By Ry Rivard

Five private colleges go to Arizona seeking students. So far, most are disappointed.

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By Allie Grasgreen

The full National Labor Relations Board said it will review a regional decision allowing Northwestern football players to unionize. Today’s union vote will proceed, but the ballots will be impounded.

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By Colleen Flaherty

A Brown professor says she’s sorry for unintentional plagiarism in her book, but that the thoughts were hers. While some in her department have expressed dismay, others say it’s a mistake all too easily made.

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By Allie Grasgreen

Under a new governance structure endorsed by Division I leaders, universities in the five biggest conferences would be free to make their own rules to spend more money on athletes, and players and athletic directors would have unprecedented voting rights.

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By By THE LEARNING NETWORK This word has appeared in 69 New York Times articles in the past year.

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By Joshua Kim

A cautionary lesson?

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By GradHacker

A few ways dealing with disability may help prepare you for graduate school

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Tony Bates,
online learning, distance edcuation resources,
April 24, 2014


(The retired?) Tony Bates attended the Open Textbook summit and came away with five lessons, including this most important one: “Adoption by faculty and instructors remains a major challenge. Diane Salter from Kwantlen Polytechnic University stated that there needs to be an institutional strategy for open textbooks and open educational resources, to raise awareness and get buy-in from faculty.” I’ve had commentators (eg. Jonathon Rees (who has otherwise been very nice to me)) wonder aloud in the past why I sometimes appear so hostile to professors. Well, this sort of thing gets my goat – the overwhelming evidence that the professors don’t care, not about student costs, not about institutional costs, not about anything, apparently, except their role as the leaders of academia.

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Phil Hill,
e-Literate,
April 24, 2014


Very lightweight interview with Richard Levin by Charlie Rose, with transcript provided by Phil Hill. Maybe Levin is just being cagey, but it’s not clear to me he actually knows what the product, the differentiators and the issues are. Like this: “EdX is open source software, which some of the computer science types like that – it means they can play with it, they can add to the features on their own. But we’ re developing interfaces that will allow faculty to add features as well.” Does he mean modules, apps, APIs (like Coursera just offered)? Does he even know?

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By Carol Lloyd

Guest blogger Carol Lloyd, Executive Director at GreatSchools, shares five great gift suggestions for parents who want to join forces in giving their children’s teachers something truly unforgettable.

Months before May 6, Teacher Appreciation Day, you watch your child’s teacher corral 33 high-strung kids onto a bus for yet another magically-funded field trip. She seats Bella (who loses her Frosted Flakes at the first hairpin turn) up front, and gives Ryan (whose special-ed aid called in sick) his favorite audiobook for the long ride. You think, “This year, Teacher Appreciation Day is going to be different. This year, this incredible woman will know how dearly she is loved.”

That was months ago. Now Teacher Appreciation Day is fast approaching, and all you know is that you are bringing potato salad to the teacher’s lunch.

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Source: Edutopia

    

By Rosemarie Emanuele

Staying in touch with a friend from grad school.

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By Kim Dabbs

Youth arts program administrator and guest blogger Kim Dabbs describes an after-school program in which teens used design thinking to create a mobile app for engaging young people in revitalizing their city’s core area.

That computer mouse that fits so nicely in your hand, the way your iPhone reacts to your creative way of spelling, the “so simple why didn’t I think of that?” processes you encounter every day — these are the result of design thinking, a sequential process embraced by innovative companies and entrepreneurs. Design thinking, or human-centered design, is an empowering way to solve problems and design products and solutions by starting with discovery, moving on to ideation and rapid prototyping, then testing, and finally execution.

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Source: Edutopia

    

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Various authors,
Open Education Europa,
April 24, 2014


Worth a look: “EMMA will provide a system for the delivery of free, open, online courses in multiple languages from different European universities to help preserve Europe’ s rich cultural, educational and linguistic heritage and to promote real cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning.”

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Gerry Grealish,
Cloud Computing Journal,
April 24, 2014


“Perhaps it is a result of the often discussed ‘Snowden Effect,’” writes Gerry Grealish, “but no one can deny that countries and regions are putting some strict guidelines in place to ensure privacy of sensitive data that is moving outside of their borders.” This article looks at three such guidelines. Canada has additional guidelines. Businesses and educational services working internationally must take note. You can’t just shove all your data into AWS and be compliant.

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By Elena Aguilar

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar offers up five lessons to use with school staff and faculty for building emotional awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

In my last blog I made the case for social emotional learning (SEL) for all — for children, teachers, administrators, coaches, and all other staff working in and with schools. I promised suggestions for how this could be done in schools. The following lessons can be taken up by an entire staff or by an individual and are intended to build emotional awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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Source: Edutopia

    

By Tracy Mitrano

What does the F.C.C.’s shift on net neutrality mean for higher education?

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By By MICHAEL GONCHAR

We’re publishing one of the Top 10 winners of our Student Editorial Contest each day. This essay is by Edgar Hu.

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By By SHANNON DOYNE

“The Salutation” by Thomas Traherne and the Well blog post “Ah, There’s Nothing Like New Baby Smell” by Douglas Quenqua appear in this Poetry Pairing.

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By Mary Beth Hertz

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

Just this week, I asked some of my non-educator Facebook friends to tell me what responses they get when they describe what they do for a living. Overall, the consensus fell into one of these categories:

  1. People don’t really understand what the job is and ask exactly what it entails.
  2. People already know what the job is and ask for advice or a favor, or start telling the person all about their experiences or opinion with that career or about their friend who is in the same field.

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Erin Griffith,
CNN.com – Money,
April 24, 2014


People forget about CodeAcademy when they talk about MOOCs, but it was earlier than most and, with 24 million users, larger than most. It has distanced itself (quite rightly) from the xMOOCs offered at Stanford and elsewhere. “The problem with MOOCs, according to Codecademy founder Zach Sims, is that they simply try to replicate the offline learning experience. The web presents the opportunity to learn in an entirely new way, he says.” Quite so. This year it will begin monetizing, not by selling certificates to students, but by matching students with jobs (circumventing the whole certification process entirely). When you stop thinking that you’re a university, a world of opportunity opens up to you.

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By By MICHAEL GONCHAR

Should public universities be allowed to use race and ethnicity as factors in deciding who is admitted?

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By By MICHAEL GONCHAR

When have you had an interesting internship? Would you want to specialize in professional diving in high school if you had the opportunity?

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By By SHANNON DOYNE Can you choose the word pair that best completes the sentences from the article?

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By Scott Jaschik

Study finds faculty members more likely to respond to inquiries from prospective graduate students who are white males. Business faculty appear to most favor white men, while humanities and fine arts professors do so the least.

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By Ry Rivard

Pitzer’s decision to divest some — but not yet all — of its fossil fuel holdings challenges assumptions about college’s obligation to grow their endowment funds.

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By David Matthews for Times Higher Education

Princess asks whether the university is too focused on attracting international students.

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By Ry Rivard

A new study, based on interviews with 35 female college leaders, shows how women are discouraged but can encourage other women.

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By Ry Rivard

Do Americans have a more nuanced view of higher ed reform than the politicians they elect? Perhaps, says a new survey.

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By By THE LEARNING NETWORK This word has appeared in 337 New York Times articles in the past year.

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By Barbara Fister

How big business broke the Internet.

Source: Inside Higher Ed Blogs