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  • THE Campus: The big ideas behind higher education microcredentials

    30/09/2021 Duración: 49min

    From badges to bundles, stacks of credits to microcredentials, the list of alternative credentials for higher education is growing. Partly in response to learner and employer demand but also partly in response to universities' economic situation post-pandemic.  But for those who haven’t dared to even dip their toe into the alternative credential pond, where should they begin? How do you train your staff and ensure credit-bearing courses fit into your institution’s curriculum? Most importantly, how do you ensure these courses meet quality standards? Tim Blackman, vice-chancellor at the UK's Open University, and Kemi Jona, assistant vice-chancellor for digital innovation and enterprise learning at Northeastern University, speak to us about what universities should take into consideration when they're exploring alternative credentials and how the field is evolving.  Find out examples of other alternative credential and delivery models in our THE Campus spotlight Eyes on the horizon: innovations in providing h

  • THE Campus: Bridging universities‘ new digital divide

    02/09/2021 Duración: 26min

    Universities are going into the 2021-22 academic year with a greater capacity to deliver online and hybrid teaching. But just as existing digital divides presented complex teaching challenges during the pandemic, faculty’s lack of digital literacy and of pedagogical training could render universities’ digital transformations ineffective.    Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon, discusses her research into the new digital divide in higher education and how universities can work to fill it.    Explore our Spotlight collection of resources on the new academic skill set. And you can read Lauren's chapter in the Global Learning Council's latest report Digital Transformation of Higher Education

  • THE Campus: What's needed to scale higher education?

    05/08/2021 Duración: 44min

    In this episode of the THE podcast, we speak with Ian Jacobs, the outgoing vice-chancellor of UNSW Sydney about what motivates universities to scale their operations and how it can be done.  We also speak with Jude Sheeran, principal, international education and research technology at Amazon Web Services about types of technology that can support the expansion of higher education's capacity.  Spacial thanks to Amazon Web Services for sponsoring this episode.  Find advice from academics around the world on how teaching can reach more students without losing quality in our spotlight Think Big: Successfully scaling higher education. 

  • THE Campus: What does it mean to be a civic university?

    08/07/2021 Duración: 47min

    Since the 18th century, universities' civic missions have evolved beyond widening access to higher education to now include public engagement, economic renewal and community outreach.   This week we speak with two experts who are deeply involved in civic activities at their institutions in the UK and in Canada.    Jeremy Read is the CEO of the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation and UWCRC 2.0 and Carenza Lewis is a professor for the Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln.    To find advice on how to start or improve your universities' civic activities, go to our THE Campus Spotlight: how to be a civic university post-pandemic.

  • Making practice publishable: a journal article-cum-podcast

    16/06/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    Can you use a podcast to tell the story of a journal article? Helen Wolfenden, a lecturer in radio at Macquarie University, thinks you can and has set out to do it in this guest podcast episode “Making practice publishable”.  “I think it brings the knowledge to life in a completely different kind of way,” she said.  If that’s not enough, the journal article and podcast are based on Helen’s research into the academic publishing world. As a practice-based academic herself, she looked into the different approaches to truth-seeking and knowledge translation in professional practice realms and theory-based academic environments. This episode is full of tips about how to publish academic articles for anyone transitioning into an academic career or researchers at the beginning of their journey into academia. You can download a limited free e-print of the published article this podcast is based on here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/TTCSCXEGG6ZCMTVNWNIG/full?target=10.1080/02691728.2019.1675098

  • THE Campus: Make your teaching more inclusive and equitable

    10/06/2021 Duración: 56min

    Sara Custer hosts a group conversation with academics and university staff from the US and the UK about diversity, equity and inclusion, with a specific focus on anti-racism education and neurodiversity awareness. They bust myths about diversity, equity and inclusion work and offer tips on how universities and faculty can make their campuses and classrooms inclusive to all students' needs. Panellists include Jason Arday, an associate professor in sociology at Durham University and the deputy executive dean for people and culture in the Faculty of Social Science and Health; Tazin Daniels, an assistant director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan and a digital equity expert with the Every Learner Everywhere Network; Chiara Horlin, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Glasgow and founder of the institution's Neurodiversity Network; and Amanda Irvin, senior director for faculty programmes and services at Columbia University's Center for Teaching and Learnin

  • THE Campus: Internationalisation post-pandemic

    13/05/2021 Duración: 01h02min

    The pandemic has forced a major rethink of international higher education. Travel restrictions have put a huge dent in international student enrolments and after a year of doing everything remotely is International travel for students or university staff even necessary? Two scholars give us their opinions on what's next for the internationalisation of higher education, international student mobility and English as a mode of instruction.    Joining hosts Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne are Omolabake Fakunle, a chancellor’s fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan, dean of the Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Open University of Hong Kong.   Read more from Omolabake:  Using internationalisation to enhance digital learning experiences for all   Read more from Benjamin:   Internationalisation means more than just teaching in English Socio-emotional learning will help students cope with the pandemic Don’t let coronavirus hang internship

