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The roots of research misconduct

The roots of research misconduct | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
Mentors should understand what causes misconduct among trainees — and keep in mind some possible remedies, argues William Neaves.

What is the most effective way for mentors to prevent misconduct among trainees? First, they should make sure that those trainees understand the importance of research integrity. Consistently modelling good practice beats lecturing hands down, and discussing ethical guidelines at laboratory meetings helps the team to appreciate honesty — and the grim consequences of misconduct. - NatureJobs August 1st, 2012


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Distance learning: The online revolution

Distance learning: The online revolution | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Just months after launching, the days of completely free MOOCs may be numbered. Udacity already charges for certificates and edX is planning to start. Coursera and its affiliate universities, meanwhile, have an agreement in place to share any revenue streams, should they emerge.
One potential source of income, according to Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng, is for online providers to act as recruitment agents, introducing MOOC students to employers – something Udacity already does. Others may include advertising, or optional charges to students for "premium services", such as personal tuition.


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Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed

Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

 

 

The time has come to ask the question: When will we see the complete digital transformation of higher education in the United States?

 

The needs for the shift to digital are painfully clear: Grades are lagging, students aren’t graduating, and those who do earn a degree often don’t have the skills that employers want. While digital learning won’t solve all these problems, we need to find ways to drive students’ performance to help them recoup their college investment, and I believe that digital represents the fastest and best option.

 

With these needs in mind, I’m willing to put my stake in the ground...


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AACU Meetings | 2013 Annual Meeting | Overview

THE QUALITY OF U.S. DEGREES
Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions—To What Ends?

AAC&U Annual Meeting
January 23-26, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia / Hyatt Regency Hotel

Pre-Meeting Symposium on Wednesday, January 23
E-PORTFOLIOS:
Foundational Knowledge, Student Voices, and Best Practices


About the Meeting
Individuals and institutions are negotiating the complex, interconnected challenges of globalization, demographic change, rapid technological advancement, and renegotiated political and economic relationships. Pressures within higher education are encouraging transition and transformation, while external forces are demanding greater accountability and affordability. In such a shifting landscape, there are abundant opportunities to refocus, reinvent, reimagine—or stumble.

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AAC&U News | August 2012 | Feature: Graduating and Transferring Community College Students with Greater Global Awareness, Perspective, and Engagement

AAC&U News | August 2012 | Feature: Graduating and Transferring Community College Students with Greater Global Awareness, Perspective, and Engagement | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Eastern Connecticut State University, the designated public liberal arts university of Connecticut, has a long history of providing applied learning opportunities, including undergraduate research, service learning, internships, and other preprofessional experiences. In fact, a survey conducted for the university’s most recent strategic plan found that in five departments, 100 percent of students participated in some form of applied learning experience, with an average participation rate for all departments of 66 percent."

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Study finds professoriate in England is aging | Inside Higher Ed

"Fewer academics are gaining their first job at a university by the age of 30, while the number of older ­scholars has increased sharply."

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Colleges worry about elimination of summer Pell Grant | Inside Higher Ed

"By the standards of most federal financial aid programs, the year-round Pell Grant had a short and uneventful life. A three-year experiment that let students receive two of the need-based grants in one year in order to help pay for summer classes, the program was killed off by bipartisan agreement in last year’s federal budget.
But concern about the program’s elimination has lingered..."

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Online University Skews West Virginia Enrollment Numbers

Online University Skews West Virginia Enrollment Numbers | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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UK: Big rise in number of graduates forced to work for free

UK: Big rise in number of graduates forced to work for free | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

The number of graduates going into unpaid employment or voluntary work has increased by 23 per cent in the past year – and more than tripled since 2003, according to new figures seen by The Independent.

A report, due to be released by the Higher Education Statistics Authority tomorrow, claims 6,295 graduates worked for free last year – an increase from 5,120 on the year before. (...) The Independent, 25 July 2012


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The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning

As
educators, we have often been led to believe that lecturing is “bad”,
and it’s easy to see why. Just ask your students. They often complain of
the many hours they have spent slavishly copying text from the screen
directly to their notebook.

[...]

There have been countless critiques of PowerPoint and the “cognitive style” it propagates with its built-in templates and slide layouts. Others have written far more eloquently about it than I have, so feel free to follow the links here. But for the last two decades of teaching, I have been attempting to design the kinds of presentations that have a greater visual impact on my students’ learning than the typical text-heavy, bullet-pointed teleprompter slide I created when I first utilized software such as PowerPoint.

