Beyond Degrees

Beyond Degrees
by Guy St. Clair

Beyond Degrees gives a unique view of the current hot topic of continuing professional development / lifelong learning in the information services environment. It aims to provide the reader with guidelines for conceptualising, designing and measuring successful programmes for professional learning, staff development and professional growth in the organization.

Beyond Degrees
by Edwin Lee, Tai Yong Tan

The colourful and chequered history of Singapore’s foremost tertiary institution from the time it began as a medical school in 1905 to what it is today, is engagingly recounted in this book, along with anecdotes of famous and colourful characters who have studied or taught there, and illustrations, which are generously peppered throughout the book.

Three Degrees Beyond Reality
by Jim Cue

Jim Cue’s first published book of short stories include science fiction and fantasy where everything is just a little “off” the worlds we know. “Braxton’s Pride” and “Blame Not These Accursed Stars” tell two alternate stories of the short career of Jack the Ripper. In “A Baker’s Dozen,” college engineering whiz Chris Christopherson, in a case of mistaken identity, is kidnapped by the most attractive woman he’s ever met; Allison Li Chen, the Commander of European Commonwealth Security (Space Division); on a collision course into uncharted JaOan territory. “No King Cole” is an unexpected love story that pairs the irony of “The Gift of the Maji” with the deception and violence of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in a world of shadowy cyber-doubles. In “ThereOs Been a Change in Me,” a whistleblower and his former secretary-turned-fugitive conspire to take on the Interstellar Corporation before it can make them, and their secrets, disappear. You’ll find these stories, and more, in this page-turning debut.

Degrees That Matter
by Natasha A. Jankowski, David W. Marshall

Concerned by ongoing debates about higher education that talk past one another, the authors of this book show how to move beyond these and other obstacles to improve the student learning experience and further successful college outcomes. Offering an alternative to the culture of compliance in assessment and accreditation, they propose a different approach which they call the Learning System Paradigm. Building on the shift in focus from teaching to learning, the new paradigm encourages faculty and staff to systematically seek out information on how well students are learning and how well various areas of the institution are supporting the student experience and to use that information to create more coherent and explicit learning experiences for students.

The authors begin by surveying the crowded terrain of reform in higher education and proceed from there to explore the emergence of this alternative paradigm that brings all these efforts together in a coherent way. The Learning System Paradigm presented in chapter two includes four key elements—consensus, alignment, student-centeredness, and communication. Chapter three focuses upon developing an encompassing notion of alignment that enables faculty, staff, and administrators to reshape institutional practice in ways that promote synergistic, integrative learning. Chapters four and five turn to practice, exploring the application of the paradigm to the work of curriculum mapping and assignment design. Chapter six focuses upon barriers to the work and presents ways to start and options for moving around barriers, and the final chapter explores ongoing implications of the new paradigm, offering strategies for communicating the impact of alignment on student learning.

The book draws upon two recent initiatives in the United States: the Tuning process, adapted from a European approach to breaking down siloes in the European Union educational space; and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), a document that identifies and describes core areas of learning that are common to institutions in the US. Many of the examples are drawn from site visit reports, self-reported activities, workshops, and project experience collected by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) between 2010 and 2016. In that six-year window, NILOA witnessed the use of Tuning and/or the DQP in hundreds of institutions across the nation.

Sponsored by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

University-Community Engagement in the Asia Pacific
by Christopher S. Collins

This edited volume provides a framework for understanding academic public good and offers case studies and perspectives as in depth examples of the ways in which colleges and universities engage with the community to produce social benefits. Focusing on the Asia Pacific region, the authors discuss examples of engagement that produce consciousness, partnerships, and services that are broadly available to the public and enhance the progress of society. The authors argue that, unlike an individual degree, these are public benefits that should be focused upon and featured more readily so that the breadth of university benefits come to be better understood.

Beyond Our Degrees of Separation
by Judith Ravin, Muhammad Hassan Miraj

A narrative weave of testimonial non-fiction by Judith Ravin and Muhammad Hassan Miraj, Beyond Our Degrees of Separation evokes points of intersection between the United States and Pakistan. Hailing from oxymoronic bureaucracies, the co-authors transcend their respective realms of diplomacy and the military to reaffirm commonalities beyond differences. The alternating narratives trace their real-life discovery of equivalent experiences within dissimilar worlds. From an off-hand discussion during a one-off encounter, they embark on a project to prove that words and culture have the power to transform. Themes include displacement, social justice, cross-border issues, terrorism, loss, and interfaith harmony. Beyond Our Degrees of Separation delights in the documentation of that journey, along with all journeys, and demonstrates how travel and fate obey their own logic, ever-populating with wonderment the imagination of the “geographically disturbed” – those who live in perpetual wanderlust.

Six Sigma and Beyond
by D.H. Stamatis

I In this volume, the author demystifies the Design of Experiments (DOE). He begins with a clear explanation of the traditional experimentation process. He then covers the concept of variation and the importance of experimentation and follows through with applications. Stamatis also discusses full and fractional factorials. The strength of this volume lies in the fact that not only does it introduce the concept of robustness, it also addresses “Robust Designs” with discussions on the Taguchi methodology of experimentation. And throughout the author ties these concepts into the Six Sigma philosophy and shows readers how they use those concepts in their organizations.

Beyond Fun
by Drew Davidson

This book focuses on strategies for applying games, simulations and interactive experiences in learning contexts. A facet of this project is the interactive and collaborative method in which it was created. Instead of separated individual articles, the authors and editors have orchestrated the articles together, reading and writing as a whole so that the concepts across the articles resonate with each other. It is our intention that this text will serve as the basis of many more discussions across conference panels, online forums and interactive media that in turn will engender more special collaborative issues and texts.

Beyond the Emergency
by Jeremy Ginifer

This volume focuses on the issue of development within the UN peace mission. It examines a number of critical issues relating to the interface between development, relief and peacekeeping, including institutional coordination, the implementation of development in the field, and the contending philosophies that sometimes underpin military and developmental approaches to human security. Not least, it poses the question of how sustainable development fits within the post-conflict space of UN peace missions.

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