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Mathieu Plourde

The College Board tried a simple, cheap, research-backed way to push low-income kids in... - 0 views

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    "It's also one piece of evidence that changing the college trajectories of America's low-income students will require efforts more extensive than low-cost "nudges." "It's a good lesson in thinking about the limitations of these kinds of interventions," said Lindsay Page, a University of Pittsburgh researcher who has studied text messaging reminders to students. "Be cautious of the long-run benefits from $6 solutions.""
Mathieu Plourde

University of Oklahoma stripped of 'U.S. News' ranking for supplying false information - 0 views

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    "U.S. News & World Report has stripped the University of Oklahoma of its ranking, citing incorrect information provided about alumni giving. The university told U.S. News that it has been supplying incorrect data since 1999."
Mathieu Plourde

Analytics, Interrupted - 0 views

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    "Progress on data and analytics has stalled. EDUCAUSE is working with NACUBO and AIR to produce an analytics statement advocating for these important efforts in higher education and modeling the collaborative spirit needed for success."
Mathieu Plourde

The Fall of Google+ - 0 views

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    "Within a year, I had developed a number of great relationships with people on Google+. These weren't the school friends I followed on Facebook or work associates I was connected to on LinkedIn. These were people I didn't already know who shared my interest in various topics. By early 2012, I'd come to the conclusion that Google+ was something very different from Facebook's social network. It represented an intersection between relationships with people and connections to ideas. It was, in short, a "shared interest network." I even put together a slide show using Google+ images to explain this idea. It went viral and people on the Google+ team told me privately that I'd nailed the essence of their network"
Mathieu Plourde

On Academic Precarity - Ali Colleen Neff, PhD - 0 views

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    "If you are thinking of getting out, my advice to you, for what it's worth, is: get out. Even if you get that tenure track job, it's not the thing you thought it was going to be. When you are getting paid this little, you might be able to wiggle the freedom to walk away"
Mathieu Plourde

Confessions of an Ex-Lecturer | Vitae - 0 views

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    "I've come to believe that most professors who cling to the lecture format do so because they crave being the center of attention - even when their audience is indifferent or hostile. Faculty get so little respect these days outside the classroom that it seems only natural for us to covet whatever respect we can garner from within it."
Mathieu Plourde

The Push to Look Good on Paper - EdSurge Independent - Medium - 0 views

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    "The tension seems to lie between admissions and learning, and the pressure that surrounds students forces them to choose admissions more often than not."
Mathieu Plourde

The scandal of American universities goes way beyond Temple - 0 views

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    "And then keep this in mind as you watch the controversy up at Temple play out. The real college scandal is the cost."
Mathieu Plourde

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should "Unsettle" Us - 0 views

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    "Lately, I've become increasingly frustrated with our unwillingness to acknowledge these "elephants in the (class)room," if you will, because the new contexts for modern learning forged by the networked world in which we now live are creating an imperative for new ways of thinking about our work in schools. I've been collecting a list of these "things that we don't really want to talk about in education" in hopes that it might challenge us to bring those elephants out into the open and ignite some much needed conversation about how to deal with them. Here are nine of them:"
Mathieu Plourde

The Journalist and the Troll: Benjamin Wey Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online - 0 views

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    "In addition to all the lies, the story was laced with creepy sexual imagery: I'd had my "panties ripped off" and was like "a dog wagging her tail trying to attract a mating partner." I felt overwhelmed; it was as if something heavy were pressing into my forehead. I wanted to fight back, and I also wanted to hide. I haven't been able to do either."
Mathieu Plourde

The Primary Problem with Educational Technology - 0 views

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    "the biggest problem as succinctly as possible: Caring Doesn't Scale. This three-word sentence captures so much. First, it clearly communicates that "scale" has become a virtue. More importantly, it implies that old-fashioned virtues - things like caring about people - simply can't compare in importance to modern values like scale."
Mathieu Plourde

The new charter school scheme: This is how GOP and privatizers have bled Pennsylvania s... - 0 views

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    "the charter schools seem to mine the local district of low-cost special education students while leaving the traditional schools with students who have the most severe disabilities. He points to data showing the district's charter schools tends to serve high proportions of low-cost special needs students - those with speech and hearing disabilities, for instance - while serving low proportions of high-cost special needs students, such as those with autism or emotional problems."
Mathieu Plourde

8 Things That Always Go Wrong In Web Meetings | Technology and Learning | InsideHigherEd - 0 views

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    "If you are planning to have a web meeting today, and that meeting has more than 5 people, here is what will go wrong:"
Mathieu Plourde

Uncle Sam Is Footing the Bill For Student-Debt Relief - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "The U.S. Department of Education is sticking to the rosier news in a brief report released this week that shows the number of U.S. student-loan holders enrolled in income-based repayment plans has jumped by more than 50 percent since last year. According to the government, 3.9 million borrowers have signed up for income-based repayment plans as of this June. But while these programs, which have existed in some form since 1994 but were supercharged only in the past few years, can cut monthly loan payments by hundreds of dollars for individual borrowers, their cost to taxpayers overall is rising fast."
Mathieu Plourde

The 'flipped classroom' is professional suicide - 0 views

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    "if you aren't the best lecturer in the world, why shouldn't your boss replace you with whoever is? And if you aren't the one providing the content, why did you spend all those years in graduate school anyway? Teaching, you say? Well, administrators can pay graduate students or adjuncts a lot less to do your job. Pretty soon, there might even be a computer program that can do it."
Mathieu Plourde

The MOOC revolution that wasn't - 0 views

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    "they've shifted to what's becoming a more familiar Silicon Valley narrative about the future of employability: a cheap and precarious labor force. That's the unfortunate reality of "Uber for Education.""
Mathieu Plourde

Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software - 0 views

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    "As UT-Austin recently replaced its learning management system, it also needed to replace its plagiarism detection software. Schorn therefore conducted the Turnitin test again this March. Out of a total of 37 sources, the software fully identified 15, partially identified six and missed 16. That test featured some word deletions and sentence reshuffling -- common tricks students use to cover up plagiarism."
Mathieu Plourde

U. of Florida Gets Few Takers for Online Path to Campus - The Ticker - Blogs - The Chro... - 0 views

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    "The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer. Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn't been well explained. "This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explain what it is all about, we hope to get a better response," he told The Gainesville Sun. Pathway builds on UF Online, the online-only undergraduate program that state legislators pushed for about two years ago."
Mathieu Plourde

"The Art of the Gouge": NYU as a Model for Predatory Higher Education | naked capitalism - 0 views

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    "Under Chairman of the Board Martin Lipton and President John Sexton, New York University has been to operate as a real estate development/management business with a predatory higher-education side venture. A group of 400 faculty members at NYU, Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (FASP), have been working for years against what Pam Martens has called "running NYU as a tyrannical slush fund for privileged interests." FASP just published a devastating document, The Art of the Gouge, which describes how NYU engages in a mind-numbing range of tricks and traps to extract as much in fees as possible from students, while at the same time failing to invest in and often degrading the educational "product"."
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