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…

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…

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…

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,…
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