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La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX

La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
À l'occasion de sa Learning Expedition à New York et Boston, fin avril, EducPros est retourné rendre visite à edX. En l'espace d'un an, la plateforme open source de Mooc a multiplié par deux le nombre de ses universités partenaires. Et affiche plus de 4 millions d'utilisateurs. Pour financer son développement, edX mise désormais sur la certification et la formation continue. (...) - EducPros, par Cécile Peltier, 12/05/2015

 

 

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Les États-Unis ne sont plus un modèle

Les États-Unis sont l’un des pays qui consacrent le plus de moyens à l’éducation. Ainsi, en 2015, ils y investissent 2,7% de leur PIB contre 1,6% en moyenne pour les pays de l’OCDE. Pourtant, les Américains sont très loin d’être les individus les plus instruits et les plus brillants de la planète.(...) - vigile.net, par Ludovic Marin, 24 avril 2015

 

 

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Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy

Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
New America COMPETES Act includes host of proposed changes

 

The science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step today in its 2-year effort to reshape federal research policy, introducing a long-awaited and controversial bill that covers the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), research at the Department of Energy (DOE), and federal science education policy. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis & David Malakoff, 15 April 2015

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The Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education

The great under-reported crime against education by corporate America is not the buying and selling of schools by for-profit corporations; that this is a significant threat to education is indubitable and well-documented. But the little-discussed threat to education is the deliberate “hollowing-out” of education from within—i.e. by the philosophy which views education, especially at and up through the community-college level, as preparing students to take jobs in the business world upon their graduation, rather than to learn the art of deepening their distinctly human character by engaging in learning and reflection through courses and content that cannot be bought or sold in the business world, such as philosophy, art, humanities, the history of human cultures, logic and critical thinking, ethical decision-making, etc. (...) - CounterPunch, by Robert Abele, March 25, 2015

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Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists

Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Move aimed at stabilizing biomedical research labs during tight budget times.

 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) plans to test an idea aimed at bringing stability to biomedical research labs: an award to support scientists who want to spend their careers doing research but don’t want to be the harried principal investigator (PI) who runs the lab and chases research grants. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 16 March 2015

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European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals

European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Trade Anxiety

 

European higher education leaders are concerned that two trade agreements currently being negotiated could cast doubt on the ability of national and regional governments to determine the character of their higher education systems.

At issue are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), for which negotiators from the European Union and the United States entered their eighth round of talks this week, and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which is being negotiated between 23 World Trade Organization members, including the E.U. and the U.S. (...) - @insidehighered, by Elizabeth Redden,

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[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding

[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Replenishing Research

 

WASHINGTON -- Science and research advocates welcomed President Obama's 2016 budget proposal Monday, which would give the National Science Foundation a "vigorous, healthy budget," according to its director.

Overall, the president’s budget would increase federal spending on research and development by 5.5 percent across a series of agencies.

(...) - @insidehighered, by Kaithlin Mulhere, February 3, 2015

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White House plan could change relationship between government and higher education

New Higher Ed Federalism

President Obama’s proposal to make community college free could rearrange the relationship between the federal government, states and colleges. (...) - @insidehighered, by Ry Rivard, January 12, 2015

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Un collectif efface une partie de la dette étudiante américaine

Un collectif efface une partie de la dette étudiante américaine | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Des anciens militants du mouvement Occupy Wall Street ont racheté pour plus de 3 millions d’euros de dette étudiante, contractée par près de 3 000 Américains.La dette étudiante représente la deuxième source d’endettement du pays.. (...) - La-Croix.com, par Anaïs Brosseau, 18/09/2014

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U.S. Energy Department to make researchers' papers free

U.S. Energy Department to make researchers' papers free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But portal linking to publishers' websites disappoints open-access advocates.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled its answer to a White House mandate to make the research papers it funds free for anyone to read: a Web portal that will link to full-text papers a year after they're published. Once researchers are up to speed and submitting their manuscripts, that will mean 20,000 to 30,000 new free papers a year on energy research, physics, and other scientific topics. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 4 August 2014

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US: Scripps ends merger talks with USC

US: Scripps ends merger talks with USC | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Faculty revolt seems to have sunk a plan to bail out cash-strapped research institute.

 

The marriage is off. Officials at the Scripps Research Institute announced yesterday that they’ve called off discussions with the University of Southern California (USC) on a possible merger. The two institutions began exploring the idea of partnering last month. But a bitter revolt from Scripps faculty seems to have scuttled the talks. (...) - by Robert F. Service, Science, 10 July 2014

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Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability

Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Employability Is Our Job - Universities, as seats of learning and powerhouses of research, are stepping up to assume a new role. In the wake of a global financial meltdown and consequent challenges to the fabric of many societies, universities are emerging as powerful catalysts and indeed drivers of socioeconomic growth – not only through research or technology transfer, but by assuming responsibility for preparing students for jobs in delivering today’s highly skilled workers and tomorrow’s innovators and leaders of industry. (...) - by Wendy Purcell, Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2014

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Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees

Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The universities minister has called for degree courses to have a major and minor option. But the UK could benefit from adopting other aspects of the US system, says Robert Segal. 

