Higher Ed used as a mode of exercising “soft power” and one university’s attempt to order 1,200 hand-sanitizer stations. Here’s my latest roundup:
Financial Times, JUN 23 2020
The FT’s Andrew Jack reports on the Chinese government’s use of university scholarships as a mode of exercising “soft power” in Africa. UNESCO has released a report that shows how China’s government now offers more university scholarships to African students than the leading western governments combined.
Forbes, JUN 23 2020
This article details the noteworthy MAPS Project, a higher education initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Project has launched the MAPS Dashboard, a large compilation of data and student surveys on Covid-19’s impact on higher education. Their work is engineered to help enable agile decision making during the pandemic; it is really worth checking out!
EdSurge, JUN 19 2020
EdSurge describes MIT’s Herculean efforts to use the collective brain-power of their staff to formulate their plan for reopening in the fall. This included coordinating 69 different forums via Zoom, in which groups of ten or twelve would brainstorm ideas. The resulting report will be released later this month or in July.
Wall Street Journal, JUN 24 2020
WSJ’s Melissa Korn details the efforts of higher education institutions to put in place procedures that will allow them to reopen in the fall. Measures such as ordering a mile’s worth of plexiglass may seem faintly amusing but could they be the new normal?
EdSurge, JUN 18 2020
Rebecca Koenig speaks with a number of Open Educational Resources advocates who put forward their case. Among the benefits of OER they detail are its low cost and adaptability over time. John Richards of the Harvard Graduate School of Education points out for instance that OER’s adaptability means that it is far quicker to evolve in response to reading data collected from students.
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