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The Universities That Educate the World’s Most Powerful Women The Times Higher Education
What do the US first lady, the chief operating officer of Facebook and the Nigerian minister for finance all have in common? The answer (or one of the answers, at least) is that they all attended Harvard University in Massachusetts, the most effective university in the world when it comes to producing successful women.
This Analysis by Times Higher Education reveals the institutions that produce the most successful women on the planet.
How to Boost your University Up the Rankings University World News
The recent publication by Thomson Reuters of the list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) and their institutions provides data much more interesting than simply knowing who are the most cited and which institutions hire them.
All these data certainly suggest that this particular institution has found a cheap way to be considered ‘excellent’ in world university rankings. But the same data also suggests that some highly cited researchers may have found an easy way to get more money in exchange for transferring some ‘symbolic capital’ to a university other than the one that hires them full-time.
We leave it to the reader to ponder the meaning of these tendencies, but they surely raise important questions about research ethics in a world based more and more on simplistic evaluations of the ‘quality’ of research and researchers.
BORROWING AGAINST THE FUTURE: The Hidden Costs of Financing U.S. Higher Education Debt & Society
America’s higher education system is gaining a reputation for high costs and large inequities. In 2012, the U.S. spent $491 billion on higher education and twice as much per student than comparable industrialized countries. Where is all that money going?
Scholars have offered several explanations for these high costs including faculty salaries, administrative bloat, and the amenities arms race.
These explanations, however, all miss a crucial piece of the puzzle.
How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms Edutopia
Many of us go on first our first techno-rush as kids playing with erector sets, Legos, and the Radio Shack electronic kits. In a day when everyone thinks, "There's an app for that," many educators believe that we're missing the point of technology if we think its best use is programming kids to memorize math facts. Students don't want to use apps -- they want to make them.
Maker classrooms are active classrooms. In active classrooms one will find engaged students, often working on multiple projects simultaneously, and teachers unafraid of relinquishing their authoritarian role. The best way to activate your classroom is for your classroom to make something.
A new generation of inventors is surfing the tide of the Maker movement. These classrooms emphasize making, inventing, and creativity.
One University Is Building a Lavish High-Tech Dorm to Rival Google HQ Bloomberg Businessweek
In a move it hopes will lure budding entrepreneurs who dream of souped-up Silicon Valley workspaces, the University of Utah plans to build a residence hall that blurs life and work the same way technology giants Facebook and Google do at their headquarters.
A 20,000-square-foot workspace called the “garage” on the ground floor offers 3D printers and rooms to build prototypes. The garage is open 24 hours a day to accommodate bursts of off-hours inspiration.
“If you have an idea at 2 a.m., you want to be able to get up and act on your idea,” says Mehrdad Yazdani, head of Yazdani Studio, the building’s designer. He says the space will give students “the flexibility to be in their pajamas and then create something.”
It’s designed on a flexible grid system, which will allow the university to reconfigure rooms and expand the garage as student needs change. “Our goal is, five years after it opens, that it’ll be an entirely different-looking building (...) Universities usually build something that lasts 50 to 100 years, but when you’re an entrepreneur, things change rapidly.”
Palabras Clave: Infraestructura, espacios de trabajo
Is Competency-Based Education Finally Becoming Mainstream? Skilledup
It seems like competency-based education has passed a threshold from exotic to mission-critical at many institutions.
Why? Several new initiatives, involving dozens of colleges and universities and brand-name philanthropic funding, are coming online. They represent a surge in efforts to promote best practices, partnerships and coordination among the growth in competency-based education or competency-based learning (also known as CBE or CBL).
What is the state of CBE now? What challenges do these new projects face? Find out.
Palabras Clave: Aprendizaje basado en competencias
One Man and his Robot are Responsible for 8.5 Percent of Wikipedia
On a good day, Sverker Johansson adds more than 10,000 articles to Wikipedia. Johansson is by far the most prolific contributor to the online encyclopedia, having submitted 2.7 million articles, or 8.5 percent of Wikipedia's collection, over the last seven years.
The 53-year-old Swede works as an administrator, and has degrees in linguistics, civil engineering, economics and particle physics.
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