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  • Education for employment and long term economic development in China

    Education for employment and long term economic development in China

    By Isa Wong – The focus of the debate around education system reform in China is increasingly concerned with how best to prepare students for the future, in turn continuing China’s economic development and increasing its international competitiveness. Higher education has a crucial role to play in this—it has to be relevant to today’s society and that of the future, ensuring that students are familiar with and proficient in using the tools and skills which they will be reliant on […]

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  • Context: Higher education in Asia Pacific

    Context: Higher education in Asia Pacific

    By David Barnett – CEO Higher Education, Pearson Asia Pacific At a time when the eyes of the world are focused on the emergence of Asia (and China in particular) as global economic powers, higher education in the region is more important than ever. Developed economies rely on a flow of highly skilled labour to drive productivity, create more confident and affluent middle classes, and to increase business efficiency. Having a vibrant and high quality higher education system is widely accepted […]

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  • From connectivity to next-generation learning

    From connectivity to next-generation learning

    By Chun-ming Leung – We can apply elements of network theory to identify increasing connectivity as a driving force behind recent developments in higher education. This will also help us to understand the different characteristics of next-generation learning. Connectivity and Learning We define the connectivity of a network as a measure of the extent to which its components are linked to one another, and of the ease with which the individual components can interact with each other. Since learning generally […]

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  • The students of tomorrow

    The students of tomorrow

    By Rikiichi Koizumi – The growth of ICT such as the Internet has been accelerating the globalisation of societies in recent years. In cyberspace, there are no national, temporal or geographical borders. ‘Digital natives’, who were born at a time when the Internet was commonplace, live in two different societies: the ‘real society’ and the ‘virtual society’. Living in such an environment is perfectly normal and natural for them. However, for ‘digital immigrants’ like those of my generation, this two-tiered […]

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  • How Open Data, data literacy and Linked Data will revolutionise higher education

    By Derek McAuley, Hanif Rahemtulla, James Goulding and Catherine Souch – ‘Open Data’ refers to the philosophical and methodological approach to democratising data, enabling individuals, communities and organisations to access and create value through the reuse of non-sensitive, publicly available information. This data is typically available online at no cost to citizen groups, non-governmental-organisations (NGOs) and businesses. Some view this as the logical conclusion to Freedom of Information (FoI) Acts in various countries—if citizens can ask for the data, why […]

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  • First class: how assessment can enhance student learning

    By Sally Brown – Too many universities pay insufficient attention to assessment: usually the mechanics are adequately managed, but the purposes and practices are less well thought-through, relying on ‘tried and tested’ approaches, which in reality are neither. ‘Nothing we do to, or for our students is more important than our assessment of their work and the feedback we give them on it. The results of our assessment influence students for the rest of their lives and careers.’1 Assessment in […]

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  • Diversity in higher education and social mobility

    By Matt Grist and Julia Margo – Let us introduce you to Asa (not her real name). We met Asa at a Community College in London, England. Asa was a ‘learning advocate’, someone who represents the college to external visitors like us, and who observes lessons, carries out research and advocates on behalf of students to the college’s senior staff. Asa was a bright, focussed young woman. And she wanted to go to university. What she wanted to study was […]

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  • What is ‘higher’ about higher education?

    What is ‘higher’ about higher education?

    By Gavin Moodie – This short article answers Cleveland’s question ‘What is “higher” about higher education?’ 1 by distinguishing higher education from vocational education on the one hand and school education on the other. It argues that education varies by the extent to which its context is academic disciplines and the extent to which its context is outside education, most often work. Higher education is distinguished from vocational education by being more academic and less externally contextualised than vocational education. […]

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  • Learning for the future

    By Phil Race – It has long been recognised that learning happens by doing rather than by just being in the presence of someone more learned. For centuries, higher education educators’ roles centred on transmitting the content of precious books, articles and other resources in ways that learners could handle. Now, information is ubiquitous. Most learning resources are available to just about everyone online (often free) or through a plethora of information-handling channels. This necessitates transformed roles for educators, to […]

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