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Oxford to pilot scheme to outline shape of structures with poles before granting of planning permission
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“I can’t read my own handwriting,” the young woman explained. “It’s best if I take a picture of your writing so I can understand the notes.”
Taking a picture does indeed record the information, but it omits some of the necessary mental engagement that taking notes employs. So can the two be equally effective?
The answer to that question is difficult to gauge, and short of hooking up students to electrodes and monitoring their brain waves as they take pictures or write notes, I’m not sure how to measure the neurological efficacy of either method. For now, I allow students to take notes however they see fit—handwritten, typed, voice-recorded, or photographed—because I figure that some notes, no matter the method of documentation, are better than none.
Hampton found that, rather than isolating people, technology made them more connected. “It turns out the wired folk — they recognized like three times as many of their neighbors when asked,” Hampton said. Not only that, he said, they spoke with neighbors on the phone five times as often and attended more community events. Altogether, they were much more successful at addressing local problems, like speeding cars and a small spate of burglaries.
On Tuesday, January 21 (3:30 - 5:00 p.m.) , the Learning Spaces Collaboratory presents the first in series of four webinars focusing on the campus as an ecosystem of learning spaces--beginning with attention to common spaces, defined as spaces that are agile and flexible enough to accommodate learners in groups large and small, before, after, and sometimes during scheduled class periods; those welcoming and transparent enough to shape a community of learners; spaces giving students authority to own their learning, their spaces for learning.
Also from the LSC, its new guide (pdf, free) is a must-download for SCUPers and anyone else with an interest in learning environments: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners.
Titled, "Curating the Campus":
As with any exhibition, unifying elements, when emphasized, provide greater understanding of the whole. For higher education strategic planning, those elements can be grouped into the "salient six" themes that articulate and address today's challenges:
An ACE Fellow studies the strategic planning processes of 60 institutions, finding "six salient themes" which will resonate with most SCUPers. SCUP members contributed to the research: "The six salient themes identified in "Curating the Campus" were also informed by panel discussions, lectures, and working groups held at the NACUBO, EDUCAUSE, SCUP, AAC&U, and COPLAC national conferences."
Six years ago, CUNY decided to confront the high dropout rate at its community colleges with the ASAP initiative. The results are stunning: 56 percent of the first two cohorts of more than 1,500 students have graduated, compared with just 23 percent of a comparable group that didn’t have the same experience. What’s more, most of those graduates are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Over the past month, CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) has garnered hosannas in the media for its package of comprehensive financial resources, student support systems and impressive graduation rates. The social policy leader MDRC is conducting a multiyear random-assignment study of ASAP and, in a just-released report, describes it as “unparalleled in large-scale experimental evaluations of programs in higher education to date.”
Tags: Students, Retention, Student Services, North Atlantic, NY, Community Colleges
For one, they may require continuing maintenance to remain useful and accessible.
Build the costs into the planning?
1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.
2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.
3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.
What a great list! Make sure to follow all the links!
In theory, students saddled by rising debt and unable to tap into the best schools would be able to take free classes from rock star professors at elite schools via Udacity, edX, Coursera and other MOOC platforms.
But if 2012 was the "Year of the MOOC," as The New York Times famously called it, 2013 might be dubbed the year that online education fell back to earth. Faculty at several institutions rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning — and the nation's largest MOOC providers are responding.
During the holidays, Eric Westervelt covered the year in online education quite well. Sebastian Thrun: "Online education that leaves almost everybody behind except for highly motivated students, to me, can't be a viable path to education. We look back at our early work and realize it wasn't quite as good as it should have been. We had so many moments for improvement."
As legislative sessions begin anew, flat budgets and institutional accountability will dominate the discussion.
Eric Kelderman writes that "a new reality has set in about what [can be expected] from state" budgets.
The comments section has many good faculty POVs.:
So we did a little brainstorming. Here are some of things that were suggested in the very short time available (10 minutes or so):
This post by former SCUP plenary speaker Tony Bates received the 2013 Downes Prize for online learning & distance education resources. SCUPers will find it insightful and practical. At the Downes Prize link there are a number of worthwhile runners-up.
The key, then, is how a school’s material identity advances its intellectual mission. As with any large institution, one imagines that the building of a university begins with a master plan. However, when the goal is to foster intellectual work and community, the concept of a master plan must be expanded to include distinctly intellectual components. For example, academic buildings often physically symbolize the type of scholarly exploration and research that takes place therein. Administrative centers, on the other hand, anchor the more idealistic work taking place in the lecture and science wings. At the same time, individual buildings can function collectively as didactic forums for the public, demonstrating such principles as energy and water-use efficiencies. Lastly, the circulation between the buildings themselves is important. Open green space, for instance, can accommodate crowds, lectures, and even protests, providing a counterpoint to the more stately, processional routes that crisscross a campus.
