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The death of “online” learning in higher ed

The death of “online” learning in higher ed | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
Online learning has expanded dramatically over the past two decades, reaching a high of more than 5 million enrollments in 2013. While that expansion has slowed recently, it still far exceeds overall growth in higher education. Yet by 2025, the phrase “online learning” could disappear from the common vernacular.
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HEI are currently experimenting different combinations of elearning, including mobile learning, and classroom-based learning
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National Languages Policy Workshop held in Cambridge in October 2015

National Languages Policy Workshop held in Cambridge in October 2015 | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it

 A ground-breaking policy workshop aiming to break the “vicious circle of monolingualism” in the UK was held at Cambridge University, featuring representatives of government, education and key organisations including the British Academy and the British Council.

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The workshop follows many initiatives since the 2000 Nuffield Foundation Inquiry report to lobby for languages in UK higher education.

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Pearson has just launched its own version of the CERFL

Pearson has just launched its own version of the CERFL | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
The Global Scale of English is the world's first global English language standard, allowing learners to measure progress on their English language journey.
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The GSE, which claims to be CERFL-aligned, comes complete with 3 descriptors targeted to specific user situations.

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The Social Inclusion of Migrants in Europe

The video shows different politics of social inclusion of migrants in Europe through the analysis of the social integration policy in Sweden and Italy. Despi...
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According to the author of the video, migrant refugees above all seek protection more than inclusion. A comparison between Italy and Sweden shows the Italian society to be more inclusive while Sweden offers more protection.

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intluni.eu

intluni.eu | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
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IntlUni network's recommendations for quality in the multilingual, multicultural learning space are out. The final report of a 3-year EU-funded project involving 38 higher education institutions is available online.

 

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Listen to your international students

Listen to your international students | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it

Higher education would take a giant step in the direction of progress if it made addressing the concerns and needs of postgraduate international students part of the main focus of the internationalisation decision-making processes.

Instead, its recent evolution appears to favour the interests of researchers, staff, administrators, consultants and undergraduate international students, more so than those of postgraduate students...

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If internationalisation breeds a new kind of citizens, what action can be undertaken to meet their' specific needs once they have left university?

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Wikipedia use—nothing to be ashamed about

Wikipedia use—nothing to be ashamed about | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
Academics and students alike should be making better use of Wikipedia, a major study of digital technology use in Higher Education has recommended.
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Wikipedia relies on peer validation, just like scientific journals. So why not resort to Wikipedia to mediate scientific knowledge and language project work?

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In Australia, vocational & technical universities offer excellent ROI, study shows

In Australia, vocational & technical universities offer excellent ROI, study shows | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
There is no earnings advantage to attending a sandstone university compared to less prestigious institutions, a major economic study has found.
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Linkage with the business world pays off in the short term. The study would need replicating elsewhere

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A Quarter Of University Students Think International Classmates Slow Down Their Classes

A Quarter Of University Students Think International Classmates Slow Down Their Classes | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
One in four university students think international classmates slow down their classes due to language issues, research has revealed.

The survey found the same amount think overseas students need m
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The study suggests the need for mediating how internationalisation also benefits domestic students

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How can we measure social inclusion?

How can we measure social inclusion? | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
The Social Progress Index is an average of three dimensions of social progress, Maitreyi Bordia Das asks if it could measure social inclusion effectively.
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The author, a World Bank expert, recommends to build a purpose-made index that takes into account context

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UK Education exports to rise by two-thirds, says Jo Johnson

UK Education exports to rise by two-thirds, says Jo Johnson | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
The UK’s offer to international students is strong, but has suffered from misunderstandings, according to the minister for universities and science
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International education an export product for the UK too. What about for France?

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Language skills essential to retain foreign students after graduation

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Language classes are necessary in international programmes to allow graduates find employment

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Raising fees for non EEA-students put Finnish students on the streets

Raising fees for non EEA-students put Finnish students on the streets | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
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The article seems to suggest that cuts in university funding were strategically announced later, possibly to have citizens link financial difficulties with foreign students

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Europass: Curriculum vitae European Skills Passport

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The Europass CV editor has been updated. It is more user-friendly than ever. It incorporates references to the EQF. The editor also contains a template for writing cover letters, with drop-down menus. This is very interesting teaching material, susceptible to raising in-class discussions on language practices across Europe and government and supranational organisation agency.

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Bilingual curriculum to be compulsory in universities starting from 2016

Muhammad Nasir (JP)The government will make it compulsory for university students to interact in English in order to prepare them to compete in the ...
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The Indonesian government is pushing for its universities to become "bilingual". "Bilingualism" on campuses is to be achieved progressively, starting from course bibliographies. Interestingly, the policy is supported by the claim that Indonesian is an internationally-recognised language

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Much remains to be done in the Bologna area in order to improve students' prospects

Much remains to be done in the Bologna area in order to improve students' prospects | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
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According to the European Students' Union (ESU), issues include improving cross-border recognition of degrees and qualifications and increasing diversity of the student population.

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Scots Language Policy

Scots Language Policy

Via Clive Young
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The Scottish government has released its language policy, appointing coordinators who will work in close relation with universities

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Language Policy Framework for South African Higher Education | South African Government

This is the 2001 language policy framework for South African higher education

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South African universities are required to have their own language policy. The framing document, which is very much detailed, shows the government's determination to promote African languages through the university system. English and Afrikaans enjoy a different status.

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Crowdfunding for Universities

Crowdfunding for Universities | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
“Crowdfunder is working with universities across the UK to bring crowdfunding to students, alumni, research departments and faculties. Working with Plymouth University, we’ve developed new finance, fundraising and enterprise skills and are now opening up new educational and business opportunities in educational institutions and learning communities across Britain.” Phil Geraghty, MD, Crowdfunder How universities are[...]
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Crowdfunding allows universities to engage with civil society, demonstrate the relevance of research and attract more match funding. How can applied linguistics make the most of it?

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The benefits of internationalisation start well ahead of higher education

The benefits of internationalisation start well ahead of higher education | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
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This column is a powerful reminder of the fact that internationalisation should not be equated with mobility, as Hans de Wit writes

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Academics accuse universities of 'addiction' to international students and their cheating

Cheating is allowing international university students to achieve and the money they bring in can't be ignored.
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This stresses the need to involve in institution-wide internationalisation schemes also academics who do not participate in CLIL programmes

 

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Prime Minister Abe to Accelerate Internationalisation of Japanese Universities

Prime Minister Abe to Accelerate Internationalisation of Japanese Universities | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Abe to Accelerate Internationalisation of Japanese Universities http://t.co/dpxhpwLcdK
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Japanese Prime Minister links presence of foreign students to universities' success

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Education exports: is Canada missing out on billions of dollars?

Education exports: is Canada missing out on billions of dollars? | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
Canada could move higher up the list of top global educators, those in the industry say
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Education exports require coordinating

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Education the 3rd export industry of Australia

Education the 3rd export industry of Australia | Higher education language practices | Scoop.it
More foreign students started courses in Australian universities, colleges and English schools in 2015 than any year in history.
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International education positively impact retail, accommodation, transport, communications and tourism, according to the Financial Review

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At Macquarie University, 31 international students penalised for using term paper mill

Macquarie University has revoked the degrees of two students and prevented a further 10 from graduating after an independent investigation revealed the students had used an online ghost-writing service to complete their assignements.
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Will this prompt a change in assessment practices?

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