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If students designed their own school… it would look like this

If students designed their own school… it would look like this | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
A public high school student actually allowed some students to design their own semester and run it themselves.
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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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OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
In this letter to Dr Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, academics from around the world express deep concern about the impact of Pisa tests and call for a halt to the next round of testing
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Peter Singer explains why the world's leading thinkers are philosophers

Peter Singer explains why the world's leading thinkers are philosophers | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
With the proportion of students completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities plummeting, there is growing talk of a crisis in these disciplines. And yet one recent independent ranking listed three philosophers among the world's top five global thinkers for 2013.
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The Exploitative Economics Of Academic Publishing

The Exploitative Economics Of Academic Publishing | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
How journal publishers are profiting at the expense of taxpayers, researchers, and universities.
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Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Email Messages

Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Email Messages | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
The company acknowledges scanning the emails of Apps for Education users and faces allegations in a federal lawsuit that it built "surreptitious user profiles" for advertising purposes.
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The future of higher education? Five experts give their predictions

The future of higher education? Five experts give their predictions | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Ahead of the Jisc Digital Festival next week, five experts predict the innovations and trends that are set to change the face of higher education and research in the coming years
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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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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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Changer l'enseignement et la formation!

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MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning

MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it

Clayton M. Christensen and Michelle R. Weise:  JOURNALISTS, AS 2013 ended, were busy declaring the death of MOOCs, more formally known as massive open online courses. Silicon Valley startup Udacity, one of the first to offer the free Web-based college classes, had just announced its pivot to vocational training — a sure sign to some that this much-hyped revolution in higher education had failed. The collective sigh of relief from more traditional colleges and universities was audible.

 

The news, however, must have also had the companies that had enthusiastically jumped on the MOOC train feeling a bit like Mark Twain. When newspapers confused Twain for his ailing cousin, the writer famously quipped, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Undoubtedly pronouncements over MOOCs’ demise are likewise premature. And their potential to disrupt — on price, technology, even pedagogy — in a long-stagnant industry is only just beginning to be seen.

 

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Universities must convert widening access into graduate jobs

Universities must convert widening access into graduate jobs | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Call for institutions to measure social mobility impact via graduates’ careers
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Manchester University move to scrap banking crash module angers students

Manchester University move to scrap banking crash module angers students | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Course leaders cancelled the Bubbles, Panics and Crashes module developed as counterpoint to free-market teaching
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Be employable, study philosophy

Be employable, study philosophy | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
The discipline teaches you how to think clearly, a gift that can be applied to just about any line of work
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Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders | Philosophy, Education, Technology | Scoop.it
Universities are drowning in digital information. It's time senior leaders made openness – and its consequences – their concern
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