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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  • 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).

  • Xavier Bonal is Special Professor in Education and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is Director…

  • 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…

  • Beth is an executive committee member of the European students' union (ESU), the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students from 38 countries. Beth is studying a masters in…

  • 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…

  • Fred van Leeuwen is the General Secretary of Education International. Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30…

  • Bob Peterson (bob.e.peterson@gmail.com) taught 5th grade for 30 years in the public schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). He is writer, organizer and presenter and a founding editor of the Rethinking…

  • Graham is the National Environment Co-ordinator for the University and College Union (UCU) in the UK. He has attended UN Climate Conferences as a member of the ITUC delegation. He…

  • Mark Bray is UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong. Between 2006 and 2010, he was Director in Paris of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational…

  • Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, U.S.). He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate…

  • Steven J. Klees (sklees@umd.edu) is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. He did his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has taught…

  • Catherine Remermier est conseillère d'orientation-psychologue et chercheuse associée dans l’équipe psychologie du travail et clinique de l’activité (EPTCA) du conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM).

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

  • 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…

  • Dr. Frank Adamson is a Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE).

  • 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…

  • Sylvain Aubry is an independent consultant on human rights based in Nairobi, Kenya, from where he works with various organisations. He is currently working with the Global Initiative for Economic,…

  • Dion Burns is a research analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His work focuses on international education and policy. He has previously worked in education…

  • Danaë Desplanques & Romain Chave work at the Education and Solidarity Network, an international organisation which aims at bringing together education, health and social protection players in order to promote…

  • Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre is professor of education and international affairs and head of the department of education policy studies for the Penn State College of Education. He is currently…