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What Educators and Policy Makers can Learn from “The Big Fat Surprise”

online learning insights - 24 Julio, 2014 - 21:15
What can educators learn from a book on nutrition science “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” (2014), a book that methodically debunks advice North Americans have been following for years, which is … Continue reading →

Marylhurst Automates Admissions Processes with Enrollment Rx

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 19:54
A 1,400-student university in Portland, OR is moving its administrative work to a cloud-based constituent relationship management program.

UC Irvine Team Studying Crowdprogramming

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 19:23
Two researchers at the University of California Irvine have been awarded $800,000 to continue their exploration of "crowdprogramming."

Cal State Dominguez Hills Saves with Smart Sensor Lighting

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 18:40
As somebody walks down the halls of mixed-use building Welch Hall on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills, ceiling lights automatically illuminate. A few moments later, after the person has passed by, the lights dim again. The result of that little bit of intelligence built into the lighting fixtures is a dramatic reduction in energy usage.

Ed Sector Worse than Others in Virtual Machine Security

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 17:56
Nearly every large organization has experienced some kind of "significant" IT security incident in the last year, such as a phishing attack, compliance policy violation or unsanctioned device or application use. These are some of the findings of a research project done by IDG Connect for ForeScout, a company that sells security products.

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

OLDaily - 24 Julio, 2014 - 17:43

William Deresiewicz,, Jul 24, 2014

As I commented on Twitter the other day, I rarely agree with what I read in New Republic, but this article hits much more than it misses. So while you shouldn't consider this post to be a blanket endorsement of everything in the article, it is certainly recommended. "The more prestigious the school, the more unequal its student body is apt to be," writes William Deresiewicz. And as the selection process bcomes more rigorous it becomes more unequal as parents spend the time and money necessary to position their children for admission. "Elite colleges are not just powerless to reverse the movement toward a more unequal society; their policies actively promote it."

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Chapter 2. The nature of knowledge and the implications for teaching

OLDaily - 24 Julio, 2014 - 17:43

Tony Bates, B.C. Open Textbooks, Jul 24, 2014

This is chapter two of an open textbook being developed by Tony Bates, but I confess that i would have approached the subject matter - the nature of knowledge - very differently. The debates over the yeaars concern less the classification of knowledge and are concerned more about the nature, creation and justification of knowledge. And I'm especially concerned about this conclusion: "What is changing then is not necessarily the nature of academic knowledge, but the nature of everyday knowledge, which is very much influenced by the explosion in communications and networking through the Internet." One of my criticisms of the academic world is that if the nature of academic knowledge is not changing, then it should be changing, and I feel, is changing. And it is changing, not as a direct result of technology, but because of what technology enables (just as astronomical knowledge changed not because we invesnted the telescope but because of what we could see through it).

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Submitting a doctoral thesis on online learning? Some things to keep in mind

OLDaily - 24 Julio, 2014 - 17:43

Tony Bates, online learning and distance edcuation resources, Jul 24, 2014

I can't imagine doing a project in the manner described by Tony Bates, and was well into full-blown scepticism after reading the section on sampling and statistics when I encountered this question: is the PhD process broken? Bates writes, "it is probably the most costly and inefficient academic process in the whole university, riddled with bureaucracy, lack of clarity for students, and certainly in the non-quantitative areas, open to all kinds of challenges regarding the process and standards." For my own part, I take the fact that I could not obtain a PhD at this point without a lengthy 4- or 5-year process to be prima facie evidence that the system is broken.

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Why Your University Needs More Student IT Workers

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 17:30
Student employees account for more than half of Southern Illinois University's IT staff. Here's why the benefits of student labor outweigh the risks.

Building DNA in the Cloud

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 16:30
Penn State researcher Howard Salis created a simple tool for a complex process — DNA sequencing — and turned it into a highly scalable, on-demand system that serves scientists all over the world.

Presentation: Moodle 2.7 – Improvements since 2.6 by @ghenrick

Moodle News - 24 Julio, 2014 - 15:30
Gavin Henrick has a great slide deck over at Some Random Thoughts which focuses on the changes in Moodle, available in 2.7 which have come to pass since 2.6. For any Moodlerooms users out there this...

Oklahoma State U Adds ERP To Improve Student Experience

Campus Technology - 24 Julio, 2014 - 15:00
Oklahoma State University is upgrading its enterprise resource planning system in an effort to improve student experience and reduce operational support.

