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emma wood

FAME (Faculty & Administrator Modules in Higher Education) Homepage - 32 views

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    A resource to improve the quality of education for students with disabilities.
Florence Dujardin

Building Stronger Ties With Alumni Through Facebook to Increase Volunteerism and Charit... - 23 views

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    This research explores how strength of network ties, as fostered by the use of a social network site, Facebook, (a) influences alumni attitudes toward volunteering for and making charitable gifts to their alma mater, and (b) fortifies consistency between attitude and behavior. After exploratory interviews and participant observation, a survey of 3,085 alumni was conducted for hypothesis testing. Structural equation modeling analysis revealed: First, active participation in Facebook groups positively predicted strength of network ties along 2 dimensions: frequency of communication and emotional closeness. Second, both dimensions of tie strength influenced actual behavior, albeit via different routes. The paper also contributes to attitude change research in showing that strength of network ties can help ensure consistencies between attitude and behavior.
Florence Dujardin

Facebook as an academic tool for ICT lecturers - 25 views

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    In this paper, we investigate the use of Facebook as an academic tool by lecturers in Information Systems and Computer Science departments in Southern Africa. Students' methods of engagement are very different than it was many years ago and the way students communicate and interact have changed because of new technologies. We found that very few lecturers are exploring the use of one such new technology, namely Facebook, to enhance their teaching.
Peter Linehan

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery - NYTimes.com - 21 views

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    The article describes the high technology war on cheating in colleges. I wonder if it really is working. Wouldn't it be better to restructure courses to make cheating less profitable?
Steve Ransom

Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher... - 32 views

  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
    • Steve Ransom
       
      Hear hear!
  • make transparent
  • I am asking instructors to see the two questions that the new epistemology emblazons across the front of every classroom — "So what?" and "Who cares?" — and then to adjust their teaching accordingly.
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  • show no patience for lectures
  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
  • except for the occasional late bloomer, we fail miserably at creating sustained intellectual fires among the vast majority of our practical, credential-driven students.
  • better and more widely achievable educational goal should therefore be to inculcate a respect for learning and the pursuit of knowledge.
  • public scholarship
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    An excellent read for those interested... and those who need a kick in the pants re: engaging meaningfully a new culture of students, especially in higher education.
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