The LSU Top 5 #56

This is the 56th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

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

The King of MOOCs Abdicates the ThroneSlate

It seems the hype over massive open online courses is being tempered.

Two years ago, he was predicting that MOOCs would leave just 10 universities in the world in 50 years. Now, Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun is admitting that they’re often “lousy products.”

Following a much touted but failed experiment in providing remedial maths to university students, Udacity is shifting towards corporate education model.


Crunch time as Vietnam set for education shakeup, again – Thanh Nien

Reform for Vietnam’s education system has (again) been promised. From the article:

Experts say Vietnam’s education system is rigid, of suspect quality and riddled with scandals in recent years. They say the sector is widely regarded as being in crisis at all levels. Teaching methods remain too passive, with students having little chance to interact with the teacher, discuss issues, or ask questions.

In a Confucian society where academic achievement is a national obsession, a culture of cheating nurtured at the top of the system has flowed downward, permeating examinations at every level. Experts say if society continues to pursue its craze for academic achievement, and if job promotions hinge on degree-based criteria, academic honesty will continue to be a casualty.

While Vietnamese authorities have repeatedly pledged measures to tackle these issues, the rhetoric has not been matched by action. It is in that context that the forthcoming shakeup seems to be a last chance to deliver on the promise, experts say.

It isn’t clear (at least in this article) what changes are being suggested.


Almost half of university leavers take non-graduate jobsThe Telegraph

Findings from a recent study by the Office for National Statistics in the UK has rung an alarm on the under-employment and unemployment rates. A large proportion of graduates end up taking low-skilled jobs (worst in media studies) or staying out of work (including humanities, arts and languages).


Do students need to be more assertive?The Guardian

Learning to stand up for yourself and ask for what you need is helpful not just for your academic life but also your work life, this article suggests. But how? The article includes four pieces of advice that students can follow to become more assertive.


Teachers don’t give marks to first graders, parents puzzledVietnam Net

The quotes from parents and teachers about the shift towards giving comments rather than marks for Vietnamese first graders make for interesting reading. Although the article’s about first graders, it gives an insight into student and parent attitudes that must persist throughout the education system.


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