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Martin Burrett

Three reasons why Finland's universities are among the best in the world - 9 views

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    "Finland is no stranger to the higher ranks of the international education tables, and the country's universities are regarded as global leaders in higher education (HE). So, how does one of the world's smaller nations lead the way when it comes to educating and inspiring its young people?"
Martin Burrett

University education makes students more agreeable, conscientiousness - 4 views

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    "A recent study published in Oxford Economic Papers indicates that university education has a dramatically positive effect on the development of non-cognitive skills like conscientiousness, extraversion and agreeableness, in addition to the expected intellectual benefits. The paper also shows that the impact of education on these skills is even more dramatic for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds."
Martin Burrett

Gold, silver and bronze - A new rating system for university courses proposed - 6 views

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    "Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a new tool that will rate universities either gold, silver or bronze by subject - holding them to account for the quality of their teaching, learning environment and graduate outcomes."
Jeff Andersen

University Research Is a Prime Candidate for IT Investment | EdTech Magazine - 8 views

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    With billions of dollars in research funding at stake, higher education institutions have several reasons to reconsider their approach to academic IT.
Thieme Hennis

About Us | Betaversity | Making Room For Creativity - 22 views

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    "Betaversity is an education technology company that creates and supports collaborative prototyping spaces for post-secondary schools. We use the latest rapid prototyping technology and design thinking methodologies to help students learn by doing. We are a product-driven company that manufactures, rents, and sells BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Labs. These mobile lab facilities help schools maximize student satisfaction while minimizing expenses."
Clayton Mitchell

Textbook Alternatives at Drake - Research Guides at Drake University - 32 views

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    Open and electronic textbook resource page on compiled by the Drake University Library. 
Hobbes W

Dealing with organizational hubris and humility - Jeffrey Braithwaite - 27 views

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    "Maybe this ego-driven reporting of one's capabilities only happens among American college professors? Hardly. You do not have to stretch your observational powers too far to see that most of those at the helm of big companies, political parties, prestigious legal practices, or accounting and consulting groups have large doses of self-belief. It's only a small step to hubris."
Javier E

Getting Into the Ivies - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • For American teenagers, it really is harder to get into Harvard — or Yale, Stanford, Brown, Boston College or many other elite colleges — than it was when today’s 40-year-olds or 50-year-olds were applying. The number of spots filled by American students at Harvard, after adjusting for the size of the teenage population nationwide, has dropped 27 percent since 1994.
  • The share for any individual college is minuscule, of course. In 2012, about 33 out of every 100,000 American 18- to 21-year-olds were attending Harvard, down from 45 per 100,000 in 1994. These changes in the share tell you how much harder, or easier, admission has become for American teenagers on average. Between 1984 and 1994, it became easier at many colleges. The college-age population in this country fell during that time to 14.1 million in 1994 from 16.5 million in 1984, and the number of foreign students was relatively stable.
  • Over the last 20 years, several large colleges, like N.Y.U. and the University of Southern California, have improved markedly, effectively increasing the number of seats on elite campuses
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  • For students from the Northeast applying to elite colleges in the region, college admissions have probably become even more difficult in recent decades than these statistics suggest. Not only have colleges globalized, they have also become less regional, admitting more students from states like North Carolina, Texas and Washington.
  • On average, about 15 percent of students at elite colleges receive Pell grants, which as a rule of thumb go to students in the bottom half of the income distribution.
  • Low-income applicants are left to compete for the remaining slots with applicants who have the highest test scores, most impressive extracurricular activities and most eloquent essays.
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    After reading this i felt I could assuage the parents group at my daughter's school who were heartbroken that their siblings were not accepted into the school as well.
Thieme Hennis

CodeJam | Apps that Matter. - 57 views

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    Good school in South Africa.
Wayne Holly

What makes a university a great (or terrible) place to work? | Education Dive - 38 views

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    Not all universities are created equal. . .
Thieme Hennis

Home | OERu - 31 views

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    The OER university (OERu) makes education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, we are an independent, not-for-profit network that offers free online university courses for students worldwide. We also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.
Roland Gesthuizen

MOOCs Are Finally Being Analyzed by Educators . . . What's the Verdict? | EdTech Magazine - 24 views

  • the best hardware and software for student engagement and learning is a professor that cares about teaching and is interested in improving student learning. The tools they use are just a means to solve the problems they are trying to overcome in their classroom and move their students to a new level. You select the best tool for the job at hand.
  • exciting to think what crowdsourcing could do to gather and catalog data for researchers and what it could mean for just about all fields in academia. It could have a big impact on how we teach
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    "It's a challenging process, and it requires experienced educators and technologists to find value in the data. For that reason, Duke University's Randy Riddle has been working with professors and other faculty for more the last 13 years, honing his expertise and delivering tools that boost engagement and learning. "
anonymous

Rebranding the University in the Age of Willful Self-Incrimination: Rutgersfest, Delafe... - 15 views

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    Are you contending with the idea that your institution is a brand? Are you interested in what it means to take this idea seriously, using social media to follow how a brand gets dismantled? Here's a case study from higher ed.
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