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Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates

Google announced three new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management and user experience design. 

The certificates are created and taught by Google employees, do not require a college degree, can be completed in three to six months and are offered through the online learning platform Coursera. Google says it will consider all of its certificates as the equivalent of a four-year college degree for related roles at the company.

“This is not revenue-generating for Google,” says Google vice president, Lisa Gevelber, who leads Grow with Google and Google for Startups and serves as the company’s Americas chief marketing officer. “There’s a small cost from the Coursera platform itself — the current pricing is $49 a month — but we want to ensure that anyone who wants to have this opportunity, can have it.”

The tech giant has committed to funding 100,000 need-based scholarships for individuals enrolled in any of these career certificate programs and will be awarding over $10 million in grants to YWCA, NPower and JFF — three nonprofits that partner with Google to provide workforce development to women, veterans and underrepresented Americans.

Gevelber says Google chose the specific fields of data analytics, project management and user experience because they can lead to “high-growth, high-paying careers.”


Abigail Hess

July 13 2020

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QAAedu are currently mediating between the UK's GCHQ: National Security Cyber Centre and Pearson, for a new GCSE for England to ensure all school children (Key Stage 4) are offered the opportunity to learn the essential skills they will increasingly need to keep them and their peers safe online. Also, to initiate a pipeline of aware and trained future staff to do battle with ever increasing international hackers.

The new Irish GCSE in Digital Technology has already graduated their first national cohort of prepared students, and the Welsh are putting their programme into action for the 2021 academic year, so why would the English Ofqual be procrastinating?

Over the next twenty years there will be a shortfall of over 2m trained IT staff globally, and as it stands at the moment in the UK only 1 in 200 female students choose to take A-Level in IT studies. So the IT workforce in the UK has only 11% female staff. (Figures from NSCS, 2019).

We need to press the DoE for this new DT GCSE to be available fir all students in the UK.


TEQSA’s fourth annual conference concludes with ministerial address

With more than 1,000 delegates from more than a dozen countries, TEQSA’s fourth annual conference concluded today with TEQSA panel discussions, and a speech from the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP. 

“TEQSA is a unique Australian approach to regulation of quality in higher education,” Minister Tehan said. 

“The key to TEQSA’s success, I believe, is its proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.” 

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The Joys of 'Flipping Classes'

Flipped Classroom – Five Years On  brought together teachers across the university to talk about their practice of flipped classroom teaching. A collaboration between Pauline Porcaro (SEH) and myself (Media & Communication) this event aimed to reflect on at least five years of practice amongst teaching staff (longer in some cases) and to consider future innovations.

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Academics should stop being so sniffy about TED

TED polarises the academic community. When academics hear that I attend the TED conference and organise TEDx events, they usually can’t resist sharing their thoughts about this online, cross-disciplinary gorilla in the learning landscape.

Supporters enthusiastically recommend favourite talks, whereas detractors see TED talks as excessively numerous, lacking in technical detail and not worthy of the popularity that they often enjoy.

The TED talk library is the core of TED’s success. More than 3,000 talks are available online for free. 

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Chinese Students UK University Applications Up by 30%

UCAS statistics show almost 20,000 Chinese students applied to undergraduate courses in the UK this year.

Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30% since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.

The UCAS university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up from 15,240 in 2018), compared with 18,520 from Northern Ireland. The real figure will be higher as not all Chinese applications are made via UCAS.

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Ofsted to resume visits in September with published reports but no grades

Ofsted will start visiting colleges and training providers again from September – with letters about what the inspectors found to be published but with no grades.

The watchdog will also carry out an additional monitoring visit to new providers that have an existing ‘insufficient progress’ rating, which will also result in a “brief” report but will include fresh progress judgements.

This programme of work will take place until January 2021 when a return to full education inspections is planned, as announced by education secretary Gavin Williamson on Thursday.

Ofsted’s inspection activity has been paused since March owing to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Amanda Spielman (pictured), Ofsted’s chief inspector, said the inspectorate will be “part of the rebuilding effort from September” and their visits will “help parents understand how schools and colleges are getting children and students back up to speed after so long at home”.

