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Peggy Collins

FERPA and social media - 1 views

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    FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. FERPA does not prevent instructors from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. If it did, then video documentaries produced in a communications class and shown on TV or the Web, or public art shows of student work from an art class, would be illegal. As one higher education lawyer put it
Nils Peterson

There is No College Cost Crisis - NYTimes.com - 3 views

  • “[A] modern university must provide students with an up-to-date education that familiarizes students with the techniques and associated machinery that are used in the workplace the students must enter.”
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      the author means information technologies, but one might also talk about certain habits of mind which are associated with trends in the workplace the students must enter.
  • The causes of the increase in college costs (an increase that has not, they contend, put college “out of reach”) are external; colleges are responding, as they must, to changes they cannot ignore and still provide a quality product.
    • Nils Peterson
       
      Makes me want to re-visit Christiansen's Innovator's Dilemma, who talks about a business focusing on serving its best customer and losing focus on emerging products and markets that operate at lower price points.
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    Stanley Fish reviews "Why Does College Cost So Much?" bu Archibald and Feldman, two economists who conclude "there is no college cost crisis".
Joshua Yeidel

World-Class Greatness at a Land-Grant University Near You? - Commentary - The Chronicle... - 0 views

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    "So how does the maintenance of high academic ranking as a research institution fit into the land-grant mission? Simply put, it doesn't."
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    Another for the "HE Identity Crisis" collection...
Joshua Yeidel

University World News - US: America can learn from Bologna process - 0 views

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    Lumina proposes that the US "adapt and apply the lessons learned from the Bologna Process in the EU, which has developed methodologies that "uniquely focus on linking student learning and the outcomes of higher education" -- tautological though that sounds.
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    Apparently the "audacious" discussion in the WCET webinar yesterday (to be linked) featuring Ellen Wagner and Peter Smith is old hat in Europe. A national "degree framework" is almost inconceivable in the US, but 'tuning' -- "faculty-led approach that involves seeking input from students, recent graduates and employers to establish criterion-referenced learning outcomes and competencies" -- sounds a lot like in goal-setting.
Joshua Yeidel

A Measure of Learning Is Put to the Test - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

  • "The CLA is really an authentic assessment process,"
    • Joshua Yeidel
       
      What is the meaning of "authentic" in this statement? It certainly isn't "situated in the real world" or "of intrinsic value".
  • add CLA-style assignments to their liberal-arts courses.
    • Joshua Yeidel
       
      Maybe the best way to prepare for the test, but the best way to develop analytical ability, et. al.?
  • the CLA typically reports scores on a "value added" basis, controlling for the scores that students earned on the SAT or ACT while in high school.
    • Joshua Yeidel
       
      If SAT and ACT are measuring the same things as CLA, then why not just use them? If they are measuring different things, why "control for" their scores?
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  • improved models of instruction.
  • it measures analytical ability, problem-solving ability, critical thinking, and communication.
  • "If a college pays attention to learning and helps students develop their skills—whether they do that by participating in our programs or by doing things on their own—they probably should do better on the CLA,"
    • Joshua Yeidel
       
      Just in case anyone missed the message: pay attention to learning, and you'll _probably_ do better on the CLA. Get students to practice CLA tasks, and you _will_ do better on the CLA.
  • "Standardized tests of generic skills—I'm not talking about testing in the major—are so much a measure of what students bring to college with them that there is very little variance left out of which we might tease the effects of college," says Ms. Banta, who is a longtime critic of the CLA. "There's just not enough variance there to make comparative judgments about the comparative quality of institutions."
    • Joshua Yeidel
       
      It's not clear what "standardized tests" means in this comment. Does the "lack of variance" apply to all assessments (including, e.g., e-portfolios)?
  • Can the CLA fill both of those roles?
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    A summary of the current state of "thinking" with regard to CLA. Many fallacies and contradictions are (unintentionally) exposed. At least CLA appears to be more about skills than content (though the question of how it is graded isn't even raised), but the "performance task" approach is the smallest possible step in that direction.
Joshua Yeidel

Start-Up Aspires to Make the World 'One Big Study Group' - Wired Campus - The Chronicle... - 2 views

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    A more modest attempt to "open up" education, using a study-group model rather than a course model like P2PU.
Joshua Yeidel

E. Jane Davidson on Evaluative Rubrics | AEA365 - 1 views

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    Some context for rubrics like ours
Joshua Yeidel

Can Gates Foundation's Millions Remake Higher Education? - Students - The Chronicle of ... - 0 views

  • Another Gates grantee, Highline Community College, in Washington, created different tracks for students planning to major in math-heavy fields and for all the others. Highline is one of 29 colleges in Washington that got Gates money as part of a $5.3-million grant given to the Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges.
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    "All are focusing, to varying degrees, on learning communities as a way to improve remedial education. The idea is that the linked courses create peer-support networks, build greater cohesion in the curriculum, and enable students to earn some college credits along with precollege work."
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    One aspect of the Gates Foundation's massive move into higher education. The remedial aspect quoted may raise memories for some of us...
Joshua Yeidel

