miércoles, 23 de febrero de 2011

Primer Encuentro de Instituciones de Educación Superior sobre la Inclusión del Estudiante con Impedimento en la Educación a Distancia

La Asociación Puertorriqueña de Aprendizaje a Distancia se complace en invitarle a usted y a su personal y a las demás personas interesadas, al Primer Encuentro de Instituciones de Educación Superior sobre la Inclusión del Estudiante con Impedimento en la Educación a Distancia. En esta actividad se reunirán los expertos en educación a distancia de las instituciones universitarias más reconocidas en Puerto Rico para presentar los siguientes temas:
1. Accesibilidad Electrónica
2. Fundamentos de Asistencia Tecnológica
3. Presentación de los Avances Tecnológicos Móviles que proveen “Android, iPhone y Blackberry”.

Para más información, visite la página de APAD.

martes, 22 de febrero de 2011

Supporting policies create increased impact for OER

The Open Educational Quality Initiative "Beyond OER" study report is now published. Among its conclusions it finds that OER are more widely used where programmes or inititatives for open resources exist at the institutional level. The lesser the fear, insecurity or discomfort towards Open Educational Resources (OER), the higher the frequency of OER use. The report thus advocates building trust in OER in order to increase their actual usage, and building open learning architectures to transform learning.

Institutional policies for OER are still a long way from impacting on educational institutions according to findings from the Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL) quantative survey. The perception by respondents that OER lead to institutional innovation still does not translate into implementation at the organization level. This is further compounded on the one hand by the very modest levels of support to factors that induce or enable the implementation of Open Educational Practices (OEP) in educational institutions, and on the other hand by the level of importance attached by respondents to institutional policy barriers to the use of OER.

The study report (file size 6MB) is available by clicking here.

lunes, 21 de febrero de 2011

GLOBAL: Higher education becomes more costly

University students are having to meet more of the cost of their higher education in countries with existing mass higher education systems and “ageing demographics” – and the trend towards reduced public spending on universities looks set to continue. A new report, released last week, by Toronto based Higher Education Strategy Associates says governments facing budget-balancing exercises, such as Britain and some US states including California, are already imposing cuts.

Another study reports that the rise in Europe's student population and public funding cuts across the continent are combining to produce an unprecedented higher education crisis which can only be met by much greater diversifying of income sources, experts heard in Brussels on Tuesday at the launch of a major European Universities Association survey of 27 countries.

To read the first report, click here.

To read the second report, click here.

domingo, 13 de febrero de 2011

International Higher Education spreads wings

In an increasingly globalised world, higher education is no longer the monopoly of Europe and the United States. With countries like Brazil, India and China generating innovative research and producing top academic minds, higher education news and issues have truly taken to the world stage. One American academic publication is also spreading its wings.

International Higher Education (IHE), published by the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College in the US, is working to make itself more accessible in the non-English speaking world.

To see the publication, click here.

miércoles, 9 de febrero de 2011

Christensen examines Higher Ed

In a new report, Clayton M. Christensen who examined how technology has "disrupted" and reshaped those and other manufacturing industries has turned his gaze to higher education, arguing that it faces peril if it does not change to meet the challenge.

The report is called "Disrupting College".

To see the report, click here.

Horizon Report 2011

Mobile devices are one year away from transforming education. For the third straight year.

The 2011 Horizon Report, an annual look at technology trends affecting higher education, points to mobile devices as one of six technologies to watch. Of the other five trends, game-based learning and learning analytics—using data to track student progress—are new additions for 2011.

The report, produced by the New Media Consortium and Educause, notes that mobile devices have been listed before, but it says that resistance by many schools continues to slow the full integration of mobile devices into higher education.

Click here to see the report.

domingo, 6 de febrero de 2011

Articulo New York Times: Online Courses, Still Lacking That Third Dimension

Summary: Universities have hesitated in offering online courses for
credit without assigning a human instructor, too.
Click here for article.
Click here for graphic.