The LSU Top 5 #42

This is the 42nd of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

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

Living in silos: Blindness, elephants and higher ed customer serviceInsideTimsHead

This piece calls for a de-siloing of universities, with departments and units being cross-trained and everyone developing a mindset that doesn’t respond to queries outside their remit with ‘It’s not my job’.

I cringe at the runaround students receive today — passed from one office to another when no one has an answer or because another office needs to approve something that should be common sense.

 If different offices can’t find a way to work together to help students, we’re not doing our jobs.


Twilight of the MOOCs?Foreign Policy

This blog looks at sceptical views of the future of MOOCs. Lots of commentators are now questioning their future role, with even the CEO of Udacity, one of the biggest MOOCs providers, stepping back from his prediction from last year that there would only be 10 higher education institutions in the world in 50 years time, now saying that MOOCs wouldn’t replace face to face learning. But, with big investment in the MOOCs scene, will there be a dot-com style crash or just a realignment of expectations? Only time will tell.


Who Is Driving the Online Locomotive?The Chronicle

In Twilight of the MOOCs (above), the author raises questions whether it’s OK that MOOCs are blindly creating their own future – and perhaps the future of education as a whole – with little thought as to where we want education to go. This article in the Chronicle expands on this question, considering who is steering the changes that will be inflicted on the education world by online education, including MOOCs.


Vietnam higher education laid lowThanh Nien

Experts say the Vietnamese higher education system is now in a serious crisis that will not be overcome any time soon. It lacks a clear and realistic vision for development, and in half-heartedly trying to implement unrealistic reforms it continues to produce an ill-equipped workforce. Vietnamese people seem to be losing their confidence in the country’s public universities, with many sending their kids overseas or to international schools.


College Enrollment Falls as Economy RecoversNew York Times

Many US institutions are struggling to recruit students to fill spots for the 2013-2014 intake as the economic recovery drives those who planned to study during the recession back to work and the demographic shrinks. While elite universities are not affected by this situation, some others have resorted to calling students who had rejected offers, trying to entice them with extra financial aid. As the demographic continues to shrink, what will happen with surplus places?


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