Great Video from @RealDMitchell Re: University Purpose

Think this is well put, about the need for University to be about more than being a cog in the working line: If you’re going, and worrying about the fees – check out Martin Lewis’s guidance. H/T to @sallyhitchener for sharing. drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share it…

Book Review: Higher Education in the Digital Age

This looks interesting, addressing a number of issues (MOOCs, etc) that are highly current, although the focus appears to be on maintaining elitism: What we call widening participation or access to higher education in the UK is not a central concern of this debate; rather it is about how higher education can contribute to the increased productivity of both elite higher education and the subsequent labour markets – both of which, of course, are already Continue Reading →

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 fact, most of my students are highly competitive, keen to demonstrate their aptitude for learning as well as their attitude to learning. It is a Continue Reading →

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 it was timely for the authors of a recent report on the challenges facing our own sector to couch their analysis in terms of an Continue Reading →

University Social Media Untrustworthy?

Considering that many marketing departments in Universities are still influenced by those who found their feet in old media, am not too surprised by this… social media is all about relationships/building trust…: Prospective students are keen to engage with their university through social media channels, with one fifth of students saying that universities don’t make enough use of social media in recruitment, which meant they currently didn’t expect or look for information there. What’s more, Continue Reading →

Internal Communications

Interesting piece on the need to keep staff informed internally – always something that we’ve talked about in the age of social media – if you want people to tweet good stuff about your organisation, they’ve got to feel a sense of ownership/involvement in it (aka not just ‘nice glossy newsletters from top-down’) – and also need to know the good stuff (but also a recognition that those ‘up top’ understand the down stuff too): Continue Reading →

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, which offer degree programmes through both online platforms and traditional campuses, while prestigious institutions such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are Continue Reading →

Brazilian Universities on the Up!

I have a serious soft-spot for Brazil – having lived there for around 6 months, and had a return visit since – so really interested to see this story about the rise of Brazilian Universities: The University of São Paulo is the top-ranked Latin American institution in the 2012-13 Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings, at 158, and it is the oldest university in Brazil. Its leafy campus in the city is so huge that staff move Continue Reading →