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College. Nextgen. Distanceeducation. AFT FACE - The Part-time Worker. Views: Time to Close the College? I spent most of my career working with dozens of small colleges, many of which seem to be in a constant struggle with survival. The experience had left me fearing that some of them were so close to the edge that the current economic crisis could send them over it. To try to gain some insight, I studied four colleges that had closed after 100-year-plus histories to try to identify when it is time for institutions to close and the steps they can take to close with grace. The complete report will be published in the future by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, but I’d like to share some of the conclusions I reached in this essay. When I mentioned my examination of the four closed colleges, a number of colleagues assumed I was trying to find a way to help colleges keep from closing.

But I am not among the many who believe that every college must exist in perpetuity. The History Even the exercise of developing strategic plans did not seem to have helped any of the four colleges. Advice for Others. ECONOMICS - The Learning Network Blog. Video One example of the new Science Take video series. As our regular readers know, the mission of this blog is to find New York Times content suitable for teaching and learning — then, via lesson plans, writing prompts, quizzes and more, suggest ways for teachers to use it. In the course of our daily scavenging, we naturally pay close attention to the sections and features that most people think of first when they think “New York Times”: breaking news, Op-Eds and editorials, reviews, multimedia and photojournalism, important special reports and, increasingly, video.

But we also regularly search a number of other, less well-known features of the paper that reliably yield curricular gold. Below, we’ve compiled our essential list, categorized by subject area. How do you use these features? Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. Academic Repression video on YouTube! Academic Repression video on YouTube! By kate | February 8, 2011 I love it when authors email me and say, “Hey Kate, here’s a YouTube video I just made for my book!”

I wish it happened more often … if anybody out there is looking for a way to volunteer some time to help AK Press out, we have tons of great books that would love to have their own promotional videos! And sadly, I have neither time nor skills to produce them … Email me if you do! In the meantime, check out this one that Anthony Nocella, co-editor of Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex, just sent me: And, if you’re in the Baltimore area, don’t miss Anthony’s talk at Red Emma’s this Friday, February 11, at 7:30PM. Anthony Nocella on Academic Freedom and RepressionFriday, February 11 | 7:30PM | @ Red Emma’s Enough is enough!

Be Sociable, Share! Technorati Links Topics: Uncategorized | No Comments » Comments You must be logged in to post a comment. Online Forum Takes Notes on Note Taking. People seem to have their own systems when it comes to keeping the minutiae of everyday life in order—jotting down lists in a Moleskine, tapping reminders into an iPhone, papering cubicles with Post-its, you name it. While most people pay little attention to the disposable reminders that get them through the day, a group of media scholars with the New Everyday—a blog-journal hybrid set up by the digital scholarly network MediaCommons—has opened up an investigation into how those notes are created and used in contemporary life.

"A note can be anything," said Shannon Mattern, an assistant professor at the New School who has been curating the discussion on note taking. "We were asking, 'What is the category of thought that warrants a note if a note can take on so many different material forms? '" The investigation, entitled "Notes, Lists, and Everyday Inscriptions," is being hosted online as a "cluster" of expert commentary and back-and-forth discussion by the New Everyday.

Ms. Online Course Construction Gets a 'Do-It-Yourself' Web Site - Wired Campus. A new player entered the field of open online education last week: Nixty, a Web site that allows any user to take and create courses for free. The new learning platform started up with over 200 course offerings culled from open-source content already available online, such as courses from the Khan Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s OpenCourseWare Project. Nixty’s users have begun developing about 120 new courses since its launch, said Glen Moriarty, the company’s chief executive.

Nixty comes with all the trappings of most course-management systems: a grade book, testing, discussion boards. Mr. Other sites exist that put together the open-source educational materials available, said David Wiley, an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University. Students can ask other users questions, and instructors can collaborate to improve their teaching materials, Mr. Mr. So far, public activity on the site is minimal. Return to Top. Connectivism & Connective Knowledge. [Home] [Discussion] [Wiki] [The Daily Archives] [Blog] [Live Sessions] [Recordings] [About] December 10, 2010 PLENK 2010: Were You a Lurker or an Active Participant?

