Virtually It's Our Best Shot @timeshighered

Interesting story. E-learning allows universities to reach more people, to improve their teaching and, potentially, to keep costs down. It also offers a way forward for the Western academy, argues John Hennessy No topic in higher education is more hotly debated today than online education. Much of the conversation and speculation revolves around "massive open online courses" (MOOCs), on which hundreds of thousands of students have enrolled. But MOOCs are just one part of a…

Live Chat with @GdnHigherEd

In my efforts to declutter & streamline, I totally missed the following 'live chat' on Guardian Higher Education (thanks to Justine Mortimer for bringing it to my attention), seeking to find effective ways for social media to be used in HE, rather than just leading to fatigue: Matt Silverman writes for Mashable: "When it comes to higher ed, there are not only opportunities for digital learning, but digital marketing too." Social media can allow universities…

The need for Universities to engage (properly) with social media

A great story in the pull out on the World University Rankings in Times Higher Education, encouraging universities to move properly into the digital age. The increased importance of brands has been paralleled by rapid growth in the channels of information that shape reputation and transmit brands. Social media outlets have proliferated, diversifying the ways information is spread. There are live chats, blogs, interactive bookmarking and video sharing. All can and do shape reputations. Universities…

Universities: Valuable Social Impact! #LoveHE

The social impact of universities over and above their direct economic contribution to the UK is worth £1.31 billion a year, a report published as part of Universities Week says. The attempt to quantify the sector's unseen value takes into account such factors as health and well-being, "citizenship" and political engagement. Compiled for Universities UK by the new economics foundation (NEF), the report, Degrees of value: how universities benefit society, measures the "social return on investment"…

The Assault on Universities…

Hundreds of academics, writers and other campaigners from across the world have signed a "manifesto" calling on the coalition government and UK universities to reverse policies that they say are leading to the commercialisation of higher education. The itemised petition, created as part of a new book by two academics on the impact of the government's reforms, calls for public spending to be brought in line with other European countries and asks for an end…