Chinese Politeness & Education

A really interesting piece about the culture in Chinese universities: Respect, in this instance, simply means having regard for those who know more than them. In the West, putting intellectual pressure on students can be dubbed “bullying”; here in China, they expect you to expect the best of them. In…

Dangers from MOOCs?

Interesting challenges to the standard model of University teaching from MOOCs - needs to be taken seriously: There is a lot of apocalyptic language around at the moment. And not just in higher education: we are, after all, still picking our way through the aftermath of a financial “tsunami”. So…

Changing Models of Higher Education

A number of changes, including increasing numbers studying, implementation of private provision, students paying their own way, new regions driving global competition, and internationalisation are impacting the way that HE works: Private institutions, such as the 308,000-student University of Phoenix's online campus, are taking a lead in creating "hybrid" models,…
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