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Tag Archives: higher education

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com Amie Freeman, University of South Carolina Editor’s note: The high price of college textbooks has long been a sore point for students. Even though the price reportedly went down by 26% since January 2017 – the first decrease in years – the overall trend in recent years has been a …

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Universities don’t control the labour market: we shouldn’t fund them like they do

Some people are more employable than others. from shutterstock.com Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University and Ruth Bridgstock, Griffith University From 2020, universities will receive a certain amount of government funding based on four performance measures: student drop-out rates; participation of Indigenous, lower socioeconomic status and regional and remote students; student satisfaction with the university experience; and employment outcomes. The government …

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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Textbooks can be costly. from shutterstock.com James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition …

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How Creative Commons works, and why it enables access to knowledge

The Copyright Amendment Bill will expedite the development of open educational resources. Shutterstock Denise Rosemary Nicholson, University of the Witwatersrand A big barrier to lifelong learning can be the cost of resources. There are worldwide initiatives to change this, though, and it’s helpful to know how to use these resources legally. One such arrangement is Creative Commons, considered to be …

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How blockchain could help the world meet the UN’s global goals in higher education

Blockchain can support the dissemination of open educational resources on a global scale. (Shutterstock) Rory McGreal, Athabasca University Improving quality of life for people globally means investing in education. By 2025, more than 100 million learners are estimated to be capable of higher education but won’t have access to it either because they cannot afford the costs, or because courses …

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L’égalité scolaire, un enjeu de survie pour la démocratie

Marie Duru-Bellat, Sciences Po and François Dubet, Université de Bordeaux Le long mouvement de massification scolaire enclenché dans notre pays depuis les années 1960 était censé accroître l’attachement aux valeurs démocratiques. Dans la mesure où l’éducation scolaire est imprégnée des valeurs de l’égalité et de la tolérance, et véhicule la croyance dans les vertus de la science et de la raison, le …

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4 tips for college students to avoid procrastinating with their online work

Time management and supportive learning environments are keys to avoiding procrastination. fizkes/ iStock via Getty Images Plus Kui Xie, The Ohio State University and Sheng-Lun Cheng, Sam Houston State University If you take classes online, chances are you probably procrastinate from time to time. Research shows that more than 70% of college students procrastinate, with about 20% consistently doing it …

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Students are being forced to disclose sensitive information online. urbazon/Getty Images Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out …

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Industry cadetships: a good but small step to tap the talents of women in STEM

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Pi-Shen Seet, Edith Cowan University and Janice Jones, Flinders University An overarching criticism of the recent federal budget is that it overlooked the workers hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, namely women. However, the budget includes one promising, albeit small, initiative that focuses on this group. The government announced a cadetship program to help women to upskill in science, …

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P-TECH high school model connects students to college and careers

Graduates of an IBM-inspired P-TECH school in Chicago in 2017. Feature Photo Service Stanley S Litow, Duke University In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted an innovative educational program called P-TECH – an acronym for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The first P-TECH school opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 2011. It was …

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