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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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Gaining knowledge is what makes a degree valuable, not graduate salaries or transferable skills

PhotoSky/Shutterstock Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University The unexpected social and economic challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic have given increased urgency to questions about the purposes of a university education and the kinds of graduates that society needs. Much of this debate has focused on the extent to which university degrees lead to graduate jobs and higher graduate salaries. For example, …

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5 tips on how unis can do more to design online learning that works for all students

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Shutterstock Erin Leif, Monash University; Christine Grové, Monash University; Laura Alfrey, Monash University; Stella Laletas, Monash University, and Umesh Sharma, Monash University The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a rapid shift to online learning at all Australian universities. This presents unique opportunities for both educators and students, but also new challenges. Recent media reports suggest online learning might not be meeting …

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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

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Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months. More recently, a data breach has affected 444,000 users of ProctorU. Universities, including several Australian ones, use this online tool to supervise students sitting exams from home. Personal records from ProctorU …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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