The LSU Top 5 #17

This is the seventeenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

A New World – Times Higher Education

Amidst dramatic economic and demographic change, the author explores the top five trends driving major and lasting changes in Higher Education.

About the boom in undergraduate study:

‘(An) implication of mass participation is increasing inequality within higher education systems…This doesn’t mean the Harvards and Oxfords are of lower quality, but the difference between Oxford and institutions at the bottom of the hierarchy will be greater, and institutions at the bottom will make up a larger proportion of enrolments.’


Online Class on How To Teach Online Classes Goes Laughably Awry – Slate

The article describes a recent Coursera course on how to teach online courses (with over 40,000 students enrolled) that was quickly derided as being a course in how not to run an online course.

‘…the video lectures were mind-numbing laundry lists of PowerPoint bullet points. A survey of educational philosophies left me no more enlightened than before I watched it. The readings were a bit better. One of my favorites, Teaching with Technology: Tools and Strategies to Improve Student Learning, linked to a hilarious PowerPoint comedy sketch about the stupidity of reading PowerPoint bullet points…’


Vietnam Earmarks 16.3 Million for ‘Learning Society’ ProjectTuoi Tre News

While not about Higher Education specifically, this brief article describes new goals, funding and training programs to support many different age groups, geographic regions and professionals in pursuing and improving their literacy, academic qualifications and foreign language capabilities by 2020.


Branch Branch Campuses and Cross-Border Education: Asking the Right Questions – Inside Higher Ed

In this article, Richard Edelstein – Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at University of California, Berkeley – examines questions which could lead to enhanced relationships between ‘home’ and ‘satellite’ programs and campuses and identifies possible missed opportunities for the university operations abroad to add significant and last value to the operations at home.

‘…my key point is that the activity abroad must add real value to the core functions and culture of the larger university for it to be sustainable overtime.’


AC Grayling’s New College of the Humanities Plans to Open Free SchoolThe Guardian

AC Grayling’s New College of the Humanities was announced last year and will focus on preparing students for university study through a liberal-arts based education. It will feature prominent thinkers, academics and writers and will be based in London. It has garnered much controversy an criticism for being designed as a for-profit institution.

This article describes the more recent plans to establish a free school for students from a range of backgrounds. According to Grayling, the ‘New School of the Humanities will provide a thorough grounding in the curriculum while allowing students to develop as imaginative and well-rounded individuals’.


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