23 août 2016

The importance of faculty in the higher education experience

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The importance of faculty in the higher education experience
Stephen Downes, Jul 04, 2016, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico

The shape of learning is changing with online learning and connective technology creating a new role for students as shapers and creators of knowledge in their own right. Now with the lecture being replaced with online videos and class discussion moving to locations like Facebook and Twitter, what role does the faculty play. More...

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Sugata Mitra – the professor with his head in the cloud

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Sugata Mitra – the professor with his head in the cloud
Peter Wilby, The Guardian, 2016/07/04

The Guardian has not had a good few weeks, and this article continues the trend. More...

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Surviving Gamification

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Surviving Gamification
Ariana López Di Rocco, teachlr blog, 2016/07/04

Good post on the basics of gamification that begins (as it should) by distinguishing between game-based learning and gamification. More...

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Watch “Don’t Be a Sucker!,” the 1947 US Government Anti-Hatred Film That’s Relevant Again in 2016

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Watch “Don’t Be a Sucker!,” the 1947 US Government Anti-Hatred Film That’s Relevant Again in 2016
Dan Colman, Open Culture, 2016/07/04
The rise of free thinking (and free love) in the United States the 1960s came as a surprise to many people. In retrospect, it shouldn't have. After the second world war the American government unleashed a propaganda effort to make sure it didn't happen again. More...

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What media companies don’t want you to know about ad blockers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What media companies don’t want you to know about ad blockers
Trevor Timm, Columbia Journalism Review, 2016/07/01

I've made this case before but this article substantiates with data and examples the three major benefits of Ad Blockers. More...

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Massive Open Online Courses and Economic Sustainability

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Massive Open Online Courses and Economic Sustainability
Tharindu R. Liyanagunawardena, Karsten O. Lundqvist, Shirley A. Williams, European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL), 2016/07/01

Good article looking at the question of economic sustainability for MOOCs. There's a good account of the costs generated through the use of platforms like Coursera and EdX. More...

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MOOCs for Research: The Case of the Indiana University Plagiarism Tutorials and Tests

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs for Research: The Case of the Indiana University Plagiarism Tutorials and Tests
Theodore Frick, Cesur Dagli, , Indiana University Bloomington, 2016/07/01
This paper was recommended as a "must read" by David Merrill. I don't agree. Essentially the paper describes a short self-study course revised according to Merrill's "first principles" of instruction, and the revision found to have improved outcomes, as measured by testing. More...

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Most expect to go to university but worry about fees

Half of young people who say they are likely to go to university are worried about the cost of higher education, according to a recent poll published by the Sutton Trust educational charity, writes Sally Weale for the Guardian. Read more...

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Study highlights dangers of university drop-outs

Earning a college degree can be a pathway to higher wages and better employment opportunities, but for those who fail to graduate, those prospects quickly fade. And at a time when a majority of students finance their education with loans, dropping out comes with greater risks, writes Danielle Douglas-Gabriel for The Washington Post. Read more...

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More Malaysian students enrol in universities

A strong push towards becoming more ‘international’ is drawing more Malaysian students to enrol in Taiwanese universities, writes Rebecca Rajaendram for The Star. Read more...

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