I am finishing my 20th year of teaching in the UK. I came to Lancaster University from my native US in 1994, and in 2006 I left Lancaster for the University of Aberdeen. I was born, raised, and educated in the US. But by now I think I fathom the very different UK conventions. (...) - by Robert Segal, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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New York Connection. L'enseignement supérieur en ébullition

New York Connection. L'enseignement supérieur en ébullition | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un nouveau campus en construction, des start-up en plein boom dans le domaine des EdTech, une pensée design qui se répand... L'enseignement supérieur est en plein renouveau dans la Big Apple. Retour sur ce bouillonnement créatif à la veille du départ de la Learning Expedition organisée par EducPros sur la côte Est des États-Unis. (...) - EducPros, par Sylvie Lecherbonnier, 24/04/2015

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[US] Survey shows participation in online courses growing

SAN ANTONIO -- Distance education at community colleges continues to increase even as overall enrollment at two-year institutions falls. (...) -  InsideHigherEd, by Ashley A. Smith, April 21, 2015

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Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test

Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.

 

Universities in the United States employ many more male scientists than female ones. Men are paid more, and in fields such as mathematics, engineering and economics, they hold the majority of top-level jobs. (...) - Nature, by Boer Deng, 13 April 2015

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NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free

NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As expected, agency will link abstracts to papers on journals’ websites.

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released a long-anticipated policy that will require its grantees to make their peer-reviewed research papers freely available within 12 months of publication in a journal. The agency is not creating its own public archive of full-text papers, but instead will send those searching for papers to publishers’ own websites. (...) -Science, by Jocely Kaiser, 18 March 2015

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[USA] University Spending on Research Was Up Slightly in 2013

New data released by the National Science Foundation show that research and development spending by universities -- from all sources -- edged up slightly, to $67.2 billion in 2013. When adjusted for inflation, that reflects an increase of less than half of a percent. The largest source of funds was the federal government, at $39.5 billion. The NSF also released data on which universities spend the most, a ranking led for many years by Johns Hopkins University, where a majority of the R&D funds are spent by the Applied Physics Laboratory.

(...) -  @insidehighered, February 9, 2015

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Boston prête à fermer des écoles pour économiser

Boston, la capitale du Massachusetts, connue pour ses universités comme Harvard ou le MIT, envisage d'adopter la voie la plus dure pour faire (...) - Les Echos, par Jacques hubert-Rodier, 06/02/2015
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Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs

Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bending the Cost Curve

Online education can “bend the cost curve” of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity -- as opposed to more competition -- is still undetermined. (...) - @insidehighered, by Carl Straumsheim, January 27, 2015

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Les États-Unis déjà dans l'après-Mooc

Les États-Unis déjà dans l'après-Mooc | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, on parle beaucoup moins des Mooc qu'il y a deux ans. Ils continuent pourtant de bouleverser l'enseignement supérieur américain. Tour d'horizon des questions qui... (...) - EducPros, Jessica Gourdon, 25.09.2014

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L'impressionnant magot de l'université Harvard

L'impressionnant magot de l'université Harvard | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alors qu'elle fête son 378ème anniversaire, Harvard University vient d'annoncer qu'elle avait reçu un don record de 350 millions de dollars. Un joli cadeau qui vient alimenter sa gigantesque cagnotte... (...) - Capital, par Sandrine Chauvin, 08/09/2014

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US: A radical change in peer review

US: A radical change in peer review | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A pilot project to ease pressure on NSF's vaunted peer-review system required grant applicants to review seven competing proposals.

 

A recent pilot project by the National Science Foundation (NSF) aimed at easing the strain on its vaunted merit review system featured an unusual twist: Grant applicants were required to review seven proposals from peers competing for the same pot of money. The approach created a captive—and highly motivated—pool of reviewers for program managers within NSF's Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division, saving them time. And using mail reviews rather than panels also saved NSF money. The quality of the reviews also seemed to be comparable to what is generated with NSF's traditional approach to peer review. NSF officials are weighing whether to expand the pilot to other programs. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 17 July 2014

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US: AAAS Unveils Updated Data on Humanities Funding

US: AAAS Unveils Updated Data on Humanities Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences made its case for the humanities in high-profile report last year called “The Heart of the Matter.”In the year since, the academy says its Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has heard consistent requests from college and university personnel and others for more accessible data on the topic. So the academy on Thursday unveiled three new or updated data troves in which decision makers and others interested in the humanities can find facts and figures to continue the national conversation. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2014

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Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel

Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
En amont de la Learning Expedition organisée à l'automne 2014, EducPros vous emmène dans la Silicon Valley pour un voyage au cœur des nouvelles technologies appliquées à l'éducation. Il y a quelques années, des enseignants de Stanford créaient les plates-formes de MOOC (Massive open online courses) Coursera et Udacity. Aujourd'hui, l'université elle-même a lancé sa start-up, NovoEd, une interface d'un nouveau genre, qui cherche un ancrage dans la vie réelle. (...) - EducPros, par Coralie Garandeau, 12.06.2014
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