  • THE Campus: Student employability post-pandemic

    15/04/2021 Duración: 38min

    Boosting employability is the biggest motivator for students completing higher education degrees yet many universities have traditionally argued their role is not to serve labour demands but to “educate”. However, with student debts increasing alongside the cost of university, the need to be assured a good job at the end of a course is becoming more pressing. Labour automation and the changing nature of work were concerns before the pandemic, but now upheaval to the global economy over the last 12 months has added to the challenge of securing graduate level jobs. So how should universities prepare students for the world of work post-pandemic and how should that be reflected in their delivery models and course offerings?  Join THE's Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne as they discuss these questions with Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Glasgow and Nancy Gleason, associate professor of practice of political science and director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Lear

  • THE Campus: Making the case for better faculty training

    18/03/2021 Duración: 53min

    In this show we're discussing the elephant in the classroom: the big gap in basic pedagogical knowledge among academic faculty. How should instructional designers work with faculty? And how can universities encourage superstar researchers to also be excellent teachers? Bringing in their expert opinions are: Brian Schmidt, a Nobel Laureate in Physics and vice-chancellor and president of the Australian National University; and Alexandra Mihai, a learning designer with over a decade of experience in European HE. Sara Custer, THE's associate editor, curation and Miranda Prynne, content curator for THE campus are the hosts.    

  • THE Campus: Caring for staff and student well-being during the pandemic

    18/02/2021 Duración: 48min

    What can university leaders and academics do to take care of themselves and their campus communities during the Covid-19 crisis? What role does kindness and compassion play in university leadership? Join THE's Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne as they discuss these questions with Thuy Thi Nguyen, president of Foothill College and June Gruber, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado and director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory.  Explore the resources in the THE Campus spotlight "Helping staff and students avoid burnout"  

  • THE podcast: a new dawn for higher education?

    25/08/2020 Duración: 31min

    On 1 and 2 September THE's virtual World Academic Summit will bring together over 100 speakers to answer questions like: Is the pandemic and the shift to a more digitally-based world changing the value of “place” for higher education institutions? Does this create a new opportunity for institutions in the Global South to redefine their public value and research impact? Has the pandemic accelerated trends that were already clear and expected for higher education institutions or have we moved into uncharted territory?    The THE World University Rankings 2021 will also be launched during the event.  In this episode of the podcast THE's chief knowledge officer, Phil Baty, and our head of content and engagement for our world summit series, Tim Sowula, join host Sara Custer to discuss the highlights of the upcoming event and what attendees can expect from the virtual platform.  Susan McCahan, vice-provost of academic programmes at the University of Toronto, also speaks with Sara about how the institution has se

  • THE Podcast: Asian universities moved online quickly, now what?

    08/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    Asian universities were the first institutions that had to quickly take all operations online in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now several months into lockdown, the world’s higher education sector will be watching them to see what the next phase of online delivery will be; how assessments will be carried out; and in what ways traditional learning environments will be changed as a result of these emergency measures.    In this episode Sara Custer speaks with THE’s Asia editor Joyce Lau about her coverage of Hong Kong universities and Hamish Coates about how Tsinghua University has responded.    Read more about how Asian universities are responding to the coronavirus pandemic: China’s go-ahead for entrance exam seen as sign of confidence Asian universities face online assessment hurdles in virus crisis Governments have ‘responsibility’ to help reimburse students China’s coronavirus lockdown: ‘In this situation, it is important to just keep going’ Will the coronavirus make online education go vi

  • THE podcast: Data special – in 2020 has HE recovered from the financial crash?

    07/02/2020 Duración: 32min

    THE digital editor Simon Baker speaks to Naomi Firsht about some of the biggest data stories in higher education since the beginning of 2020. As the new decade begins, Simon examines how well the sector globally has recovered from the 2008 financial crash. Meanwhile, UK HE is becoming increasingly reliant on Chinese fee income, and in Indonesia a government policy may have fuelled an increase in low-quality research. Read more: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/has-global-higher-education-recovered-financial-crash https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/uk-universities-increasingly-reliant-chinese-fee-income https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/bonuses-likely-behind-indonesian-skew-towards-domestic-research  

  • THE podcast from Davos: How do universities use the power of place?