“And we want to help [schools and colleges], by having constructive conversations and not passing judgement,” she added.

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QAAedu are working with Erasmus+ programmes in Europe, to deliver training to teachers and admin staff.

This year we have been asked to design and deliver meaningful and future-proofed programmes in School Management and also Cybersecurity.

So, watch this space for updates when travel gets back to normal around Europe later in the summer.


Art and design higher education leaders unveil virtual Shared Campus

Seven art and design higher education institutions bringing together London, Zurich, Singapore, Taipei, Kyoto and Hong Kong have launched Shared Campus; a united university concept to collaborate on creative education, research and knowledge production across multiple countries. Spearheading an ecologically sustainable, cross-cultural digital university model, Shared Campus partners will build up collective knowledge by connecting their shared interests, competencies, resources and infrastructures to form a virtual campus.

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UK to Introduce Two Year
Post-Study Work Visas

The new “graduate route” will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, at any skill level, for a period of two years after completing their courses. There will be no cap on the number of students who can apply for the new route.

The Department for Education said: “The new immigration route will be available to international students who have successfully completed a course in any subject at undergraduate level or higher at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance, and have Tier 4 [student visa] leave at the point the route is introduced. This includes students who start courses in 2020-21 at undergraduate level or above.”


Understanding Digital Society

Digital innovations are reshaping our society, economy, culture and lifestyle. Their ability to impact – and potentially advance – all aspects of our society cannot be overstated, resulting in a need for vigorous interdisciplinary research, from the application of digital innovations to benefit our daily life to a thorough understanding of the relationship between digital advancement and society.

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The Education Movement You’ve Never Heard Of

The Acton Academy:

If ever there were sustaining proof that the educational process of children is subjective and evolving, it is the fact that the application of Common Core standards has turned into a political debate. Americans want their children to have the knowledge necessary to achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives but we still seem uncertain on how to make that happen. Public schools are often beleaguered with tax funding and facilities shortages while home schooling can deprive children of social interactions critical to development.

How do we fix something if we don’t precisely understand how it is broken?

Jeff and Laura Sandefer of Austin appear to have landed on a viable concept called “learner-driven” schools, or academies. Seven years ago they launched a small school that allowed students to follow their curiosity and seek answers to questions and problems with little more than supervisory adult guidance. The strategy loosely parallels the philosophical approach to education pioneered by the late A.S. Neill, who founded the famed Summerhill School in England, which allowed children to learn with “freedom from adult coercion and community self-governance.”

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What is the Point of Strategic Planning?

Formulating and implementing a strategic plan is core to the modern university leader’s job description. But amid complaints that such documents are vacuous, generic and irrelevant to the wider community, John Ross asks how the process can be improved?

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Not Sure How to Structure Your University?

Not sure about how to structure your university? Ask 700 pizza-fuelled volunteers - 'There is no right or wrong way to structure a university, but there may yet be some novel ways.'

Crowdsourcing a new configuration for the University of South Australia boosted brainpower and perhaps even institutional loyalty, says David Lloyd.


Education Institution is Stripped Access to Student Loans Amid Concerns of Low Quality Degrees

The first higher education institution has been stripped of its access to student loans amid concerns over low quality degrees.

The Bloomsbury Institute, which is based in central London and run by a for-profit company, offers degrees in business, accountancy and law.

But the higher education watchdog, the Office for Students (OfS) announced on Thursday that it has refused the registration application of the institute, citing concerns about the “quality of student outcomes”.

Young Businesswomen

Employability is an Ethical Issue

A student is in your office, and she wants your advice. Her father has arranged a high-powered internship at his hedge fund, which – if all goes well – will give her the experience, contacts and references she will need to get a well-paid job in finance when she graduates from university. But to take it, she’ll have to turn down an alternative summer job: a stint answering phones and helping out at a local debt advice charity. How should you help her weigh up these opportunities?