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bookmarks for November 3rd, 2010

  • Colleges Transform the Liberal Arts – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Rebrand the lib arts: "Taking a new form and, in some cases, going by a new name, the liberal arts are becoming a very visible force in the curricular lives of students. What's more, the number of students majoring in most humanities fields—disciplines viewed by some as the key to a liberal-arts education—has grown since the late 1980s." – (none)
  • Faculty Views About Online Learning – – via Tech-Rhet. Bar charts. Online is more work for less educational quality, and practiced mainly by the tenure-track faculty. I'm assuming this refers mainly to institutionalized CMS stuff. That's my over-generalization for the day. – (#plenk2010 DE openeducation open_learning CMS ple )
  • Stephen Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education – Go, Stephen: "While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether. For it is manifest that the institution, the form in which we have managed education and society in general, has ultimately come to failure." This article is difficult to summarize, but it places institutionalized ed in there with corporate greed, exploitation, outsourcing, and powerlessness. And my university says, "Education is broken because we don't assess." Ed is broken alright, but it's broken like corporations are. – (#plenk2010 assessment openeducation open_learning ple )