or a walk in the park. Getting inspiration is a very personal experience and while it is always good if an application can do more, it does not need to give inspiration as well. However, it should certainly allow users to get an idea onto the canvas.

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Intelligently reasoned article on the value of designing interfaces that focus on providing pre-configured templates that the user merely adapts or populates versus the blank canvas approach in which all things are possible, but have to be created from scratch.

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Training the brain to improve on new tasks | KurzweilAI

Training the brain to improve on new tasks | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Memory game (credit: Tilanus/Wikimedia Commons)

 

The cornerstone brain-training exercise in this field has been the “n-back” task, a challenging working memory task that requires an individual to mentally juggle several items simultaneously. Participants must remember both the recent stimuli and an increasing number of previous stimuli. These tasks can be adapted to also include an audio component or to remember more than one trait about the stimuli over time — for example, both the color and location of a shape.

Through a number of experiments over the past decade, Susanne Jaeggi of the University of Maryland, College Park, and others have found that participants who train with n-back tasks over the course of approximately a month for about 20 minutes per day get better at the n-back task itself, but also experience “transfer” to other cognitive tasks on which they did not train.

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Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin • The Register

Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin • The Register | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Speaking at a Sydney, Australia, event called “The Future of Higher Education and Skills Training,” Agarwal explained that edX's surveys of students have found they find handwritten material more engaging than PowerPoint slides in the outfit's online courses, even when the handwritten stuff is presented on-screen.

 

The secret to scrawl's success, Agarwal said, is MOOCs' use of a technqiue called “interleaved learning” that offers a few minutes of oratory and then a few minutes of something else, be it an exercise or a session in which slideware shows handwritten notes or a handwritten equation. By changing presentation modes every few minutes, MOOC audiences stay more engaged.

 

Agarwal said edX's student surveys found “80% of students preferred handwriting to PowerPoint.”

“Students say this kind of learning, far be it from making it sound like long distance education, feels more personal,” Agarwal said.

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Evidence of the power of the hand-drawn line, even when that line depicts words and not a hand-drawn image. Wonderful

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How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative

How to Give Effective Feedback, Both Positive and Negative | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
People often hide constructive criticism inside a compliment, and those on the receiving end never hear it. Is there a better way to provide feedback?

 

One experiment surveyed students in beginning-level French classes and advanced-level French literature classes. Participants completed a questionnaire about choosing an instructor. They were asked if they would prefer an instructor who emphasized what students were doing well in class and talked about their strengths, such as when they pronounced new words well, or an instructor who focused mostly on what mistakes they made and how to fix those mistakes.

 

Those who had just started learning the language wanted the positive feedback, while those who had been taking the French classes longer were more interested in hearing about what they did wrong and how to correct it.

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Rethinking Design Thinking - Core77

Rethinking Design Thinking - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Don Norman on design thinking:

"Although I still stick to my major point that design thinking is not an exclusive property of designers—all great innovators have practiced it—I now do believe that designers have a special claim to it. Design thinking has become the hallmark of the modern designer and design studios.

 

Two powerful tools of design thinking summarize the approach: the British Design Council's "Double-Diamond, Diverge-Converge Model of Design"; and the iterative process of Observation, Ideation, Prototype, and Test called "Human-Centered Design." "

 

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In an institution where some are of the view that that designers are little more than 'arty-farty' hairdressers, I'm trying to think of a tactful way of alerting them to a more, erm, constructive way of viewing the role of the thinking designer.

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MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course

MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, we gave you a Visualization of the Big Problem for MOOCs, which comes down to this: low completion rates.
Clive Hilton's insight:

A 3.5% completion rate - wow!

It all appears to come down to the basics: takes too long, lecture fatigue, poorly designed courses, clunky tools - and more.

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US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned

US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Massive open online courses could be hindering the development of open educational resources because they do not allow everyone to contribute to the innovation of content, a conference has heard.

 

Patrick McAndrew, professor of open education at The Open University, said that although some online resources were genuinely open in this way, the best known Mooc platforms - such as Coursera and edX - were not.

 

Speaking at Open Educational Resources 2013, held at the University of Nottingham on 26 and 27 March, he praised the work of platforms such as Peer to Peer University and the OpenCourseWare Consortium for “really being careful to do everything in a way that truly meets criteria of ‘open’”.

“However, a lot of the organisations involved more recently, like [US Mooc providers] Coursera and edX, have not paid so much attention. Often you can’t actually see into the [course] materials until you make a commitment,” he said. “They are creating a sort of closed community in the open.”

Clive Hilton's insight:

Well, I suppose it's good to hear someone finally saying aloud in public what many have been fretting about for yonks.

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New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
A system developed by a joint venture between Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to assess student papers and short written answers, freeing instructors for other tasks.
Clive Hilton's insight:

Ah! The arguments about computers being able to understand such unimportant matters as context, meaning, inference, truth, quality of language, narrative style, clarity, etc. - they can only get more heated.

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Chinese Grads Play It Safe, Lose Out

Chinese Grads Play It Safe, Lose Out | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Amid a glut of new college graduates, young Chinese say they want to work for the government or big state-owned firms, which are seen as recession-proof, rather than the private companies that have powered China's remarkable economic climb.
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