Online Learning: Not Second Class

Excellent piece in the Guardian today about how ‘online learning’ is not ‘second class’, but how it really aids learning in the 21st century: That’s something I share in common with my students. They aren’t unusual either. They just choose to study online because the flexibility suits them. Online higher education means students can combine education with employment – often fast-tracking their careers as a result – or fit study around family commitments. These students Continue Reading →

Brilliant Presentation by @timbuckteeth

Researching Social Media in Education: What can we learn? View more PowerPoint from Steve Wheeler Such a good presentation, it made it to the front page of Slideshare! Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

Are Universities aware of open-learning models?

“Open learning and new technology are about to smash the structure of the modern university – and higher education is too distracted by its funding problems to notice. Peter Smith, the senior vice-president of academic strategies and development for private US firm Kaplan Higher Education, said online access to university courses would end the model of higher education based on “scarcity” of places. “Faculty and people who run universities are no longer in control,” he Continue Reading →

You want to go to the library at 3am?

The University of Bath pioneered all-day opening during term-time when its library was refurbished in 1996. Gavin Rea, the deputy librarian, said that for the past two years “it has been open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, as many overseas students are unable to go home for Christmas”. Since the library security desk doubles as the university reception, and there is sometimes only a single member of staff on duty, the Continue Reading →

The Culture of the Class of 2014

US college list claims to get under the cultural skin of the Class of 2014. Sarah Cunnane reports Scholars wishing to keep their finger on the pulse – or simply to avoid being seen as an old relic by their students – have been given a helping hand by US academics. Beloit College has released its annual “Mindset List” to help lecturers stay on top of the cultural references that will and will not resonate Continue Reading →