domingo, 24 de julio de 2011

Reseña del libro: Reinventing Higher Education: The promise of innovation

Reinventing Higher Education: The promise of innovation is a highly readable and important collection of essays edited by Ben Wildavsky, Andrew P Kelly and Kevin Carey. The book reads as a call to arms to the US higher education system to reform itself to remain what they unashamedly describe as the "best higher education system in the world".

The book is a series of interconnected chapters by leading experts that outline and provide solutions to the problems facing US higher education as it grapples with issues that will be familiar to international readers - balancing the competing pressures of expanding access, improving quality and reducing costs in a context of intensifying global competition, the challenges posed by new technologies and the introduction of severe funding reductions in public higher education.

Para leer la reseña completa del libro, oprima aquí.

martes, 19 de julio de 2011

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

The report sets a policy framework for advancing performance-based learning and builds on recommendations made during the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit co by iNACOL and CCSSO earlier this year. The report recommends that states begin to transform policies from "rigid compliance" to "enabling policies," by offering seat-time waivers or "credit flex" policies that allow for the flexibility to offer competency-based learning in K-12. The policy development is multi-stage -- building towards a "comprehensive policy redesign" that would require school districts to offer competency-based credits; provide proper training and information systems; establish quality-control; support individual growth models for accountability; and align higher education with K-12 competency-based efforts.

Para ver el informe completo, oprima aquí

Estudiantes en línea no completan los cursos como los estudiantes presenciales

This report investigates enrollment patterns and academic outcomes in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses among students who enrolled in Washington State community and technical colleges in the fall of 2004. Students were tracked for nearly five years, until the spring of 2009. Results were similar to those found in a parallel study in Virginia.

Students who were employed for more hours and students who had demographic characteristics associated with stronger academic preparation were more likely to enroll in online courses; however, students who enrolled in hybrid courses were quite similar to those who enrolled in a purely face-to-face curriculum. After controlling for student characteristics using multilevel regression techniques, results indicated that students were more likely to fail or withdraw from online courses than from face-to-face courses. In addition, students who took online coursework in early terms were slightly but significantly less likely to return to school in subsequent terms, and students who took a higher proportion of credits online were slightly but significantly less likely to attain an educational award or transfer to a four-year institution. In contrast, students were equally likely to complete a hybrid course as to complete a face-to-face course. Additional analyses with a new cohort of students entering in 2008 showed short-term results consistent with those of the 2004 cohort.

Para ver el estudio, oprima aquí.

lunes, 18 de julio de 2011

From Information to Action: Revamping Higher Education Accountability Systems

La futura política pública del gobierno de fortuño sobre la UPR:

Public colleges and universities, which educate the vast majority of the nation's students, are an important part of states' economic competitiveness efforts. These institutions face three pressures that will demand increased productivity and a datadriven investment strategy moving forward:
1. The percentage of jobs requiring postsecondary education continues to rise and is expected to reach 63 percent by 2018. At the same time, there is growing evidence of a mismatch between the skill requirements of new jobs and the skills of individuals seeking them.

2. State budgets will continue to be squeezed amid slower revenue growth. Competition for resources will intensify, particularly from health care.

3. The number of students from groups (e.g., adults, low-income students, and students of color) that have historically enrolled in and completed certificate and degree programs at lower rates continues to grow as a share of total enrollment.

Para ver el documento, oprima aquí.

miércoles, 6 de julio de 2011

Guía práctica para el docente

Tiene cuatro secciones:
1. El rol del ordenador en el aula
2. No todo vale. Criterios para la selección de la información en la red
3. Trabajo en equipo
4. Actividades Creativas

Para ver la guía, oprima aquí.

Despertando el Guru

Quiero presentarles un libro difícil de clasificar.
Es un libro de negocios, es un libro para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, pero también es un libro filosófico.

El libro orienta sobre el proceso de hacer ganancias, pero pone en perspecitva que la búsqueda de dinero no es el fin... aún para el negociante.

El un libro para provocar, mientras uno busca una orientación sobre las formas para levantar o transformar una empresa... cualquier empresa.

Si quieres estimularte en lo cognitivo, afectivo y espiritual... ¡léalo!

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