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Mathieu Plourde

Revenue From Online Ed Is On the Rise. So Is the Competition, Moody's Says - 0 views

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    "While distance-learning programs are not likely to replace the traditional college experience for everyone, the rate of growth in online enrollment is outpacing that for campus enrollment. The market for online programs is crowded and relatively easy to enter, but traditional name-brand universities now claim a larger share of it than in the past. This means smaller institutions with less-established programs will struggle unless they can set themselves apart, according to the report."
Mathieu Plourde

College Leaders Are Getting Serious About Outsourcing. They Still Have Plenty of Concer... - 0 views

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    "A few disparities stood out. Smaller institutions were more likely to cite "superior service to in-house alternatives" as a reason to pursue partnerships. And while 46 percent of smaller institutions cited "online program expansion" as an area of interest, only 36 percent of the larger ones did."
Mathieu Plourde

Combatting Digital Polarization - 0 views

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    "one of the reasons he chose a wiki format for the site is because it forces students to collaborate, listen, relate, prioritize, and compromise. Rather than the "stream" web we are so used to (with blogs and various social media platforms), the wiki format provides an opportunity for students not just to learn critical digital literacy and research skills, but also how to work together in an online environment."
Mathieu Plourde

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? - Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Hig... - 0 views

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    Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.
Mathieu Plourde

In Cheeky Pushback, Colleges Razz Rate My Professors - 0 views

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    Striking the right tone can be difficult. Professors aren't always natural performers, at least not on a par with professional actors. They also aren't famous, and Mr. Kimmel's setup works partly because viewers have a "parasocial" relationship to celebrities. That means they often know a great deal about famous people and even feel as if they're friends with them, even though there's a vast distance between them, said Dannagal G. Young, an associate professor of communication at the University of Delaware.
Mathieu Plourde

How Much Student-Loan Debt Is Too Much? - Home - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    "The Chronicle asked students, recent graduates, parents, and experts a simple question: What is the most you should borrow for a bachelor's degree?"
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In Defense of the Lecture - 0 views

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    " I lecture so that I can model how an expert approaches problems. If my students have read the book (or, for the flippers, watched the video) before class, they have (I hope) obtained some basic facts and also have at least the beginnings of an understanding of how those facts fit together. If I assign them problems or questions to grapple with, they will eventually work toward a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. What the in-class lecture adds is a model of how an expert approaches questions."
Mathieu Plourde

Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching? - 1 views

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    "publication still wins the biggest prizes in academe. The demand for it is largely unexamined (we want it because everyone else does), and almost entirely unchecked (just look at how much graduate students need to publish just to be considered for a tenure-track job). It's not that teaching doesn't matter, but even many community colleges are looking for publication these days. It's the only credential that crosses institutional boundaries, so it's the easiest one for institutions to brag on."
Mathieu Plourde

what counts as academic influence online? - 0 views

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    "your concepts of academic identity and academic reputation do need to expand. Twitter and social media are now a part of scholarship, as modes of communication and of scholarly practice. So if I tell you I'm exploring the part they now play in academic influence…try not to arch so hard you hurt yourself."
Mathieu Plourde

The Soul of the Research University - 1 views

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    "Mass higher education, conceptually, is practical, low cost, skills oriented, and mainly concerned with teaching. It caught on because state legislatures and businesses saw it as a means of economic development and a supplier of personnel, and because families saw it as a way of ensuring a place in the middle class for their children. Research universities, on the other hand, grant extraordinary freedom and empowerment to a small, elaborately trained and selected group of people whose mission is to pursue knowledge and understanding without the constraints of immediate practical applicability under which most of the rest of the world has to operate."
Mathieu Plourde

What 5 Tech Experts Expect in 2014 - 0 views

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    "The Chronicle asked five education-technology experts to think about the year ahead and identify major themes at the intersection of education technology and higher education."
Mathieu Plourde

4+1 Interview: Gavin LaRose - 0 views

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    I am increasingly of the opinion that we don't have to find "the solution" to "this problem." The question of what students are learning and how they have created the work that they submit is one that is as old as teaching, and the change in technology in many respects introduces only an incremental change in how we must approach this. If we are to be effective as instructors we have to be thinking hard about what students know and how we know it, and these are not things that are dependent on technology.
Mathieu Plourde

We Must Prepare Ph.D. Students for the Complicated Art of Teaching - Commentary - The C... - 0 views

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    "pedagogy has become a much more complicated process that has evolved from an art that one can acquire by oneself to a subject requiring formal preparation. The need for such training is all the more urgent because of the conditions that many graduate students will encounter in their professional careers. Only one-quarter of the recent Ph.D.'s seeking academic careers are finding jobs in research universities. Most of the others obtain positions in institutions with students who tend to be less motivated and less prepared for college than the undergraduates their teachers knew, and teaching them successfully will be a greater challenge."
Mathieu Plourde

Watch What You Think. Others Can. - 0 views

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    Imagine that psychologists are scanning a patients' brain, for some basic research purpose. As they do so, they stumble across a fleeting thought that their equipment is able to decode: The patient has committed a murder, or is thinking of committing one soon. What would the researchers be obliged to do with that information?
Mathieu Plourde

Tech Savvy Is Essential to Student Affairs, Survey Finds - 0 views

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    People who work in student affairs say that using modern media-including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube-has become a big part of their jobs, according to the results of a new survey.
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I Don't Like Teaching. There, I Said It. - 0 views

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    My admission wasn't because of a bad episode. And it wasn't that I was experiencing my first taste of burnout (that would come later). Rather, my discomfort with teaching stemmed from the broad experience I was gaining in the classroom. My Midwestern state university required teaching assistants to lead four 50-minute tutorials each week for a large introductory course. I had four semesters of that behind me, and two small courses that I taught on my own during summers.
Mathieu Plourde

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - 0 views

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    "His online course drew 28,000 students when it opened last summer, but Sedgewick was not daunted. He had spent hundreds of hours readying the material, devoting as much as two weeks each to recording and fine-tuning videotaped lectures. The preparation itself, he said, was "a full-time job.""
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The Challenge of Technology - 0 views

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    In the end, skeptics like me have to admit that many technological breakthroughs are actually improvements over the old ways of doing things. Even if we're not particularly savvy ourselves, we must acknowledge that some of our colleagues use technology with great success, and that their efforts do much to further our collective enterprise. We must educate ourselves about the advantages of various technologies and have the courage to adopt what seems beneficial. Who knows? We might even get ourselves a smartphone for Christmas.
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Teaching What You Don't Know - 0 views

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    We take for granted fundamental knowledge or basic steps that the learner has not mastered. Someone who has recently mastered a skill or a body of knowledge, by contrast, remembers more clearly the challenges he faced, and is less likely to skip or skim over basic steps in the learning process.
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