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Bonnie Stewart - Learning in the Open: Networked Student Identities

Bonnie Stewart - Learning in the Open: Networked Student Identities | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
As students in conventional academic settings extend their learning into participatory networked environments, what benefits and conflicts do they encounter?

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6 Things Warwick University’s New Temp Agency Tells Us About Academic Precarity

6 Things Warwick University’s New Temp Agency Tells Us About Academic Precarity | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Warwick University is to start trialling a new way of employing hourly paid staff. The ‘Teach Higher’ scheme has been met with strong opposition by both staff and students so far – but what does it tell us about academic precarity today? 1. We should get used to the idea of ‘internal outsourcing’. Precarious work […]
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Tackling transition in STEM disciplines report published

Tackling transition in STEM disciplines report published | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
This report is a result of a series of events run during the academic year 2013-14, and identifies transition as one of the most important issues facing STEM educators at the current time.
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Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers

In Canada today, it’s estimated that more than half of all undergraduates are taught by contract faculty. They often teach the large introductory courses that tenured faculty like to avoid.  They put in 60- to 70-hour weeks grading hundreds of essays and exams, for wages that sometimes barely break the poverty line.


It’s what Kimberley Ellis Hale calls the university’s “dirty little secret.”  

 

Our universities are rightly celebrated for their great achievements in research. That’s what attracts the money, the prestige and the distinguished scholars. But the core of the teaching is being done by the most precarious of academic labourers.

 

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Universities found to offer ‘unlawful’ terms to students

Universities found to offer ‘unlawful’ terms to students | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Drastic changes universities make to courses, and which students are forced to accept after they have already enrolled, may contravene consumer law, a report has found.
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The Battle for Open: How Openness Won and Why it Doesn’t Feel Like Victory, by Martin Weller

The Battle for Open: How Openness Won and Why it Doesn’t Feel Like Victory, by Martin Weller | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Sandra Leaton Gray on a chilling true story of the monetisation of the contents of academics’ heads

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Thomas Docherty on academic freedom

Thomas Docherty on academic freedom | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it

Managerial fundamentalism has taken hold in universities, with scholars viewed as resources that must be controlled, argues the Warwick scholar

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Philosophy in our schools a necessity, not a luxury

Philosophy in  our schools a necessity, not a luxury | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Students must be equipped with the ability to challenge ideas behind powerful institutions
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Marina Warner · Diary: Why I Quit

Marina Warner · Diary: Why I Quit | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
The professor from the West Coast stepped out of the taxi and looked around, head tilted back and swivelling from one looming grey tower to another as she assessed the flint-studded concrete ramparts of the library. ‘Oh, wowww!’ she cried, ecstasy lifting her voice above the wind . . .
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The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Sedentary bodies bombarded with chaotic sensory stimulation are resulting in delays in attaining child developmental milestones, with subsequent negative impact on basic foundation skills for achieving literacy.
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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools? | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.
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Harvard resists popular online education model, opts for more expensive program

Harvard resists popular online education model, opts for more expensive program | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
To remain competitive, Harvard implements a new online business program that runs conversely to the MOOC programs of Stanford and Wharton School.
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The Erosion of Faculty Rights

The Erosion of Faculty Rights | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it

In the rush to online education, faculty members have been signing contracts that abrogate the ownership of their classes, erode their collective interests, and threaten the quality of higher education. No standard (let alone best) practice has yet emerged, and faculty members are largely in the dark about what is at stake.

 

Put simply, the stakes are huge. Online education is the new frontier where the traditional rights of faculty members and the quality of instruction are up for grabs. It is a frontier that threatens to turn all faculty members, including those on the tenure track, into teachers who “work for hire.”

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn? | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?
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New research shows benefits of independent learning

New research shows benefits of independent learning | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it

A new research report, Effective practice in the design of directed independent learning opportunities shows the need to direct independent learning through integrating it into programmes and ensuring its benefits are clearly communicated to students. These benefits include the development of deep understanding, taking personal responsibility for learning, and the enhancement of skills expected of graduates.

