Keeping it on the company campus

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Keeping it on the company campus
The Economist
  • Firms looking to put their managers through development programmes are increasingly creating their own, rather than relying on business schools, consulting firms and the like. Companies are not only spending more of their training budgets in-house but are setting up their own “corporate universities”.
  • Unlike conventional universities, corporate universities tend to focus more on practice than theory, they rarely hand out degrees, and they have two distinguishing features: the first is a dedicated facility, whether built of bricks or housed online; the second is a curriculum tailored to the company’s overarching strategy. 
  • A survey by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that the number of formal corporate universities in America doubled between 1997 and 2007, to around 2,000. Since then, it reckons, they have continued to spread, and now more than 4,000 companies around the world have them.
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Keywords: business, MBA, corporate universities
The Bloomberg Recruiter Report: Job Skills Companies Want But Can’t Get
Bloomberg Business
  • Business schools are supposed to produce graduates who have the abilities companies need most. But corporate recruiters say some highly sought-after skills are in short supply among newly minted MBAs.
  • Bloomberg surveyed 1,320 job recruiters at more than 600 companies to find out which skills employers want but can’t find—and which B-schools are best at meeting the needs of the market.
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Keywords: MBA, skills gap, business schools
Why Technology Will Never Fix Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • While technology helps education where it’s already doing well, technology does little for mediocre educational systems. Even when technology tested well in experiments, the attempt to scale up its impact was limited by the availability of strong leadership, good teachers, and involved parents.
  • The real obstacle in education remains student motivation. Especially in an age of informational abundance, getting access to knowledge isn’t the bottleneck, mustering the will to master it is. And there, for good or ill, the main carrot of a college education is the certified degree and transcript, and the main stick is social pressure.
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Keywords: education, technology, edtech, MOOCs
3 Difficult-To-Swallow Truths About The History Of Education And The Future Of Technology
  • One part of the current education reform agenda argues that the internet has made the world bigger. Therefore, because we are more connected than ever before, the story goes, we need to think about education as the practice of cross-cultural tolerance and global awareness.
  • This is just plain wrong. The truth is that we’ve never had to deal with so much similarity. That’s the big shift we face. Plato, in the 4th Century BC, already saw education as a necessity for a global, connected world. For Plato, the purpose of an education is to create citizens, to teach humans what they need to know to live and participate in a prosperous city-state, to prepare adults to contribute to society. 
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Keywords: education, future, technology
edX, Arizona State to Offer Proctored Online Exams
Education News
  • MOOC platform edX has announced its partnership with RPNow to start offering proctored digital assessments for students participating in edX’s Global Freshman Academy. RPNow uses a web camera to ensure student ID authentication and prevents fraud and other exam violations.
  • Unlike other proctoring solutions, RPNow enables edX to record and watch the video streams of exam-taking students later making it possible for more people from every part of the world to complete the credit-eligible freshman courses. 
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Keywords: online education, MOOCs, edX, Arizona State University
Report: Competency Ed Needs To Show 'Credible Evidence' To Prove Validity
Campus Technology
  • The new report, titled, "Measuring Mastery," provides best practices for schools in how to validate assessments and establish performance levels that tie to "real-world mastery." CBE programs need to be validated against external standards in order to prove to employers that a competency-based education is "credible evidence of students' career readiness."
  • "CBE programs have generally done a good job defining the relevant competencies, that is, what students need to know, and what they'll learn," said Katie McClarty, director of the Center for College & Career Success. "The next critical step will be gathering empirical evidence that documents the relationship between competency mastery and future success."
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Keywords: competency-based education, CBE
Harvard School of Ed Launches Free Online Library of Student Work
Campus Technology
  • The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has launched the Center for Student Work, an online collection of exemplary student projects.  A collaborative project between HGSE and Expeditionary Learning, the free resource includes videos, writing samples and other work designed to provide teachers foundations to create their own projects.
  • The searchable collection includes projects in English language arts, health and wellness, math, performing arts, science and technology, social studies, visual arts and world languages. 
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Keywords: education, open resources, online collection
PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?
Times Higher Education
  • The average doctoral student spends about six months of their four-year programme writing their thesis, and another three “waiting for it to be examined”. Is this really appropriate for the modern world? Communication within the science world and with the public is becoming shorter and snappier, yet our PhDs still seem to be stuck in the 1960s.
  • What about going further and abolishing the thesis entirely, and instead allowing students to submit a bundle of papers?  The “integrated format”, as the UK Council for Graduate Education calls it, is already common in many European countries. The UKCGE report attributes the integrated format’s rise to growing pressure on students to publish their findings prior to graduation – not least so that they can compete for postdoctoral positions in an increasingly international job market.
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Keywords: graduate education, postgraduate education, PhD, thesis, research
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