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The LSU Top 5 #54

This is the 54th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

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

Are You Competent? Prove It: Degrees Based on What You Can Do, Not How Long You WentNY Times

This article looks at a new (renewed?) push for competency- rather than time-based degrees. That is, instead of requiring students to attend class for a semester before taking a test, students can instead learn at their own pace and, when they’re ready, demonstrate that have mastered the required outcomes/competencies.

The Lumina Foundation has been one of the champions of the approach. Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive, says the rationale is not just lower cost but better education. “The time-centered system says if you take the coursework, get passing grades and meet our academic standards, you get the degree,” he said. “Competency is a student-centered, learning-outcome-based model. Where you get the education is secondary to what you know and are able to do.”

Others are less in favour of the changes:

“It’s a red flag to me, the idea that this is going to be more personalized, more flexible, more accountable to the consumer,” [Amy E. Slaton, a professor of history at Drexel University,] says. “If you are from a lower socioeconomic status, you have this new option that appears to cost less than a traditional bachelor’s degree, but it’s not the same product. I see it as a really diminished higher education experience for less money, and yet disguised as this notion of greater access.”

Still room for learning skills, then!


South Korea’s education system: The great decompression – The Economist

South Korean students dream of being recruited by one of the few big firms, called chaebol, that drive their country’s economic development. With competition so intense, preparation is pushed back even into early childhood education. There are high costs for this phenomenon, such as great psychological strain on the youngsters and a low birth rate due to the expense of education. A few solutions are suggested in the article.  


Vietnam levies cash fine on exam cheatersTuoi Tre News

The Vietnamese government has just issued a decree to allow for fines of up to 20 million VND for breaking education rules, such as cheating, sitting exams for others, abusing students or hiring under-qualified teachers. 

When College Students Have an Audience, Does Their Writing Improve?Ed Tech Magazine

This article looks at how giving students an audience – a real one, not a hypothetical one – can improve their writing and learning. The author interviews an English professor on what has and hasn’t worked for her in finding this audience for her students.


Educators doubt int’l joint programs using Vietnamese translationTuoi Tre News

Educators warned students about the quality of international joint masters and doctoral programmes because of their easy entrance requirements – both for students’ academic and English backgrounds. Even non-English speaking students can gain admission to such programs offered through partnerships between Vietnamese and foreign universities, with students allowed to hire translators and complete thesis defences in Vietnamese.


Bonus #6!

7 Awkward Places You Could Be Meeting With Your Professor This SemesterBuzzfeed

You like gifs, don’t you? Because all the answers are animated.


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The LSU Top 5 #50

We’re 50 weeks old!

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

Death of an adjunctThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The death of an 83 year old adjunct French professor in poverty provides a cautionary tale of casualization of the university-teaching workforce.

NPR follows up (link).


Why this year’s freshers are just part of a failed experimentThe Guardian

In this article, the author argues that British (and other?) governments have failed students by investing in universities as job/economic-creation bodies, while the market has not responded to the large increase in graduates with a parallel increase in suitable jobs, leaving students in debt and dead-end jobs.


Grades improve when students lead learningTimes Higher Education

Putting students in the centre and letting them decide how they learn seems like a nice idea. But in an experiment at Avans University in the Netherlands, attendance rose from less than half to 96% and grades improved. A nice idea, and an effective one!


Employers and Community-College Students Aren’t Sold on Online Degrees, Survey FindsThe Chronicle of Higher Education

This author of this article seems surprised that many employers and students are less satisfied with online degrees. But given how recently online education has mainstreamed, which of these is more surprising?

  • 56% of employers favoured applicants with a traditional degree; or 26% don’t care and 17% prefer online degrees?
  • 42% of students reporting less learning from online courses; or 58% saying they learned as much or more?

It will be interesting to see how these change in the next few years.


Perma.ccHarvard Law School Library

With 70% of published links in citations not linking to the original material, readers of even fairly new work must resort to a faith-based trust in the author’s reading and interpretation. Perma.cc, developed by the Harvard Law School Library in conjunction with other university law libraries, will store a frozen version of the cited material for two years or, if the citation is confirmed by a journal, in perpetuity. Still in beta, it isn’t clear if this will just be for law publications.


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The LSU Top 5 #48

This is the 48th 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!) Colleges’ Role Shouldn’t End at Graduation – The Chronicle of Higher Education With the transition from university to the workforce longer and often more complex […]

The LSU Top 5 #44

This is the 44th 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!) ‘Majoring in a Professor’ – Inside Higher Ed Students’ decisions about what to major in is “overwhelmingly” influenced by who teaches them in each major’s […]

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