Formal White Theme now available for 2.7 in the Plugins Database

Moodle News - 24 Julio, 2014 - 14:29
Formal White, perhaps one of the most iconic Moodle themes that’s been removed from what installs with core Moodle, is now available in the plugin repository to install on a Moodle site near...

Rethinking What a 'Traditional' College Education Entails: Five Misconceptions About the Online Learning Experience

Educación flexible y abierta - 24 Julio, 2014 - 09:22

While a few naysayers may remain, online learning models are here to stay and the quality debate between online and campus learning will continue to fade....

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By the numbers

OLDaily - 24 Julio, 2014 - 05:41

Melonie Fullick, University Affairs, Jul 24, 2014

Melonie Fullick writes, "I’ m more interested in the answer to a second, unasked question that’ s implicit in “ does it count?” : count for what? In most cases, it’ s an academic job, one with some security and stability; so whether something counts towards tenure is the point, with all the implications this brings." I think this is a good point. While on the one hand we're facing this irresistable desire to reduce everything to economics (which is the essence of the meaning of 'count') on the other hand we're witnessing tensions in the area of goals and objectives.

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Bill Gates Talks Performance Funding and MOOCs in Conference Keynote

OLDaily - 24 Julio, 2014 - 05:41

Don Troop, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jul 24, 2014

Bill Gates talks about education and everyone listens (one of these days I'd like to go to Redmond to talk to MS face-to-face about these topics). Still, some good bits: like this: "My key message today is that that model will be under challenge. And so, instead of tuning it to find 3 percent here or 4 percent there, which has been the story in the past, there will be dramatic changes." See also IHE coverage. : "He described as 'oversimplistic' the view that higher education is just about getting a job with a certain salary' - 'Citizenship, developing deeper understanding, other things, are all important,' he said."

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$1 Million Grant Funds STEM Camps Across Texas Colleges

Campus Technology - 23 Julio, 2014 - 22:00
As part of a $1 million grant, 14 Texas universities and community colleges are receiving funds for high-tech STEM camps to help prepare students for future careers in aerospace, biotechnology, IT, and more.

CCSF Update: Accreditation appeal denied, but waiting for court date

e-Literate - 23 Julio, 2014 - 21:30

It looks like I’ll have the California trifecta for the past week, having already posted on Cal State and University of California news recently. Maybe I should find a Stanford or some other private university story.

In my last post on CCSF from January:

Last week, as expected, a California superior court judge ruled on whether to allow the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)  to end accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF) as of July 31, 2014. As reported inmultiple news outlets, the judge granted an injunction preventing ACCJC from stripping CCSF’s accreditation at least until a court trial based on the city of San Francisco lawsuit, which would occur in the summer 2014 at the earliest. This means that CCSF will stay open for at least another academic term (fall 2014), and it is possible that ACCJC would have to redo their accreditation review.

 In the meantime, ACCJC reviewed CCSF’s appeal of the accrediting decision, and ACCJC is sticking to its guns on the decision, as described in the San Francisco Chronicle:

City College of San Francisco remains out of compliance with eight accreditation standards, so the threat to revoke its accreditation stands, said the commission that set July 31 for the action that would shut the college down.

Accreditation won’t be revoked on that date, however, because a judge delayed the deadline until an October trial can determine if the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges properly conducted its 2012 evaluation of City College.

In other words, ACCJC has changed its determination that CCSF should lose accreditation. There are only two caveats at this point:

  • The injunction that prevents ACCJC from revoking accreditation until the October court date; and
  • A new loophole called “restoration status”.

From the SF Chronicle again:

Besides pinning its hopes on the lawsuit – which could trigger a completely new evaluation – the college has one more option, made possible in June when the U.S. Department of Education firmly explained to the reluctant commission that it had the power to extend the revocation deadline.

As a result of that intervention, the commission created a new “restoration status” for City College – and any other college that finds itself in such a precarious position – giving it two more years to improve and comply with a new range of requirements.

City College would have to apply for the new status by July 31.

But Phil, you say, I am fascinated by the accreditation review process and want more! To keep you going, here is the letter from ACCJC to CCSF rejecting the appeal. In the letter ACCJC calls out the areas where CCSF is still not in compliance:

I.B   Improving Institutional Effectiveness

II.A  Instructional Programs

II.B  Student Support Services

II.C  Library and Learning Support Services

III.B Physical Resources

III.C Technology Resources

III.D Financial Resources

IV.B Board and Administrative Organization

For historical context of how we got here, see this post.

The high-profile game of Chicken continues.

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