February, 2023

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9 Tips for Success as an Instructional Designer

Campus Technology

These best practices from the Learning Design and Technology program at the University of San Diego will help practitioners create the best possible learning experience for students and develop a rewarding career in instructional design.

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Teaching students to engage in constructive dialogue in class

Inside Higher Ed

Image: While the college classroom has traditionally been a place where students and professors can gain new perspectives while engaging in conversation, many students feel uncomfortable expressing their views on controversial topics. In a February 2021 Student Voice survey from Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse, one in five students disagreed, at least somewhat, with the statement “I feel comfortable sharing my opinions in class.

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ChatGPT a cheating tool? These educators think you’re looking at it wrong

University Business

In the short few weeks that professor Alex Lawrence has taught his sales technology course this semester at Weber State University, he finds the level of discussion his students are already having “remarkable.” Lawrence is one of academia’s earliest adopters of the controversial ChatGPT AI in the classroom, and thanks to it, Lawrence has witnessed a sizable elevation in student comprehension of class curriculum at a very early stage of the spring semester.

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What is a university surplus?

Wonkhe

For Andrew Connolly, discussions of the sector's "vast wealth" should come with a few caveats about the nature of reserves The post What is a university surplus? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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What can work colleges teach the rest of higher ed?

Higher Ed Dive

Amid high worries about higher ed's value in the job market, work colleges offer lessons on integrating classroom learning with employment opportunities.

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How I Got Started Helping Professors With Their Online Presence

The Academic Designer

Jennifer van Alstyne opens up about why she started her company, The Academic Designer LLC. And, how social media has impacted her life most.

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Announces $175 Million in Internet Access Funding for HBCUs

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has announced $175 million in Internet access funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), UPI reported. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Affordable, high-speed internet is an essential part of modern life, Harris said Monday at Benedict College. The funding comes through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve internet access at 61 HBCUs – Benedict will get almost $3 million.

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Aus: int’l student base “gaining momentum”

The PIE News

Post-pandemic recovery in Australia’s international education sector “continues to gain momentum”, according to data cited by Universities Australia. In an announcement, the organisation said that around 59,000 international students arrived in Australia in January 2023; data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has also revealed that over 36,000 arrived in December, showing the number is rapidly climbing.

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Should universities go for growth on degree apprenticeships?

Wonkhe

Higher education minister Robert Halfon is an enthusiast for degree apprenticeships and universities stand ready to do more. Team Wonkhe assesses whether the incentives stack up The post Should universities go for growth on degree apprenticeships? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Employers value microcredentials but don’t know how to assess their quality

Higher Ed Dive

Around two-thirds of employers responding to a survey said they want colleges to approach them about building alternative credentials for workers.

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New Vanderbilt housing requires income students don't make

Inside Higher Ed

Image: Kaitlyn Schaaf has lived in four different homes during her five-year (and counting) career as a Vanderbilt University Ph.D. candidate. Her first living situation, a house that she found through a friend of a friend of her aunt, was only 5.5 miles from campus, but in Nashville traffic, the commute took about an hour. Four apartments later, she lives a short bus ride from campus but also shares a 1,100-square-foot space with two other people.

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CUNY Colleges Receive $750,000 for Anti-Bigotry Strategies

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges and the university’s central offices will see $750,000 distributed to support efforts seeking to address religious, racial, and ethnic bigotry at CUNY. Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez “With our continued commitment to fight against bigotry, antisemitism, and hate of all kinds, our colleges are stepping up and have developed additional programming to address these incidents,” said Dr.

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Ed Department Shakes Up OPMs and Third-Party Servicers: This Is Huge

WCET Frontiers

Did you hear that loud noise last Wednesday? For those in the middle of the country, it was the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade. For those in higher education, the U.S. Department of Education created its own rumblings by releasing new guidance with rules about any contracted services and a series of questions about companies helping institutions with online learning.

