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Turning Research Into Headlines - Education Writers Association

Turning Research Into Headlines - Education Writers Association | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Today's post features guest blogger Jennifer Donovan of Michigan Technological University, who attended EWA's National ...
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Stanford Daily | ‘Vision 2020′ re-envisions career services model

Stanford Daily | ‘Vision 2020′ re-envisions career services model | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Breaking news from the Farm since 1892
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‘Vision 2020′ re-envisions career services model

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Quotations on Education « Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

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Excerpt | 1786 August 13. (to George Wythe) "I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness...Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance."

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New College Grads: Better Job Prospects But Higher Debt

New College Grads: Better Job Prospects But Higher Debt | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Average student debt for the class of 2013 with bachelor degrees has reached new heights at $30,000. The news comes as a double-edged sword for this latest coh…
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Excerpt | "The news comes as a double-edged sword for this latest cohort of newly educated workers: employment prospects have improved since they entered college in 2009 yet they have more debt to pay off..."

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PHD Comics: Crowdfunding Science

Link to Piled Higher and Deeper
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-->Academia must do better for praxis + ethos, e.g., convey relevance to public sector. A revamp of grad program designs for applied science may help in that regard. Also, perhaps the hegemony of scientific discourse sliding a bit? Perhaps there's a systematic way to share funding across the disciplines; unfortunately, it seems that gov't cuts many good things these days, e.g., the flight control tower in my city will be closing this summer. Sequester such a social spanking, boo.

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MOOCS and the Stratification of American Higher Education | Rightly Understood | Big Think

MOOCS and the Stratification of American Higher Education | Rightly Understood | Big Think | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
So Peter Sacks, author of the excellent Generation X Goes to College, explains what's really wrong with the likely MOOCification of higher education.
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Education Watch Podcast: Driving Innovation in ...

Education Watch Podcast: Driving Innovation in ... | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
New America higher education experts Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman discuss policy reforms that could alter the higher education system for the better.
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Ethical Literacy Learning Community | The Line between Truth and Loyalty

Ethical Literacy Learning Community | The Line between Truth and Loyalty | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Excerpt | "To help students understand that much of ethical decision making is about knowing where you, personally, draw the line and communicating your choice effectively..."

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Ethical Literacy Learning Community | Finding 6: Tone-at-the-Top–The School Head as Exemplar

Ethical Literacy Learning Community | Finding 6: Tone-at-the-Top–The School Head as Exemplar | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Excerpt | "Much has been made of leadership and its influence on organizational culture, and this message is certainly underscored in the schools we visited. Heads obviously have an enormous opportunity to set the priorities and tone of the school—and a daunting responsibility to do so. The school heads who seem most effective in this regard are the genuine truth-seekers. Those who view deep learning as life’s primary enterprise build commitment to ethics and values in everything they do..."

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Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Constance Steinkuehler on Interest-Driven Learning (Big Thinkers Series) | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin game-based learning scholar Constance Steinkuehler talks about her research on online video games and literacy, and how learning skyrockets when students are passionate about the subject matter.
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Providing learners w/materials + tools to support their goals.

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What is a B.A. in English worth anymore?

What is a B.A. in English worth anymore? | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Increasing rarities in higher education are students and schools whose goals center on a broad-based education in the arts and sciences.
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Excerpt | "'Basically, I got hired for my abilities to think and write analytically, cut through complex issues and communicate effectively — exactly the skills liberal arts education should teach,' says Timm, 24, of Oakland..."

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A Simple Guide To Complex Learning Theories

A Simple Guide To Complex Learning Theories | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it

Do you know the actual theories of learning? This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Pascal STIEVENARD, Frederic DOMON, JoelleYalin, Jeffrey Jablonski, Ph.D.
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 27, 2012 8:29 AM

Starting with a brain-based illustration on the chart,  is a good sign for this sort of learning theory.  ~  D

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I am very  interested in this whole constructivism thing and find this visual chart helpful

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A picture is worth 1,000 words - plenty of words on this Inforgrapic but organized in a way to make understanding (and hopefully appling)  these learning theories to good pedagogy

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Surviving a PhD - 10 Top Tips...

Surviving a PhD - 10 Top Tips... | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
This post is by Dr Alex Hope, a Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Project Management at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and was originally post on his blog. Alex is also on Twit...
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I add, find a pathway to thrive vs. just survive. This depends in part on program design, and creative inroads to compensate, e.g., networking or writing dissertation as you go.

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The Underlying Structure of Continuous Change | MIT Sloan Management Review

The Underlying Structure of Continuous Change | MIT Sloan Management Review | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
The HIV/AIDS epidemic created a new context for the pharmaceutical
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Excerpt | "Initiating and maintaining continuous change in an organization requires a foundation of stability. Understanding that paradoxical statement is crucial. Put another way, managing continuous change is not the same as managing a project or an individual change program; it is a capacity that gets built into organizations over the long term, allowing them to deal on an ongoing basis with environmental shifts, new competitors and disruptive technologies. To establish such a foundation, companies must provide the necessary conditions for each of the four roles —evangelist, autocrat, architect and educator — to flourish..."