Blog U.: The Challenge of Value-Added - Digital Tweed - Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    Quoting a 1984 study, "higher education should ensure that the mounds of data already collected on students are converted into useful information and fed back [to campus officials and faculty] in ways that enhance student learning and lead to improvement in programs, teaching practices, and the environment in which teaching and learning take place." The example given is an analysis of test scores in the Los Angeles Unified School District by the LA Times.
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    It's going to take some assessment (and political) smarts to deflect the notion that existing data can be re-purposed easily to assess "value-added".
Joshua Yeidel

Faculty Development on Campuses - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 2 views

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    Treading lightly, ProfHacker looks at Faculty Development offices (also called centers for teaching and learning).
Nils Peterson

Education Department Proposes To End Federal Funding To For-Profit Colleges Whose Stude... - 2 views

  • The Education Department proposed much-anticipated regulations Friday that would cut off federal aid to for-profit college programs if too many of their students default on loans or don't earn enough after graduation to repay them.
  • To qualify for federal student aid programs, career college programs must prepare students for "gainful employment."
  • But shares were mixed among companies such as ITT Educational Services Inc., Corinthian Colleges Inc., Education Management Corp. and Career Education Corp. Those companies operate career colleges focusing more on two-year programs or lower-income students and may need to make big changes
Joshua Yeidel

HELP WANTED PROJECTIONS of JOBS and EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Through2018 - 0 views

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    "America is slowly coming out of the Recession of 2007-only to find itself on a collision course with the future: not enough Americans are completing college . . . By 2018, we will need 22 million new workers with college degrees-but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees . . . At a time when every job is precious, this shortfall will mean lost economic opportunity for millions of American workers."
Joshua Yeidel

News: A Jobs Mismatch - Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    A report of a Georgetown University study that describes the shift in the job market toward requiring post-secondary education (up from 20% of jobs in 1973 to 59% of jobs in 2018) and the looming shortfall of college-eduvated workers. The director of the study opines that that means more vocational orientation in college education, but the report stops short (thankfully) of that mis-conclusion.
Joshua Yeidel

Above-Campus Services: Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education (EDU... - 0 views

  • In the early 1990s, Mike Zucchini, formerly the CIO of Fleet/Norstar, saw four possible reasons for outsourcing information technology. He explained these reasons in his "4-S" model: Scale — the desire to access economies of scale and efficiency that an institution could not achieve alone; Specialty — the desire to access specialized expertise that is too expensive to staff; Sale — the desire to turn nonproductive assets of capital facilities and IT equipment into cash to improve a balance sheet and reduce headcount; and Surrender — the desire to simplify the IT agenda by essentially giving up and hoping that a contract for service yields the outcomes an executive desires.7 Zucchini argued that Scale and Specialty are functional reasons for outsourcing and that Sale and Surrender are ultimately dysfunctional. History supports his insights: the big Sale/Surrender outsourcing deals of Kodak, American Express, GM, and Xerox all proved transient as the complexities of managing by contract and service-level agreements led to the eventual re-creation of internal IT service capabilities
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    Describes a "meta-versity" concept based on cloud computing shared by HE institutions. Although the article focuses on the institution level, many of the considerations also occur in department-level movement toward the cloud.
Joshua Yeidel

Op-Ed Columnist - History for Dollars - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    Conservative columnist David Brooks makes a case for the importance of liberal arts and humanities, first in economic contexts, but later (more interestingly and importantly) in the context of human living.
Joshua Yeidel

A Professor at Louisiana State Is Flunked Because of Her Grades - Teaching - The Chroni... - 1 views

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    A fascinating look into the tangled web of misconceptions and cross-purposes in testing and grading, especially in an introductory non-major science course.
Joshua Yeidel

As AAU Admits Georgia Tech to Its Exclusive Club, Other Universities Await the Call - F... - 0 views

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    "On Tuesday the invitation-only association made it official, naming Georgia Tech to the exclusive group that now numbers 63 universities... but several other university leaders may be scratching their heads and wondering why their campuses haven't made the grade."
Joshua Yeidel

Led by North Dakota, Some States Shield Higher Education From Cutbacks - Government - T... - 0 views

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    "a handful of states have been spared the brunt of the recession so far, providing an opportunity for them to improve their national standing in terms of higher education. Leading those states by far is North Dakota, whose higher-education system has seen an 18.5-percent increase in state funds over the past two years. "
Joshua Yeidel

Biggest Increases in Spending on Higher Education - Government - The Chronicle of Highe... - 0 views

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    A tough competitive environment...
Joshua Yeidel

A Professor Says His University Cares Little About Teaching - Teaching - The Chronicle ... - 1 views

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    Research vs. instruction: numerous assessment issues dog this debate.
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