Monthly Archives: June 2013

Radically Rethinking Grade School Education

“Indeed, our education system is obsolete. For starters, we are educating students under a system based on industrial-age thinking, where they advance to the next level based on their age, not ability. Some children are naturally good at one subject … Continue reading

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New Tech Invading Classrooms Worldwide

“New technology is poised to disrupt America’s schools, and then the world’s.” http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21580136-new-technology-poised-disrupt-americas-schools-and-then-worlds-catching-last

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The Real Faculty Work Life

“…many professors, like K-12 teachers, are on nine-month salaries.  Although they receive no additional pay, they spend a significant part of each summer catching up with developments in their fields, revising courses they have taught, and preparing new courses.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/collegeprose/2013/06/24/the-hidden-work-life-of-university-faculty/

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The Facts about MOOCs

“By providing free access to anyone with an Internet connection, MOOCs facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to unprecedented numbers of people. Professors are learning a great deal from MOOCs.  Armed with massive amounts of data about the “classroom” performance of … Continue reading

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Remembering Norman Mackenzie

“Norman MacKenzie, who has died aged 91, was a pioneer of open learning and one of the foremost planners of the Open University (OU). He described the year that he and its first vice-chancellor, Walter Perry, spent looking for a name and a … Continue reading

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Best New Universities of 2013

“For the last nine years, Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks the higher ed market, has put out a list of what it deems to be the world’s top universities. Then last year THE decided to issue a new list, of 100 universities … Continue reading

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Top 100 Universities Under 50

“The second annual Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings aim to show a “new breed of global universities – those that have managed to join the world’s best in a matter of decades rather than centuries.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/jun/20/top-100-universities-under-50-ranked

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Better Commericialization of University Research

“Canadian universities spend more than $11-billion a year on research and development – more per capita than U.S. universities – but they are laggards when it comes to “technology transfer,” concludes social scientist Peter Howitt, professor emeritus at Brown University … Continue reading

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Virtual Education for Young Learners

“Educators are working to make sure the technologies elementary students are using are appropriate for their age and highly interactive.” http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2013/06/12/03younglearners.h06.html

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MOOCs level the playing field

“The past few centuries have witnessed revolutions in virtually every area of our world – health, transport, communications and genomics, to name but a few. But not in education. Until now, that is, with the advent of Moocs (massive open … Continue reading

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Foreign Service Officer Strike

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is on strike, resulting in delays and interruptions of service for visa applications. Get your applications in now to minimize lengthy waiting times and backlogs. More info here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp.asp

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Online Learning Furthers Education

“As education continues to be a must for career advancement, online learning is quickly becoming the resource students of all ages and backgrounds turn to. Online learning allows students to take control of their education and decide when and how … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why Virtual Conferences Are Here to Stay

“Virtual conferences are not only an amazing marketing tool, but also a great networking and learning experience for audiences attending them. They are actually fun and engaging, and are environmentally friendly.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michal-tsur/7-reasons-virtual-confere_b_3404249.html

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Millennials Believe Future of Education is Virtual

“Students value the benefits of online learning including balancing work and class, flexibility in assignments and lower costs. “As new modes of online higher education develop and students use technology in greater and greater numbers within and for their academic … Continue reading

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St Lawrence U to launch “Blend Learning Project”

“St. Lawrence University will participate in a “Blended Learning Project” aimed at integrating classroom-style teaching with online resources. The project is part of a group known as the “New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium,” which recently received a $150,000 grant … Continue reading

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Boom in ON Job Creation in May

“The Canadian economy delivered a “jaw-dropping” 95,000 new jobs in May, Statistics Canada reported Friday. Almost all of the jobs were in the highly desirable full-time category, more than half were in Ontario, and even summer students got a break, … Continue reading

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How online education is reinventing college

“The online learning movement, spreading more by the week, will change how tomorrow’s students go to school, who teaches them, and what they learn.” http://news.yahoo.com/online-learning-reinventing-college-161118586.html

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14-year-old to attend McMaster

“Alexandre D’Souza, like other high school students across the GTA, is gearing up for his prom and graduation ceremony and spending the summer excited about embarking on his post-secondary education. But unlike most who are university-bound, D’Souza will be just … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Combining Education and Technology

“Today the economy directs our attention to technology to reduce costs, educate more students, more rapidly, for less money. People speak of revolutionizing higher education and completely changing the way we teach. Technology brings additional information on learning styles and helps assess rapidly what has been … Continue reading

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Virtual Teaching is Gaining Ground

“The education world is not as conservative as it is often seen, with many teachers now using innovative methods based on eLearning, says Christian M. Stracke.” http://www.euractiv.com/innovation-enterprise/university-researcher-virtual-te-interview-528186

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