In Metropolis, Sherin Wing begins a series featuring campus planning and planners.The first part focuses on UCLA and UC San Diego and includes insights from SCUPers Jeffrey Averill (UCLA) and Boone Hellmann (UCSD).
A Midwestern state university budgeted about $12 million for a major addition to its library several years ago. At the time, there was not a tightly controlled project planning process at the institution and the library’s plaza—already a major central gathering space on campus—was not included in the project budget.
SCUPer Phillip S. Waite of Utah State University is a major source for this excellent article. His book, A Non-Architect's Guide to Major Capital Projects, is published by SCUP.
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
If you’re not the one who’s controlling your learning— you’re not going to learn as well:
Paloma raised her hand.
“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”
Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.
“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said. …
The jobs were there, but the skilled workers were not. That’s why Cumberland County College formed a partnership with local industries to train unemployed workers for in-demand manufacturing jobs in the region.
In 1966, a British planner called Maurice Broady came up with a new term for the architectural lexicon: architectural determinism.
Research, information and detailed awareness into skill gaps and labor market demand—could be useful to know.
Sigelman adds a deep insight into the dialogue and the inextricable link between higher education and the economic well-being of New England. His firm, Burning Glass, provides detailed, real-time information about what’s happening in the labor market to educators, policymakers, students and job seekers. It generates this intelligence by collecting and “reading”—using sophisticated text-mining algorithms—tens of millions of online job postings. As a result, the firm’s data support the analysis of emerging skills and the changing job landscape.
Another addition to this great series of interviews, New Directions for Higher Education, from the New England Journal of Higher Education.
"Many people in higher education complain about the increasing burdens of regulation, with some insisting that it has driven administrative bloat, but the exact toll on colleges remains a mystery. That’s because very few colleges have bothered to measure the cost of compliance in dollars or employee time, because that task is too complicated or too costly in itself.
But it may be time that some colleges tried. "
Hartwick College "employees spend about 7,200 hours on compliance reporting, at a cost of about $300,000 to the institution. Just over 100 Hartwick employees and six Aramark contractors working for Hartwick have some role in compliance tasks. In some cases.
'Frankly, some of it we’re doing to ourselves,' president Drugovich said. 'The largest portion of labor hours is not spent on federal regulation, but it is spent on NCAA.'”
It’s not just presidents who are being held to performance measures to get bonuses and raises. Nineteen percent of provosts and 18 percent of chief financial officers at private universities and colleges are, too, Yaffe & Company reports. In Texas, the new incentive pay plan includes vice chancellors.
The landscape of higher ed reveals a trend toward higher ed executive, especially presidential, bonuses tied to measures of performance such as cost savings, growth in research grants, fundraising, graduation rates and more. This resource examines that trend using, as a case study, John O’Donnell, president of Massachusetts Bay Community College.
I find it kind of troubling that college presidents have there salary partially based on the graduation rates of students. especially since students come and go, but a president can't MAKE them staqy, when someone wants to leave a college they will because it is a descision made by a person, I find this to be important because If I end up going to a college that does this I dont want to be swayed to stay for some other persons salary
Sheryl Grant, an expert on badges ... said the badging work done by Normoyle and others at UC-Davis is the most interesting she’s seen in higher education. Grant has helped administer30 badging projects that won a contest and received support from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
“They really are solving for something that the current credential system is not doing,” says Grant, adding that Normoyle and company are doing so without “upsetting the apple cart” by tossing out the degree.
Grant predicts that UC-Davis’s approach is one other colleges will copy. That’s because, she says, they used a rigorous process to create a badging system grounded in the values of the institution, faculty, students and employers.
The end result, Grant says, is a “data visualization and recommendation system” that is “going to scale really well.”
Not everybody is sold on badges, however. One reason is that anyone can award one, raising questions about quality control.
Peter Stokes is executive director of postsecondary innovation in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He’s supportive of the concept behind badges, and thinks there are no real technical obstacles to making them work. But Stokes remains skeptical of badges having a major impact on higher education, at least for now.
“The big challenge with the badge is to create currency in the market,” Stokes says.
In coming years, the approach will make possible a new generation of artificial intelligence systems that will perform some functions that humans do with ease: see, speak, listen, navigate, manipulate and control. That can hold enormous consequences for tasks like facial and speech recognition, navigation and planning, which are still in elementary stages and rely heavily on human programming.
A harbinger of another wave of transformation.