 

-->How to maintain relevance and adapt to changes to continue education as adaptive and generative learning with a human benefit.

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Pupils 'held back' academically by their social background - University of Oxford

Pupils 'held back' academically by their social background - University of Oxford | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Excerpt | "Professor John Goldthorpe said: ‘If we compare the two countries, we see that in Britain if the child was both bright and from an advantaged background, they did particularly well academically. While, in Sweden, we find children of low ability but from advantaged backgrounds do better than they would have done in Britain. The two educational systems in a way cancel out each other, suggesting that Sweden is not significantly ahead of Britain in providing opportunity for children of different social backgrounds. This study raises the question of how far it is possible for educational policies alone to promote greater social mobility.’"

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Obama vows to 'shake up' higher education and find new ways to limit costs | Inside Higher Ed

Obama vows to 'shake up' higher education and find new ways to limit costs | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Stop assuming the online education is "light." Hybrid programs especially blind well be writing and interaction required to learn in a social context (I write more on this topic at http://bit.ly/pjxead). Drop the hype/hysteria debate, and instead design programs with improved completion rates, well conceived and intentional iterative projects or theses/dissertations, reduced cost, and that return to benefit the community and not just a given discipline or individual.

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An Elite Education Free to Anyone

An Elite Education Free to Anyone | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
With its free online courses, Coursera is bringing the world's top universities to the farthest corners of the world.
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-->Love for lifelong and continuous learning plus collaborating to share resources. On the latter, how to convey - pay value to lecturers?

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You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help.

You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help. | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
David Levy's course at the University of Washington puts technology in its place—in the control of students. (You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help.
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Knowing how to manage your time and resources is a real IL skill!

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Building Online Communities For Higher Education

Tools for building online communities. Start here. http://t.co/ZmHHLjp12B
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The Tech Revolution and the Future of Higher Education

The Tech Revolution and the Future of Higher Education | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Onlinedegrees.org presents how emerging technologies will likely influence higher education in next few years.
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Ethical Literacy Learning Community | “Tell Me What You Really Think: A Report on the Schools of Integrity Project”

Ethical Literacy Learning Community | “Tell Me What You Really Think: A Report on the Schools of Integrity Project” | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
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Excerpt | "The purpose of this study was to delineate school practices that balance academic rigor with attention to ethical development. Not surprisingly, all our findings relate to deliberate efforts to build trust within the school culture. Less predictably, each of these findings can be said to support a genuine examination of “truth”—of true relationships, of true understanding, of true intention–as essential to trust building and, consequently, to deep learning. This study reports on our work. It condenses hours of on-site interviewing and piles of documentation into 10 key findings..."

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Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch

Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined.
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-->How to design a scalable education model that incorporates online learning? Use an iterative approach for grad projects (e.g., thesis, dissertation), embed the project into the curriculum, and use on-ground sessions for networking, committee development, public speaking (e.g., pitch the prospectus, viva voce/defense/orals), and hands-on or team projects. Use iverse for virtual team projects, papers, discussion posts, and to improve access, sustainability, and reduce cost. Each of these efforts improves time to completion, praxis/application, and affordability. See Grand Canyon U for examples of this quality design (I'm a doctoral learner there). More at http://bit.ly/OirLiQ

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It's upon us that's for sure!

 

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Friends of Art Bookshop at Indiana University

Friends of Art Bookshop at Indiana University | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, I received an email from Laurel Cornell, President of the Indiana University Friends of Art, stating that the IU
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7 Reasons Barnes & Noble Bad for University Business | Img: Late Age of Print Cover

 

-->Honor local stakeholders, e.g., university business, first.

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At Work: Thinkers have value in today's job market

At Work: Thinkers have value in today's job market | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Technical skills have their place, but job seekers need critical-thinking skills
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» 12 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Grad School - Psych Central

» 12 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Grad School - Psych Central | Higher Education Reform | Scoop.it
Carol Williams-Nickelson, Ph.D, former associate executive director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students and co-editor of Internships
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Finally, a mention of thriving in grad school. Note the mention of consulting w/others; I inquired of directors, profs, staff, and learners about doctorate programs, and did so for 3 years before choosing a program. I started this inquiry after the first year in my Masters. In-between my Masters' graduation and doctorate enrollment, I volunteered my consulting and research method to test it in an applied environment.

Doing these two things, inquiry plus volunteering, helped me to enroll in a good match of a doctorate program. I also learned about the post/doctoral landscape, and chose an innovative and sustainable program that best meets my needs, aspirations, and purpose rejecting others even if the faculty was nice or the program or school prestigious. 

 

I highly encourage prospective students to inquire and test their vocational pathway choice, e.g., grad school.

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