How Big Data has Transformed Research
Guardian Higher Education speaks with four researchers that are using data to enhance research.
Excerpt: “Illustris is a computer simulation of the evolution of the universe, through which we study how galaxies and their constituent stars and black holes form and evolve over cosmic time.”
For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon
Excerpt: “Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.
At last count, there were 4,300 Americans studying at German universities, with more than half pursuing degrees, says Ulrich Grothus, deputy secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service.
“We’ve seen an overall increase in international students in this country over the last 10 years, but the increase for Americans has been much faster,” he says. Between 2003 and 2013, he says, the number increased by 56 percent.”
Don’t Make These Common Higher Education Mistakes
Excerpt: “There is a strange disconnect happening in discussions about college prices. On one hand, there are stories and data illustrating how low- and moderate-income families are experiencing ever-growing living costs in the face of stagnant wages, including the rising price of college. On the other hand, there are arguments that the actual out-of-pocket price of college is quite low or even free for the lowest-income students.
The radically different presentations of college affordability reflect the ways in which language and vocabulary around higher education can lead to wildly different assumptions. Those who say that college is affordable use the word “price” to mean tuition and fees. Those who say that college is increasingly unaffordable are referring to a larger definition of price that includes room and board, transportation, and other expenses students accrue in order to complete college.”
Connecting Credentials, a Lumina Foundation Initiative
Excerpt: “Connecting Credentials is a group of collaborating partners who share the commitment to build large-scale use of competency-based credentials by businesses, educators, and learners/workers across the nation. The purpose of this initiative is to support the growing number of stakeholders who are becoming involved in improving credentialing in the United States. The website is being managed by the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), with support from Lumina Foundation.”
Adults, Computers and Problem Solving / Report from the OECD
Abstract: The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving. The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have the largest proportions of adults (around 40%) who score at the higher levels in problem solving, while Ireland, Poland and the Slovak Republic have the smallest proportions of adults (around 20%) who score at those levels. Variations in countries’ proficiency in problem solving using ICT are found to reflect differences in access to the Internet and in the frequency with which adults use e-mail. The report finds that problem-solving proficiency is strongly associated with both age and general cognitive proficiency, even after taking other relevant factors into account. Proficiency in problem solving using ICT is related to greater participation in the labour force, lower unemployment, and higher wages. By contrast, a lack of computer experience has a substantial negative impact on labour market outcomes, even after controlling for other factors. The discussion considers policies that promote ICT access and use, opportunities for developing problem-solving skills in formal education and through lifelong learning, and the importance of problem-solving proficiency in the context of e-government services.
Why Is The University Still Here? / Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation
Two short articles on technology and innovation in education by Danny Crichton.