Tuesday, September 4, 2012
- Online vs In-Person Learning: Which Is Actually Better?
- 3 Great Augmented Reality Apps For Any Classroom
- The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 01:00 PM PDT
When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor. It looks like students put a lot of trust in their instructors, but do students take their advice on study and research?
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 10:30 AM PDT
It's like the stuff from the Back to the Future movies. When I hear the term 'augmented reality,' images of Marty McFly running around the futuristic world of the year 2015 (I think we're going to fall short of expectations, by the way) pop into my head. But in reality (pardon the pun), there are apps that let you add a digital layer to what you see around you.
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 05:15 AM PDT
The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. First, we had Stanford creating an entirely new position and office for online learning. Now something that signals a seismic shift in the edtech world.
August 29, 2012by Julie Pace and Ken Thomas
As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama's campaign will be there waiting for them.
Obama aides sees college campuses as fertile ground for registering and recruiting some of the more than 15 million young people who have become eligible to vote since the 2008 election. As Republicans hold their party convention in Florida this week, the president will make a personal appeal to college voters in three university towns: Ames, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Charlottesville, Va.
Obama's victory four years ago was propelled in part by his overwhelming support among college-aged voters, and polls show him leading Republican rival Mitt Romney with that group in this year's race.
But the president faces an undeniable challenge as he seeks to convince young people that he is the right steward for the economy as they eye a shaky postgraduation job market.
Seeking to overcome that economic uncertainty, Obama's campus staffers and volunteers are touting the president's positions on social issues, like gay rights, that garner significant support among young people. Obama has stressed his effort to freeze the interest rates on new federal student loans, a pitch he personalizes by reminding voters that he and the first lady were once buried under a "mountain" of student loan debt after law school.
They also see a fresh opportunity to court students and their parents following Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate. Democrats say Ryan's budget would cut funding for Pell Grants, the federal need-based program for students, and Obama's campaign is running television advertisements in battleground states trying to link Romney to that plan.
Campaigning last week at Capital University in Ohio, Obama told students that Romney's economic plan "makes one thing clear: He does not think investing in your future is worth it. He doesn't think that's a good investment. I do."
Obama was scheduled to speak Tuesday at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. The University of Virginia rejected his campaign's request to hold an event on campus Wednesday, saying it would cause the cancellation or disruption of classes on the second day of the semester. The event was instead being held at an off-campus pavilion in Charlottesville.
White House and campaign officials were closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac as it barreled toward the Gulf Coast, but as of late Monday, there were no plans to cancel the president's trip.
Romney's campaign sees an opportunity to cut into the president's support among young people by pushing a three-pronged economic argument focusing on the nation's high unemployment rate, the soaring cost of college and the national debt.
"These kids haven't even entered the workforce and they already owe the government a bill for the debt Obama has rung up," said Joshua Baca, the Romney campaign's national coalitions director.
Obama campaign officials say the start of the new school year is a particularly crucial time to ramp up college registration and make sure those new voters get to the polls. In many of the battleground states, about 50 percent of the college students register to vote on campus after Labor Day, according to the campaign. And even those who are already registered may need to change their address or other personal details after moving to new dorms.
At the University of Dayton, Daniel Rajaiah encourages his fellow Democrats to carry voter registration forms to class, to parties and around campus in case they find someone who hasn't yet registered. Members of the College Democrats set up tables in the middle of campus a few days a week to catch students walking to class or to the cafeteria.
"Our game plan this fall is to hit voter registration very hard," said Rajaiah, who is president of the College Democrats of Ohio.
Obama's campaign said it registered 10,000 voters on college campuses in Ohio last week and signed up 300 new volunteers at colleges in Iowa.
Four years ago, Obama won two-thirds of the vote among 18- to 29-year-olds, compared with just 32 percent for his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, according to exit polls.
An Associated Press-GfK poll released last week showed Obama again holding a broad advantage among younger voters, with 54 percent of registered voters under 35 saying they would vote for Obama and 38 percent backing Romney.
Call for Proposals: American Association of Blacks in Higher Education - 2013 National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education
Loews Midtown Hotel
February 28-March 2, 2013
Please find attached the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Call for Proposals--2013 -- Pathways to Success within Higher Education. This year’s conference will focus on the following the following strands:
STRAND 1: Pathways to Leadership – Strategic leadership enables Black professionals to obtain the advantages necessary to succeed and advance in the competitive world of higher education for faculty, staff and administrators. Strategic leadership encourages collaboration and innovation; and helps to “navigate the complexities inherent in institutional change and organizational politics in higher education” which include mentoring and professional opportunities.
STRAND 2: Pathways to Publishing/Research – Engaging in research and other forms of scholarship and disseminating work through peer reviewed publications is a critical factor for a successful academic career. Although teaching and service are important responsibilities for an academic career, the scholarship recognized by peers through publications weighs heavily. The challenge for many academicians is balancing teaching and service while creating opportunities to produce scholarly publications. This strand seeks proposals which illustrate successful strategies for publishing and examples for producing publishable manuscripts from various academic activities (e.g., teaching, research, service.)
STRAND 3: Pathways to Health/STEM – Provide avenues to support, promoting the successful pursuit of studies and careers in STEM fields. This includes the health, natural, physical and social sciences (S) technology (T), engineering (E) and mathematics (M). Various strategies have been implemented to promote awareness and interest, enhance educational preparedness and decrease barriers (financial, social and structural) as a means of increasing the volume and capacity of the educational pipeline into these fields. This strand seeks to explore the success and challenges of past and current strategies as well as provide an opportunity to discuss emerging innovative approaches to increase the number of blacks in all STEM fields and promote their long term success.
STRAND 4: Pathways to advance Diversity/African American Studies – A changing world demands a changing university, curriculum and academic research environment. Proposals are encouraged in two basic areas. First, proposals are encouraged that address best practices, model programs or excellent examples of diversity programs that increase African American enrollment, retention or improve campus life for African Americans on our campuses. Second, proposals are encouraged that address changes in the academic content: e.g. practices that advance African American/Black/Pan African Studies curricula, or programs of research, scholarship or creative productions that are drawn from and deeply serve our community’s needs. Proposals may come from diversity officers, faculty, staff or students addressing transformation in the academic community or canon in the service of African Americans.
STRAND 5: Pathways to the Cultural Arts – Routes to identifying, supporting, promoting, celebrating and documenting the cultural arts through practices and research that stimulate social awareness and honor diverse cultural values. Cultural arts refer to the transformation and collaboration of different art forms. It embodies creative thinking and critique, which encompasses art forms such as visual art, literature, music, theater, film, dance and others. Cultural arts help to explain the world in which we live, and often challenge current ideas, thoughts and practice in higher education and beyond.
Call for Proposals Deadline: September 21, 2012. For questions contact Jacquelin Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org
For guidelines to submit a proposal for the AABHE National Conference go to: www.blacksinhighered.org
Barbara A. Lofton, Ed.D.
Office of Diversity Programs
Sam M. Walton College of Business
Business Building 343
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
President of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education