    29/01/2020 Duración: 38min

    University leaders from around the world convened at an event co-hosted by Times Higher Education and the University of Toronto in Davos during the World Economic Forum to talk about the power of place. The event kicked off the conversation we'll be having at the World Academic Summit in Toronto in September.    Tim Sowula head of content and engagement for the THE Summits series hosts a special post-event wrap-up with Cheryl Regehr, vice-president and provost at the University of Toronto, Raj Kumar, vice-chancellor of OP Jindal University in India and Michael Spence, vice-chancellor at the University of Sydney. We also bring you highlights of the roundtable discussion.     Speaking in the highlights:   Co-host: Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE Co-host: Cheryl Regehr, vice-president and provost, University of Toronto Speakers (in order): Sarah Springman, rector, ETH Zurich Bing Yang, provost and vice-president, Tsinghua University Peter Piot, director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical

  • THE Podcast: Long-haul community engagement

    14/01/2020 Duración: 21min

    When it comes to community integration, is your institution in it for the long haul? That’s Johns Hopkins University's intention with its Live Near Your Work scheme. The nearly 12-year-old programme provides grants to employees to buy homes in deprived neighbourhoods around east Baltimore.  According to Alicia Wilson vice-president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, the success of an organisation is boosted by the health of its community.  “We value our stake here but we also want the folks who work with us to benefit from being in this city and we’re willing to put dollars behind that,” said Ms. Wilson.  She also gives tips for how institutions that might not have Johns Hopkins' resources can anchor themselves in their local communities. 

  • THE podcast: After the election

    19/12/2019 Duración: 30min

    Boris Johnson soared to victory with a landslide win in the General Election, putting Brexit and the Conservatives’ vision for science and research very much back on the agenda. But what does a now inevitable Brexit mean for universities and those working in higher education, and has the election highlighted a graduate, non-graduate split among voters?  THE deputy news editor John Morgan and THE data editor Simon Baker speak to Naomi Firsht about the election results and discuss what the future holds for HE under Boris Johnson’s government. Read more:  Tory election victory sets scene for UK research funding battle Tory campus free speech bill would ‘stoke new culture war’ Split between graduate, non-graduate voters has bearing on universities UK universities face up to Brexit after Tory election win

  • THE podcast: General Election 2019 – students talk tactical voting, climate change and goats

    09/12/2019 Duración: 35min

    Do students see this as the Brexit election or are issues like climate change and the cost of living more important – and is the promise of zero tuition fees all it’s cracked up to be? Has the drive for student voter registration worked, and what do goats have to do with it? Will there be some tactical voting on 12 December, and how will students be celebrating/commiserating as the election results roll in? To discuss all of this and more, Naomi Firsht speaks to: Joe Vinson, commercial services officer and director of Queen Mary students’ union service; Atyab Rashid, student at King’s College London and vice-president of KCL’s Liberal Democrat Society; Carol Paige, ­democracy, operations and community officer at UCL Students’ Union; and Bo Jacobs Strom, student at the London School of Economics and Political Science and volunteer with the UK Student Climate Network. Find out more: A student’s guide to the UK general election UK general election 2019: where could students impact the vote?

  • THE podcast: General Election 2019 – can students swing seats?

    05/12/2019 Duración: 21min

    Student populations can make a big difference to a constituency’s make-up, and with the 12 December election taking place during term-time, we may see the student vote having an impact on certain seats. THE’s data editor, Simon Baker, has crunched the numbers and come up with a student impact score for each constituency. In this General Election 2019 special podcast, he explains how this works and discusses which seats might lead to some surprising results. Read more: UK general election 2019: where could students impact the vote? Students risk missing out on votes as universities lag on registration Labour support among UK students nearly halves in 18 months

  • THE Podcast: Is technology neutral? The ethics of AI

    05/12/2019 Duración: 57min

    Two experts in AI discuss the big ethical questions about the technology that are keeping them up at night. Plus, they consider how universities can be a driving force for ethical AI development and what, if anything, can be done to develop global AI regulations.  At the THE Live in November, Sara Custer, digital editor at Times Higher Education, sat down with Kate Devlin, senior lecturer in social and cultural artificial intelligence at King's College London and Nathan Lea, a senior research associate in clinical epidemiology at the Institute of Health Informatics at UCL. This is a recording of that panel. 

  • THE Podcast: General Election 2019 – what are the parties pledging for higher education?

    29/11/2019 Duración: 25min

    The General Election is fast approaching and the party manifestos are finally out. Labour is promising to cut tuition fees, the Conservatives want more of a focus on science and the Liberal Democrats would rather not mention HE at all. But what are all of the parties really offering for higher education and how are they proposing to achieve their aims?  THE’s deputy news editor, John Morgan, talks us through the main parties’ manifestos, providing an essential breakdown of what they are pledging and where they are lacking, and analyses what such promises could mean for higher education. Read more: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/tories-may-make-universities-share-risk-low-quality-courses https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/labour-commits-ps72-billion-axeing-fees-and-reviving-grants https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/lib-dems-seek-sidestep-fees-trauma-he-review-pledge