ID and Other Reflections online learning insights We Can't Teach Students to Love Reading By Alan Jacobs While virtually anyone who wants to do so can train his or her brain to the habits of long-form reading, in any given culture, few people will want to. And that's to be expected. Serious "deep attention" reading has always been and will always be a minority pursuit, a fact that has been obscured in the past half-century, especially in the United States, by the dramatic increase in the percentage of the population attending college, and by the idea (only about 150 years old) that modern literature in vernacular languages should be taught at the university level. At the beginning of the 20th century, perhaps 2 percent of Americans attended a university; now the number is closer to 70 percent (though only about 30 percent get bachelor's degrees). The extreme reader, to coin a phrase, is a rare bird indeed. Those are my tribe, but they are few. Perhaps it isn't anyone's fault. So what did those poor deluged people do? Alan Jacobs is a professor of English at Wheaton College.
The Whiteboard Blog | Supporting the use of technology in the classroom Edutech for Teachers Education Management Corporation Accused of Widespread Fraud While the civil lawsuit is one of many raising similar charges against the expanding for-profit college industry, the case is the first in which the government intervened to back whistle-blowers’ claims that a company consistently violated federal law by paying recruiters based on how many students it enrolled. The suit said that each year, Education Management falsely certified that it was complying with the law, making it eligible to receive student financial aid. “The depth and breadth of the fraud laid out in the complaint are astonishing,” said Harry Litman, a lawyer in Pittsburgh and former federal prosecutor who is one of those representing the two whistle-blowers whose 2007 complaints spurred the suit. Education Management, which is based in Pittsburgh and is 41 percent owned by Goldman Sachs, enrolls about 150,000 students in 105 schools operating under four names: Art Institute, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University.
Challenge by Choice with Tiered Instruction and Assessment SHIFT eLearning Blog Gefahren fremdfinanzierter Professuren « erlebt In Zeiten knapper Kassen sind fremdfinanzierte Professuren für eine Hochschule verlockend. Unproblematisch sind sie aber nicht immer. Private Stiftungen, öffentliche Förderprogramme, Forschungseinrichtungen und Unternehmen finanzieren gelegentlich Professuren. Die Erwartung von privaten Stiftungen oder öffentlichen Förderprogrammen ist meist, dass nach einer Anfangsfinanzierung – typischerweise für fünf Jahre – der Professur durch die Stiftung oder das Förderprogramm die Hochschule aus eigenen Mitteln die Professur dauerhaft unterhält. Forschungseinrichtungen wie etwa die Fraunhofer Gesellschaft finanzieren gelegentlich Professuren an Hochschulen mit dem Zeil, dass ein ihrer Mitarbeiter berufen wird und in Zukunft neben seiner Tätigkeit an der Hochschule weiterhin an der Forschungseinrichtung tätig bleibt. Was tun? Tags: Ethik, Wissenschaftsethik
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Applying Psychology to Understand How People Think, Work, and Relate The eLearning Guild Education Database Online Blog Is Apple Still a Game Changer in Education? The words "Apple" and "innovation" often go hand in hand, but the tech giant has been less dominant in education than it has been in other areas. While the iPad has continued to change the way many classrooms function, Apple's once-leading online education platform, iTunes U, is now left out of most discussions about online learning and OpenCourseWare. In the 1970s, when mainframe computers had a monopoly on academic research, Apple started donating Apple 1 computers to schools. Today, though, the field is so varied that Apple has had a harder time making the waves in education it once did. Apple's Bright Spots One of the biggest things to come out of Apple in the last few years is the iPad. Many schools across the nation have implemented one-to-one programs where each student is provided with an iPad to use for their schoolwork. Students can download apps for each class, create presentations, and access information from anywhere. Falling Behind