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International graduates earn less than Australian peers

The PIE News

International graduates who stay and work in Australia earn lower salaries than their domestic counterparts, although the wage gap has reduced since 2021. Non-Australians working full-time who studied undergraduate courses earned AUS$60,000 on average in 2022 compared to AUS$68,000 for Australians. The salary difference was less pronounced than in 2021, when the variation was AUS$10,700 between the two groups, according to the 2022 International Graduate Outcomes Survey.

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Should we record or ban staff-student relationships?

Wonkhe

Universities will keep a register of relationships between staff and students under new plans from OfS. Sunday Blake argues the proposals fall short on student safety The post Should we record or ban staff-student relationships? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Why private companies are crucial to innovations in online education

Higher Ed Dive

The CEO of 2U, a company that helps colleges run online programs and owns the edX platform, responds to criticism against his sector.

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New Florida bill aims to enact DeSantis's higher ed reforms

Inside Higher Ed

Image: Florida governor Ron DeSantis promised sweeping reforms earlier this year to, he claims, rescue higher education in his state from “woke activism.” Last week, the Legislature took the first step toward realizing DeSantis’s vision with the introduction of HB 999, which aims to dramatically reshape higher education in the Sunshine State.

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Race & Justice Imperative Focuses on the Need for Sustained Political Energy

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

This year’s Race & Justice Imperative—a series of conversations with Black political leaders put on by the DC-based newspaper The Hill —came at an auspicious moment for Black power. More Black Americans were elected in 2022 than ever before, and the Congressional Black Caucus now boasts 57 members, a record. But the overwhelming consensus from the people who spoke, a mixture of Congresspeople, academics, and advocates, was that representation is not enough.

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EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: Did ChatGPT Write This Report?

Educause

Generative AI is arriving in higher education, but stakeholders are uncertain about its potential opportunities and challenges. One thing is clear: there is work to be done, and there’s no time to waste.

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Australia reveals courses eligible for extended work rights from July

The PIE News

Australia has announced the list of professions and courses that will be eligible for extended post-study work rights from July 1. Eligible programs range from health, technology, education and construction, and have been selected to respond to worker shortages in key sectors, the government said. The new measures – initially announced in September last year – will allow eligible international higher education graduates to access to an extra two years of post-study work rights.

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Why graduates should work in higher education professional services

Wonkhe

Graduates are looking for interesting jobs and universities are looking to recruit a diverse workforce. Emily Owen asks whether professional services at universities should be looking to recruit recent graduates The post Why graduates should work in higher education professional services appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Supreme Court picks apart question of standing in student loan forgiveness lawsuits

Higher Ed Dive

Some justices expressed skepticism that GOP-led states and two borrowers even have the right to sue to stop President Joe Biden's program.

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Should Oxford students walk away from the NUS?

HEPI

On 27 February 2023, students at the University of Oxford begin a referendum on whether their Students’ Union should disaffiliate from the National Union of Students (NUS). Nick Hillman, HEPI’s Director writing in a personal capacity, considers the pros and cons of Oxit. Over 30 years ago, I helped run an NUS disaffiliation campaign at the University of Manchester.

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Should African Americans Trust the College Board with African American Studies?

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The College Board's decision to revise its African American Studies curriculum has come under fire from many who argue that the changes are motivated by political pressure rather than pedagogical considerations. The new curriculum, which is stripped of much of the subject matter that the DeSantis administration opposed, has been criticized for erasing the experiences of Black writers and scholars associated with critical race theory, reparations, the queer experience, and Black feminism.

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Turnitin Integrating AI Writing Detector into Its Products

Campus Technology

Plagiarism detection company Turnitin announced that the AI writing detection tool it teased in January will be available as a feature of its existing products as soon as April.

