Leadership and strategy

How do we rescue the reputation of blended learning?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 09/06/2021 - 00:01
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Let’s get the elephant in the room addressed up front: times have changed and a return to “normal” is just not on the cards, not truly.  Blended learning – to a greater or lesser extent – is here to stay. 

So, how do we rescue the reputation of blended learning, which has been battered by students’ experiences of universities’ hasty response to the pandemic and become synonymous with low-quality content?

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To convince students and stakeholders that blended learning is worth the full tuition fee, we need to tell them exactly how it will work, says Russell Crawford
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To convince students and stakeholders that blended learning is worth the full tuition fee, we need to tell them exactly how it will work, says Russell Crawford

Never forget: your course is not only yours

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 08/06/2021 - 00:01
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Let’s start with a question for instructional designers and faculty members: when you last designed a course, how much time did you spend thinking about the role that each element in that course plays in shaping your college or university?

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Too much of our instructional design undershoots the potential of higher education to improve not only individual lives but also the public good, says Robin DeRosa
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Too much of our instructional design undershoots the potential of higher education to improve not only individual lives but also the public good, says Robin DeRosa

How resetting motivations can help faculty achieve better teaching and well-being during challenging times

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 07/06/2021 - 09:00
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Faculty have a marked influence on students’ learning and academic success through their teaching. During the shift from face-to-face to online learning, the importance of the faculty role has become even more salient, with students looking to their instructors for stability, leadership and support during uncertain times.

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Faculty members’ personal motivations impacted their attitudes towards meeting the challenges of the pandemic, and in turn, their well-being and teaching quality, research suggests
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Faculty members’ personal motivations impacted their attitudes towards meeting the challenges of the pandemic, and in turn, their well-being and teaching quality, research suggests

Recognition of academia’s ‘invisible labour’ is long overdue

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 07/06/2021 - 00:01
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Meet Harry. Harry is an assistant professor, no tenure yet − hopefully in a few years. According to his contract, Harry is supposed to spend 60 per cent of his working time teaching and 40 per cent on research. Academic reality, however, tells another story.

In the past two weeks, Harry was part of a hiring committee (which took eight hours), contributed to a report on student evaluations (two hours), peer-reviewed an article (six hours), attended an editorial board meeting (two hours) and had a number of chats with students who needed extra attention (three hours).

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We must ensure that academic citizenship becomes a key part of our job descriptions, on par with teaching, research and management, say Shari Boodts and Fleur Jongepier
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We must ensure that academic citizenship becomes a key part of our job descriptions, on par with teaching, research and management, say Shari Boodts and Fleur Jongepier

Rethinking higher education in Asia post-pandemic: five key trends

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 08:30
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Technology has become indispensable at all levels of education, from kindergarten to universities. In Asia, most higher education institutions embrace a bottom-up teaching approach, which focuses on practices. The past year, with the pandemic, has brought a number of major developments in digital solutions, improving the learning experience and performance.

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Allan Yuen Hoi-kau highlights five trends to look out for as higher education in Asia evolves post-pandemic, and shares tips on striking a balance between technology and learning objectives
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Allan Yuen Hoi-kau highlights five trends to look out for as higher education in Asia evolves post-pandemic, and shares tips on striking a balance between technology and learning objectives

Harnessing technology to support graduate employability

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 21/05/2021 - 16:00
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Academics and graduate recruitment experts discuss how digital education can best be used to support students in gaining the skills they will need in the future workplace
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Academics and graduate recruitment experts discuss how digital education can best be used to support students in gaining the skills they will need in the future workplace

Five big questions about the future of digital education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 20/05/2021 - 17:00
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Four leading academics tackle five questions about online education covering assessment, content creation, data protection, digital natives and the future of universities
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Four leading academics tackle five questions about online education covering assessment, content creation, data protection, digital natives and the future of universities

THE Podcast: Rethinking the internationalisation of higher education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 09:30
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How should international study evolve post-pandemic in order to extend the benefits of higher education to every corner of the globe?
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How should international study evolve post-pandemic in order to extend the benefits of higher education to every corner of the globe?

The educational ‘metaverse’ is coming

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 10/05/2021 - 01:01
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It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the education sector. Approximately 1.6 billion students from 192 countries, or 91 per cent of the world’s student population, have experienced educational disruptions.

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The universities best equipped with digital infrastructure and savvy human resources will emerge as the new leaders − no matter where they are, says Kwang Hyung Lee
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The universities best equipped with digital infrastructure and savvy human resources will emerge as the new leaders − no matter where they are, says Kwang Hyung Lee

Zoom meetings don’t have to be quite so painful

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 05/05/2021 - 01:01
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Love them or loathe them, academic team meetings are part and parcel of the job and, when done well, they can serve up opportunities for strategising, problem-solving, sharing news and galvanising colleagues. However, all too often meetings fall way short of expectations, especially online. Time evaporates and nothing of value is achieved; cue lower attendance, disconnected staff and higher levels of multitasking among those who do turn up (you know you do it).

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While there are no silver bullets, simple actions can be taken to avoid common pitfalls in the design and execution of online team meetings, say Rob Angell and Ben Marder
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While there are no silver bullets, simple actions can be taken to avoid common pitfalls in the design and execution of online team meetings, say Rob Angell and Ben Marder