Author discusses his book, 'The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching' - Inside Higher Ed

Terry McGlynn is constantly promoting better teaching of science in American colleges and universities. A professor of biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of the blog Small Pond Science , he believes that good teaching is essential at every kind of college. But to achieve that, he thinks some of the incentives of American higher education (think of what generates raises at research universities) need to change. He's put his ideas together in a book, The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching (University of Chicago Press). McGlynn answered questions about his book via email. Q: What are the major flaws of science teaching at colleges in the U.S.? A: A lot of us have never been trained how to teach. Doesn’t it seem fundamentally absurd that graduate students and faculty all over the country are teaching science without even having taken a single course in science teaching? We jump through an absurd number of hoops to become college faculty, ye

edX and Coursera learning platforms - courses and price comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

edX and Coursera learning platforms - courses and price comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

edX and Coursera learning platforms - courses and price comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 07:13 AM PST

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As online learning platforms continue to grow, there are more and more options for more accessible education. Whether you're looking to switch careers, pick up a new skill for your current job, or take classes for fun, many e-learning platforms offer both free classes and paid certificate programs that can be budget-friendly alternatives to traditional college.

Among some of the biggest platforms are edX and Coursera, which collaborate with prestigious universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and MIT to provide free or comparatively affordable online courses. Each lets users audit at least some classes for free, pay to earn certificates to put on LinkedIn or your resume, and complete longer certificate programs that can be used as cheaper college credits to work towards a full degree. 

Below is a comparison of both edX and Coursera's features, including the pricing for each.

Woods College rolls out applied liberal arts degree and diversity specialization - Boston College Chronicle

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 09:43 AM PST

Michelle Elias Bloomer, associate dean for undergraduate programs at Woods College, concurred, noting that the goal in creating the major was "to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a premier Boston College liberal arts education along with 21st-century in-demand labor market skills." 

The Woods College B.A. in Applied Liberal Arts emphasizes the critical thinking, ethical reasoning, creativity, cultural literacy, problem-solving, and effective communication skills that are hallmarks of liberal arts education⁠⁠—and greatly valued by today's employers⁠—enhanced by training in workplace essentials such as project management, data visualization and analysis, design thinking, and conflict resolution.

"It's the best of both worlds," said Muncaster. "Our program prepares students to thrive as well-rounded, thoughtful leaders in a diverse, global society⁠, while also grounding them in competencies directly applicable to the workplace."

"Many of our students are already balancing work and family," she said. "It's important to them to be able to connect their education to their lives, their work, and their futures. This degree program can help them make that connection; help them develop the skills they need to pursue rewarding careers."

Similar to other Woods degree programs, the applied liberal arts major welcomes both full- and part-time students; courses are offered online, on campus, or in a hybrid format.

Programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion

In spring 2021, the Woods College will offer a new program in diversity, equity, and inclusion⁠—or DEI⁠—as a both a graduate certificate and a concentration within the school's M.S. in Leadership and Administration degree program.

The DEI certificate/specialization responds to the critical and growing need for leaders equipped with the understanding, skill, and sensitivity required to help improve the culture of their organizations and guide them toward becoming more supportive, engaging communities.

"We're delighted to provide a program for those who are eager to move change forward in their workplaces," said Muncaster. "Woods College has a long tradition of responding to the needs of diverse students and non-traditional students; this program is a perfect fit for us."

Is This the End of College as We Know It? - The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 08:01 AM PST

Rachael Wittern earned straight As in high school, a partial scholarship to college and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is now 33 years old, lives in Tampa, earns $94,000 a year as a psychologist and says her education wasn't worth the cost. She carries $300,000 in student debt.

Dr. Wittern's 37-year-old husband worked in a warehouse for several years before becoming an apprentice electrician. He expects to earn comparable money when he's finished—minus the debt. When and if they have children, Dr. Wittern says her...


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