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Over 800,000 international students in Canada in 2022

The PIE News

Canada hosted over 800,000 international students in 2022 – an increase of almost a third in one year, according to new government data. There were a total of 807,750 study permit holders in Canada in December, over 190,000 more than in 2021. The new figures surpass by some way Canada’s target figure of 450,000 foreign students by 2022 set out in the country’s 2014 international education strategy.

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The UK should be extending the graduate route visa, not restricting it

Wonkhe

The graduate route visa benefits industries and employers, despite the obstacles that international graduates continue to face. Florence Reedy argues that we need to be investing in people The post The UK should be extending the graduate route visa, not restricting it appeared first on Wonkhe.

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NCAA permanently ends SAT, ACT eligibility requirement for Division I, II student-athletes

Higher Ed Dive

Reevaluating testing mandates was part of the association’s plan to advance racial equity.

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Leading scientists worldwide are victims of fake articles

Inside Higher Ed

Image: Leading international scientists who discovered articles written by artificial intelligence that have been published in their names have backed plans for legal action. In recent months, academics at leading universities in Australia, Europe and North America have been alerted to low-quality scholarly articles—often little more than a page long, probably written by a language-scraping algorithm—appearing under their names in titles published by Prime Scholars, an open-access pu

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Fat On Campus: Mitigating Anti-Fat Bias in the Classroom

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

By Terah J. Stewart, Roshaunda L. Breeden, Joan N. Collier, Meg E. Evans, Daniel J. Scanlon, Rachel L. Wagner, Erin R. Weston In the classic fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears readers are introduced to a little girl who happens upon a cottage in the forest where she boldly invites herself inside to explore. While there is much to learn and critique from the themes of her story, the part that is most striking to our author team is the intentional focus on space and fit.

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?WEEKEND READING: Shifts in global demand for UK higher education and their implications

HEPI

This blog has been kindly written for HEPI by Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director at Education Insight, and Vangelis Tsiligiris, an Associate Professor at the Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University. The big picture: the collapse of EU demand for UK higher education The recent data release from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that global demand for UK higher education continued to expand.

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‘Success stories’ and disheartening tales in UK PSW

The PIE News

International graduates in the UK using the country’s post-study work visas are working “in a variety of graduate-level roles and with an impressive range of organisations”, yet the nation has not yet benefitted from the full potential of the route. According to new research, some eight in 10 (72%) of those employed via the graduate route – announced under prime minister Boris Johnson in 2019 and rolled out for the first applicants in 2021 – are in graduate-level roles.

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Universities should be places of safety, solidarity and empowerment

Wonkhe

Just six percent of refugees have access to higher education. Maryam Taher explains how universities can help to increase that figure The post Universities should be places of safety, solidarity and empowerment appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Interim leadership is overlooked. Here are 4 tips on doing it effectively.

Higher Ed Dive

Amy Kristof-Brown became a business school dean after first serving as an interim. A lack of resources for others in similar positions stood out to her.

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Professor says he was barred from campus after Monsanto info request

Inside Higher Ed

Image: A professor who frequently testifies against Monsanto Co. in lawsuits alleging harm from toxic environmental pollutants called PCBs says that after a Monsanto lawyer filed a records request with his university, the university barred him from campus and offered him a resignation deal. “That was the very first thing that they gave me,” said the professor, David Carpenter of the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York, regarding the resignation offer.

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Organizations Call on Education Department to Disaggregate Admissions Data by Race and Ethnicity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A group of organizations is calling for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to expand its collection of admissions data and disaggregate that data by race and ethnicity to address racial and ethnic gaps in bachelor’s degree attainment. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona In a Feb. 1 letter addressed to Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona and Under Secretary James Kvaal, the group said that existing gaps could be exacerbated by a U.S.

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People's Rally for Student Debt Cancellation to be held outside Supreme Court, February 28, 2022

Higher Education Inquirer

Sign up for the People's Rally for Student Debt Cancellation to be held outside the US Supreme Court, February 28, 2022. The link is at [link] Stay tuned to this post for more information.

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