David Robinson

David Robinson

David Robinson is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing academic and general staff at colleges and universities across Canada.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

MOOCs: From Tsunami to Ripple

In 2012, John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, warned that technology was about to dramatically and irrevocably disrupt higher education. “There’s a tsunami coming,” he told The New Yorker. The quote was quickly picked up by pundits and futurists of all sorts arguing that massive open online courses (MOOCs) were about to turn universities and colleges into dinosaurs. “The tsunami is coming whether we like it or not,” Coursera founder Daphne Koller famously told The Atlantic. "You can be ...

After more than five years of secret negotiations, Ministers from twelve countries plan to meet in Auckland, New Zealand on February 4th to formally sign the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Once signed, governments can begin the process of ratifying and bringing the controversial deal into force, a deal that has the potential to affect how public services like education are regulated and delivered. Weighing in at over 6,000 pages, the TPP text isn’t going to make the bestseller’s list. Nor ...

Monday, 21 December 2015

Universities vs. Elsevier

The scholarly publishing world is normally a somnolent realm that seldom gets much attention outside of academia. But a very public dust-up between publishing giant Elsevier and Dutch universities has cast a new light onto some dark troubles in the industry. Dutch universities had been negotiating with Elsevier to require all papers published by their academics to be made open access within the next decade. The idea, according to the State Secretary of Education, is to ensure the knowledge produced by ...

Writing about trade agreements carries with it the risk of inducing readers into a semi-comatose state. That’s mainly because trade deals are written in obscure legalese wrapped in horribly technical and mind-numbing prose. Who, after all, can really get excited about “bound tariff rates”, “transparency rules”, or “sanitary and phytosanitary measures”? No amount of caffeine would keep a sane person awake. But we do need to wake up. Trade deals are becoming increasingly important for all of us, including teachers and education ...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The trouble with MOOCs

It seems that with every new advancement in technology come bold predictions and dire warnings of the inevitable demise of traditional brick and mortar schools, colleges and universities.  In 1885, the founder and future president of the University of Chicago, William Rainey Harper, suggested that innovations in transportation and postal delivery meant that “the day is coming when the work done by correspondence will be greater in amount than that in the classrooms of our academies and colleges.”   Well, Harper didn’t ...

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Contributors

  • Aaron Benavot is the Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report since June 2014. Previous to this post, he served as Professor in the School of Education at Albany-State University…

  • David works in the Faculty of Education at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in the areas of Curriculum and Pedagogy. He was previously a teacher and school principal. His…

  • Antonio is Reader in Education Policy at the University of Roehampton and Honorary Reader at the UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom. His research rests within the fields of education…

  • Lee Nordstrum in an independent education research consultant specializing in education finance, demand for schooling and teacher issues in developing countries.  He has most recently conducted research and consulted for…

  • Jean-Luc Roger est un ancien professeur d'histoire-géographie et chercheur associé dans l’équipe psychologie du travail et clinique de l’activité (EPTCA) du conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM).

  • Faith Boninger is a research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. She researches and writes about commercial activities in schools. For the past several years she has co-authored CERU’s…

  • Clara Fontdevila is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with a thesis project on the post-2015 global education agenda. She has collaborated…

  • Purna Kumar Shrestha works as an Education Research and Advocacy Adviser at VSO, the world’s leading independent development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Purna,…

  • Lois Weiner is a professor of education at New Jersey City University and a member of AFT Local  #1839. She co-edited with Mary Compton a collection of essays, the “The…

  • John Bangs is Chair of the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Committee's Working Group on Education, Training and Employment Policy and is also Senior Consultant to Education International for work in…

  • Raquel Gonzalez is Director of the ITUC Geneva Office and Secretary of the Workers' Group of the ILO Governing Body. She is responsible for the coordination of the political inputs…

  • Stephen Ball is a Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL, Institute of Education, London UK, an education policy researcher and author of several books on education policy including…

  • Dr. Burch, Associate Professor of Education at University of Southern California, studies the drivers and manifestations of private involvement (for profit and not for profit) in K-12 education and the…

  • Jim Baker has held a number of positions in the US and international trade union movements over the last 40 years. His most recent responsibility was seven years of service as…

  • Mary Metcalfe has worked in education since 1974. She was elected as a member of the African National Congress in the first democratic elections in 1994 and was appointed as…

  • Susan Robertson is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Bristol. Her research is concerned with the changing nature of education as a result of transformations in the…

  • Nina Bascia is Professor and Director of the Collaborative Program in Educational Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto, Canada.  She has been researching about teacher…

  • madeleine kennedy macfoy works for Education International; her work is mainly focused on the implementation of the EI gender equality action plan.

  • Tanvir Muntasim is the International Policy Manager, Education for ActionAid. His role entails monitoring and engaging with key education related global policy debates, platforms and networks. He previously worked for…

  • Tore Bernt Sørensen currently is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. His PhD project concerns the reasons for andimplications of the increased attention directed…