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Educause Game Changers book worth a look

Educause is well known to the denizens of HE, and they have just released a new book edited by Diana Oblinger, [Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies](http://www.educause.edu/game-changers). With 17 chapters and an additional 21 case studies, the work is a compilation of authors’ views about how “Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations”. The authors are a collection of university presidents, provosts, faculty and others who are taking a serious analysis of how the face of HE needs to change to sustain. Continue reading Educause Game Changers book worth a look

Indian HE market being impacted by private universities

The Hindustan Times has a [report](http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/824475.aspx) which details that private universities have risen from 20 in 2004 to 107 in 2011, 535% upsurge in seven years. This is an amazing change in the HE landscape in a rapidly developing economy that needs to educate its workforce to compete in the global economy. Continue reading Indian HE market being impacted by private universities

Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

Current books on how education needs to change

There are a number of books out that are meant to tackle the problem of how the US HE model (and one that applies in principle to western HE) needs to respond to the growing demands and [disruptive](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/21/new-entrant-in-the-etextbook-market-amazon/) forces facing the [academy](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2006/07/23/friedman-flattener-1-11989-the-new-age-of-creativity/). At a time when funding is plummeting for publicly funded institutions and there is a rise on for-profits, while at the same time political forces are calling for more education, I wondered if any of these books had some answers. Continue reading Current books on how education needs to change

OER Panel gathers to assess state

There have been many attempts at [OER](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/?s=eresource) over the years, and technologies have always played a part in forming the basis for innovation and breakaway from currently dominant models. The Center for American Progress hosted a [panel](http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/02/oer.html) that looked at the current state and where things are going. Continue reading OER Panel gathers to assess state

Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

I have long been a critic of the [academic publishing industry](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) and the increasing costs for getting, mainly, publicly funded research out to peer-review and the wider scholarly community. And to be sure, there is more malaise in the total system than just the publishers. There is also the push to “publish or die” and the growing pressure to “publish and engage with the digital world.” But a recent call by a very accomplished academic at Cambridge has lit a fire in the heather, and there is a line of villagers armed with pitchforks heading up to the Elsevier castle. Continue reading Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

For-profits HE dealt a blow in the UK

Well, a blow against for-profit HE was struck in the UK when David Cameron took a tactical decision to [drop](http://tgr.ph/yB7fx7) a bill in the next session to allow more competition in the UK HE space. Competition is good, but not by opening it up to dodgy for-profits. I’ve been [writing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/27/for-profit-he-costs-surpassed-non-profit-he-costs-for-students/) on these concerns for some time, and I’m happy to see the present move by the UK government. Continue reading For-profits HE dealt a blow in the UK

For-Profit HE costs surpassed Non-profit HE costs for students

There has been much going on of late about the [HE degree bubble](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/15/the-he-degree-bubble/) and the inflationary [pressures](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/24/more-on-the-he-bubble-and-degree-value-inflation/) operating on this particular industrial sector. Now a study has demonstrated that the cost for a student attending a *For-Profit* HEI has outstripped that of both private and public *Nonprofit* HEIs. This is particularly concerning when one considers the debt built up and the source of much of the profit. Continue reading For-Profit HE costs surpassed Non-profit HE costs for students