This is the 30th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.
(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)
The Slowest Distance Between Two Points – This American Life
At the age of 23, Andrew Forsthoefel fails in keeping his job and is left without a job or a plan. He decides to walk across the U.S. and learns about learning in life. This podcast is his story and features interviews of people from all walks of life giving the advice they would tell the 23-year-old version of themselves. The advice here is likely to apply to university students as well, particularly when they’re not sure where they’re headed and whether they should keep going.
Are university lectures doomed? – The Guardian
In this article, two academics (and lecturers!) debate the value of the lecture. Does learning require “students participate, interrupt, ask questions, disagree, [and] talk back” – best done somewhere other than the lecture theatre – or do lectures provide “50 minutes of pithy introduction from someone who has sorted the wheat from the chaff on the students’ behalf,” putting students “in a position to sit in class and have an informed discussion”?
A 40 year veteran teacher talks about building connections with students and keeping it all in perspective (and changing it when need be!) in this inspiring TED talk. Although it’s about school kids, these aspects of learning are the same at all levels.
A retired French astrophysicist who taught in Vietnam for more than ten years has said that autonomy is prerequisite for Vietnam universities if they are to become world-class. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government has been running a national project to upgrade its higher education system, including building partnerships with foreign governments such as Russia, Germany, France, the US and Japan. In the case of the Russian project to establish a technology university here, curriculum, books and lecturers will come from Russia.
Some Papers Are Uploaded to Bangalore to Be Graded – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Some US universities are outsourcing grading and feedback on student papers. The graders, mainly from India, Malaysia and Singapore and all holding master’s degrees, provide a level of feedback that simply wouldn’t be possible if the universities relied only on the lecturer and teaching assistants. Some, though, say that outsourced grading and feedback necessarily ignores the context of the essays:
“An outside grader has no insight into how classroom discussion may have played into what a student wrote in their paper,” says Marilyn Valentino, chair of the board of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and a veteran professor of English at Lorain County Community College. “Are they able to say, ‘Oh, I understand where that came from’ or ‘I understand why they thought that, because Mary said that in class’?”
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This is the 29th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Asian Higher Education Revolution a Long Way Off – University World News This articles gives a description of The Times Higher Education Asian University Rankings, of […]
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By David DeBrot, LSU My son is 7 years old and in Grade 1. His last field trip was to a local kid’s ‘edutainment’ facility entirely themed on occupations and getting them to think about what job they’d like to perform in the future. I felt frustrated – ‘Isn’t 7 a little too early to […]
It’s Tet here in Vietnam. The LSU staff are away in various parts of the world climbing mountains, snorkelling, celebrating the new year and spending time with their families. BUT – the LSU blog doesn’t take a holiday – it just keeps going! This is the eighteenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting […]
This is the sixteenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Millions of Graduates Hold Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree, Report Says - The Chronicle According to the report “Why Are Recent College Graduates […]
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By Matthew Cowan, LSU Followers of innovation in higher education will have by now found it almost impossible to ignore the flurry of discussion Massive Open Online Courses, commonly referred to as MOOCs, has generated recently. MOOCs have been around for a while now, but we’ve begun to pay more attention to them since MIT […]
By David DeBrot, LSU So how many articles have you seen recently on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)? If you haven’t, no worries – here’s what a MOOC is: it’s a university course online. That’s pretty much it. The biggest fish in the pond right now is Coursera – they’ve managed to sign up some […]
By Ian Handsley Ian lives in a small Japanese fishing village with his wife and 4 kids. Just enjoying a spot of house husbandry at the moment, but will be back at the higher-education coal face soon. Higher Education Innovationist and former member of the LSU. I stop passersby in their tracks. I attract the stares […]