Advice for handling a difficult student in the classroom (essay)

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Maria Shine Stewart provides some advice for dealing with particularly difficult students in the classroom.

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Pending Crackdown on "Degree Inflation" in the U.K.?

United Kingdom Universities Minister Jo Johnson said “tackling degree inflation will be a priority” for the Office of Students, the new regulator of universities, raising the possibility that quotas limiting the number of "first-level" degrees could be put in place, the Independent reported. A rapid increase in the number of university students earning the top level, or “first-class” degrees, has led to concern that universities are dropping standards in order to recruit for undergraduate students. The number of first-class degrees awarded has grown by 59 percent since government-capped tuition fees rose from 3,000 pounds (about $3,846) to £9,000 (about $11,539) in 2011. A third of universities now award first-class degrees to a quarter of their students, four times the number that did five years ago.

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Improv 'Pimp' Exercise Results in Lawsuit

A student is suing Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, saying that his free speech rights were violated after he followed a theater professor’s instructions to act like a pimp trying to collect money from a sex worker. Joshua Zale, the student, in his lawsuit says that he was clearly asked to pretend he was a pimp during an improv exercise, but was later banned from registering for new classes for using an “unacceptable” word and causing a “disruption” during a related meeting with college administrators, according to the Chicago Tribune. Zale in his complaint says he refused to write an essay for punishment and is seeking monetary damages and the ability to once again register for classes. A college spokesperson declined comment on the pending litigation. The lawsuit does not specify which word the college allegedly found offensive, and Zale did not return a request for comment.

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Using digital storytelling to transform learning

Three University of Minnesota staff members write that by employing multimedia and expert sources, students consider issues from multiple viewpoints and better analyze problems and potential solutions.

Which is better -- reading in print or on-screen?

A scholarly report states students may not comprehend complex text in a digital format as well as in print. Other educators argue both formats have value.

Associated Colleges of the South tries on blended learning for size

Associated Colleges of the South has worked to expand its commitment to blended and hybrid learning. Results have been mixed, as costs haven't gone down and faculty skepticism hasn't evaporated.

Younger people think they gain more knowledge from technology than from humans, study finds

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Experts react to ambitious National University plans for personalized learning

The California nonprofit is spending $20 million to create a platform blending several emergent innovations. Experts see promise but challenges, too.

Booklet and webcast available on online education

"New Directions in Online Education" is a compilation of articles and essays from Inside Higher Ed. The print-on-demand booklet can be downloaded here, free.

For-profit back in business, but legal dispute continues

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Obama administration shut down the Myhre family-owned Globe University, but an affiliated university bought four of its Wisconsin campuses with the backing of the Trump administration and a state regulator with a tough reputation on for-profits.


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