 

Higher education is characterised by independent learning. The study, which was conducted by Professor Liz Thomas, references recent debates about what determines the quality of the students’ educational experiences, including whether contact hours are a useful measure, and the ways in which students engage in their learning.

 

The research shows that effective independent learning involves providing a clear structure and ongoing support for students, especially as they make the transition to higher education learning. A collection of good practice from across different disciplines has been created.

 

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Trends in distance education research: A content analysis of journals 2009-2013 | Bozkurt | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Trends in distance education research: A content analysis of journals 2009-2013 | Bozkurt | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Trends in distance education research: A content analysis of journals 2009-2013

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Ijad Madisch - Researchers: it's time to ditch the PDF

"The PDF is the digital equivalent to the desk drawer – a place where scientific results are hard to find and easily forgotten. And yet the PDF is still the default way for scholarly publishers to disseminate research on the web. 

To communicate research efficiently today, we need a new format for the digital age: one that’s open, easy to work with and social."


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"Openness should not be seen as a risk, but an opportunity"

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The death of universities

The death of universities | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Terry Eagleton: Academia has become a servant of the status quo. Its malaise runs so much deeper than tuition fees
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Disrupting and Transforming the University

Disrupting and Transforming the University | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it

Are universities about to be disrupted the way Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster, all recently in bankruptcy, were disrupted? Blended courses, online learning, and MOOCs are moving at light speed compared to the typical university. ... Higher education institutions must modify their business models in response to technology-driven influences.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, October 24, 2014 9:03 AM

It is no doubt a good thing that universities are forced to rethink their default solution for the question of how best to teach students: through lecturing, that is. If technology in general and technology in the learning environment that MOOCs are can achieve such a reconsideration, so much the better. However, the author of the present ACM article, goes far beyond this sensible stance. He seems to assume that embracing technology in teaching necessarily implies embracing a market view of learning and teaching. Universities have become 'corporation's' that compete on a global 'market' for students who have become 'consumers'. This move is not one we as a society can make choices in, it is imposed on us because the inclusion of technology is a 'disruptive innovation' that can only be avoided at pains of going 'bankrupt', the argument goes. 

 

This portrayal of education is a pernicious one. Students are not just consumers on their way to be come productive members of the labour force. They are adolescents on their way to adulthood, and it is incumbent on us as a (global) society to let them become productive but also sensible, caring, reflective, thinking members of our societies (if only for the sake of having functioning democracies). Technology does create change, in some cases disruptive ones. The record and film industry have experienced this, the book industry is to follow suit.

 

It would go too far to point out in any detail how different universities are to these industries, but suffice it to say that teaching and learning are not the two sides of content transfer. Modern insights into learning and teaching, have taught us that much. The inclusion of technology does not alter how human beings acquire knowledge and skills, but  It does change how the environments in which such knowledge and skills acquisition takes place. So much have a few decades of research into technology-enhanced learning revealed to us. The author, however, seems to be of the opinion that our thinking about technology-enhanced learning starts with  Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. As mentioned elsewhere on these Scoop.it pages, Tony Bates (http://tiny.cc/hzj8nx) and others included myself (http://tiny.cc/z2j8nx) have forcefully argued agains this common but dangerous mistake.

 

In conclusion, a view on learning as espoused in this scooped paper, is reductionist (in that it paints a one-sided picture of students as consumers) and ill-informed (as it ignores decades of research in learning and technology-enhanced learning). Technology-enanhanced learning and MOOCs deserve a better defence. @pbsloep

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Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma? | Scheliga | First Monday

Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma? | Scheliga | First Monday | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma?

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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The Emerging Science of Computational Anthropology | MIT Technology Review

The Emerging Science of Computational Anthropology | MIT Technology Review | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Location-based social networks are allowing scientists to study the way human patterns of behavior change in time and space, a technique that should eventually lead to deeper insights into the nature of society.
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Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Britain's leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job.
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The SLOW University - work, time and well-being

The SLOW University - work, time and well-being | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Maggie O’Neill, Durham University Dialogues within and outwith the Higher Education sector are converging  around  the need for a socio-cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of work, life an...
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review
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City Of Words's curator insight, May 17, 2014 6:09 AM

Changer l'enseignement et la formation!