Students also criticize the one-way nature of this kind of instructional delivery. [...]

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Academic Conferences and Disciplinary Identity

Academic Conferences and Disciplinary Identity | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
Collin Brooke has a good post on the main conference in rhetoric and composition, 4C's, and the challenges it has faced as the field has expanded and diversified.
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World Education University: Disruptive New Player in Free Online Higher Ed Movement

World Education University: Disruptive New Player in Free Online Higher Ed Movement | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Unlike others in the low-cost/no-cost online education movement, World Education University goes the extra mile toward ensuring educational equity by offering comprehensive post-secondary programs, not just surrogate hosting of individual coursework and certificate programs from others' schools.


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New website for Higher Ed: PolicyDirect

New website for Higher Ed: PolicyDirect | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Welcome to PolicyDirect, an online resource designed to connect top quality academic research to decisionmakers in the education, government, and business communities."


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For-profit value ignored in higher education report

For-profit value ignored in higher education report | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

We serve the majority of students at University of Phoenix who are "non-traditional": working parents, returning military personnel and first-generation learners who need the flexibility to deal with other responsibilities while completing their education.

And make no mistake, the need to cater to these Americans is greater than ever: 70 percent of the nation's students are classified as "non-traditional," meaning that a conventional, residential four-year college experience will just not work for them. Given all of this, the biggest flaw in Harkin's report is that it does not recognize the basic value proposition of our institution.


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USA: The college-cost calamity

USA: The college-cost calamity | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

WITH its leafy avenues and Gothic buildings, the University of Chicago seems a sober, solid sort of place. John D. Rockefeller, whose money built it, said it was the “best investment I ever made”. Yet Chicago and other not-for-profit American universities have been piling on the debt as if they were high-tech start-ups. (...) - The Economist Aug 4th, 2012


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Implications of China and India’s expanding higher education

Implications of China and India’s expanding higher education | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"How well China and India addressed their skill issues would have major implications for the rest of the world..."


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AAC&U News | August 2012 | Facts & Figures

Check out this portrait of part-time faculty members...

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Education Tax Cut's Future Uncertain | Inside Higher Ed

"The American Council on Education has asked Congress to renew expiring education tax credits past the end of 2012 after some provisions were excluded from a bipartisan bill extending tax credits that expired this year."

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A look at students who have earned credit for prior learning | Inside Higher Ed

"The granting of college credit for knowledge gained outside the traditional academic setting – prior learning assessment – appears poised to take off in higher education. With a lift from the “completion agenda,” more colleges appear to be warming to prior learning, which can help adult students earn degrees quicker and more cheaply."

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'Conventional' online universities consider strategic response to MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

'Conventional' online universities consider strategic response to MOOCs  | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Online education not only gave nontraditional students a chance to enroll in collegiate programs from afar; it has also given universities that historically have not enjoyed the prestige of the Ivies a chance to build a reputation on fresh territory and build reliable revenue streams."

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Study on College Placement Exams Energizes Debate about Their Effectiveness

Study on College Placement Exams Energizes Debate about Their Effectiveness | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it
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Envisioning the Future of Educational Technology: 2012-2040

Envisioning the Future of Educational Technology: 2012-2040 | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

The Envisioning the Future of Educational Technology infographic predicts the co-evolution of education and technology up to the year 2040. For those who may be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information presented in this visualization, here is a look at how the team at Envisioning Technology reaches their conclusions and an examination of some of the most interesting predictions that they make in the document.


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University tuition fees to rise in England next year

University tuition fees to rise in England next year | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Students will pay over £8,500 on average with a third of English institutions charging maximum £9,000 as standard for a degree. (...) - The Guardian


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The Case For Online Education - Forbes

The Case For Online Education - Forbes | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"This tectonic shift in higher education is being met by vigorous protests .... Therefore, online education will replace the classroom based education system."

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Can “The Flipped Classroom” Model Work in Higher Education?

Can “The Flipped Classroom” Model Work in Higher Education? | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Technology creates the opportunity for a new learning environment. Case studies have shown that flipping the classroom leads to higher student engagement and better grades, but the real issue is whether universities will adopt such a dramatic change. If they don’t, someone else will, so check out this infographic to learn more.


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