The LSU Top 5 #46

This is the 46th 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!)

Silence as a pedagogical toolTimes Higher Education

Silence can be used to encourage student contemplation and a “democratic” classroom.

I have conducted my own experiments. In a recent education studies seminar group I led, I introduced regular pausing for three minutes, twice in each two-hour session, using an egg timer (handheld or online)…. Although in a two-hour session we “lost” six minutes to silence, the students repeatedly requested these silent pauses and in the end-of-term student-staff consultative committee, the course representative stressed that students had found it beneficial to the learning process. I believe it was one factor that helped to boost student satisfaction in my seminars. And, of course, it cost nothing to implement.

Donald L. Finkel’s Teaching With Your Mouth Shut (available in the RMIT libraries in Hanoi and Saigon South at 371.102 F499) provides some detailed and practical ways to implement this, and similar techniques, in the classroom.


College seat costs up to $4,200 on classified sitesTuoi Tre

Ads on classified websites, apparently posted by staff from local Vietnamese universities, are offering to adjust students’ university entrance exam grades for money. It isn’t clear if it is corruption or just a scam, with the academic affairs chief at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology calling it “improbable.”

But then, why bother to cheat in having your entrance exams changed when you can just buy a fake degree for less?! (Link)


Should Parents Have the Last Word on Choosing a College?The Woofound Blog

This article looks at the importance of ‘personal fit’ for choosing a university, how this fit can be found, and the potential dangers of parents being too prescriptive in ‘helping’ their kids.

The more parents, guidance counselors, teachers, admissions officers, advisors, and career counselors can support self-discovery, the better students will fare.


Liberia students all fail university admission examBBC

Not even one of Liberia’s 25,000 school-leavers passed the university admission exam.

“I know there are a lot of weaknesses in the schools but for a whole group of people to take exams and every single one of them to fail, I have my doubts about that,” [Education Minister Etmonia] David-Tarpeh said. “It’s like mass murder.”


Not enough to graduate college: Now there’s an exit examNBC News

Two hundred colleges and universities having their final year students take a standardised test to give employers more information about students’ abilities. This is perhaps a brave move and a sign of confidence in their education given a 2011 study (link) that says that university students don’t learn too much!


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