NRC researchers would like to invite Active Participants in PLENK2010 to fill out a survey on their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course. Active participants include learners who actively contributions to discussion forums in the course Moodle, blogs, twitter, social networking sites, and in the sharing and production of artifacts. Also, NRC researchers would like to invite PLENK2010 Lurkers to fill out a survey on their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course. The research team thanks you in advance for your invaluable contribution to the research! Facilitator Posts To view the entire blog post, click on the title of the post, and you'll be taken to the blog post itself. Discussion Posts Each week, PLENK moves to a new weekly discussion forum.

Delicious Links Links from the shared bookmarking site delicious. Views: Lessons at a Video Game Convention. Grand Theft Auto. America’s Army. Spore. The Sims. Chain Factor. Halo. Guitar Hero. We are entrepreneurship professors at a very entrepreneurial institution, Babson College. Be careful what questions you pose in life because our view of the world has been dramatically altered after embarking on an “expedition” to answer the question. We must confess; we are not gamers. We learned about the human-interest sides of the gaming industry, such as a sign of experience, and therefore status, is not only wearing jeans and T-shirts but also wearing GDC shirts from previous conferences.

Gaming is serious business both economically and socially. But for the sake of argument we must consider the corollary. We learned that lines between the real world and virtual worlds are blurring. Gaming, serious and casual alike, can promote a culture of empathy. The necessity of collaboration was ubiquitous. Some say bypassing a higher education is smarter than paying for a degree. Across the region and around the country, parents are kissing their college-bound kids -- and potentially up to $200,000 in tuition, room and board -- goodbye Especially in the supremely well-educated Washington area, this is expected. It's a rite of passage, part of an orderly progression toward success. Or is it . . . herd mentality?

Hear this, high achievers: If you crunch the numbers, some experts say, college is a bad investment. "You've been fooled into thinking there's no other way for my kid to get a job . . . or learn critical thinking or make social connections," hedge fund manager James Altucher says. Altucher, president of Formula Capital, says he sees people making bad investment decisions all the time -- and one of them is paying for college.

College is overrated, he says: In most cases, what you get out of it is not worth the money, and there are cheaper and better ways to get an education. Higher Education 2.0 - Home. 8 Engaging Videos Advocating Better Integration of Technology in Education. These inspiring, insightful videos make the case for stepping up the integration of technology in today’s classrooms As an advocate of the use of Internet technologies in education, my fundamental goal is to inspire instructors and other members of the educational community to embrace the use of these technologies in today’s educational process. I’ve attempted to make the case myself in a couple previous blog posts, such as the popular 5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies and 10 Internet technologies that educators should be informed about.

Of course, many others have made the case as well (and generally done so in a more captivating manner) as the videos below will attest. Anyone who cares about this topic will be moved by some of these videos, and anyone who hasn’t been sold yet owes it to themselves (and the students they help to educate) to view at least a few of these, and be inspired to embrace today’s technologies in (and out of) the classroom. Navigating the Digital Landscape. Why Johnny Can’t Tweet. Should Social Media Be Taught In Primary School? Interesting news comes out of the UK about a possible change in primary school educational priorities, shifting attention and resources from subjects like history and math in favor of what might be called Web 2.0 1.0. Britain’s Daily Mail reported March 25 “primary schools could ditch traditional lessons in favour of teaching children how to use social networking sites such as Twitter,” under a proposal made by “Sir Jim Rose following a request from Children's Secretary Ed Balls.”

The Mail goes on to report that a leaked draft of the proposal was branded in some circles as “dangerous,” “and an assault on knowledge, while critics said children were accustomed to using modern media at home and needed no encouragement at school.” Living in the Post-Fact Era We are living in what some have referred to as the “post-fact era.” There is more than one way to teach even what we think of as fact-based subjects. What Is the “Best” Kind of Curriculum?