The LSU Top 5 #20

This is the twentieth 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!)

The Trouble With Online CollegeThe New York Times

This is a brief account of the problems with online learning, especially MOOCs. Although there are few surprises in the article itself, some interesting accounts arise in the article’s comments.


10 Reasons Facebook Fails EducationEdReach

The title says it all. This (fairly light) list looks at cultural and practical Facebook failings that should cause pause if you’re thinking of using it as an online learning platform.


Are students ‘the problem’ when it comes to uni success? – Deakin Speaking

Marcia Devlin, of Deakin University, writes about how blaming students, particularly those from low socio-economic status backgrounds, for their failure is too simplistic. She discusses the importance of recognising the notion of ‘cultural capital’ and its effect on success and failure. Instead of simply laying blame on students for not adjusting to university of universities for not communicating expectations well enough, she proposes better bridge building to ease students from low SES backgrounds into study environments that research has shown to often be unfamiliar to these groups.


Stop Requiring College DegreesHarvard Business Review

Considering the most effective ways to judge a potential employee, the author of this article finds that a degree doesn’t come up. While, in reality, degrees are becoming more important in the job market, the author argues that they are becoming less important and reflective of learning and skill.

I think what’s going on in my home industry of higher education at present is something between a bubble and a scandal. And I don’t think it’ll change unless and until employers shift, and start valuing signals other than college degrees.


Are you experienced?Times Higher Education

This article takes a light-hearted look into the actually-quite-terrifying world of fake degrees and qualified-but-uneducated doctors and pilots. Beware the framed certificates on the walls.


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