Archive for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Heard on the Hill: KU gets $7.5M to study online education; religious political activist Ralph Reed is at Dole Institute today; money available for people who can speak Uighur

November 1, 2011


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• KU researchers landed a nice $7.5 million grant to study how online education works (or doesn’t work) for students with disabilities.

The funding, from the U.S. Department of Education, will come over five years, and will seek to help researchers find out whether online learning is working for students with disabilities and to develop new methods of technology to improve learning, according to a KU release.

The fine folks at the Center for Research on Learning nabbed the grant, and they’ll be forming the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities with two other organizations with really long names, including the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and CAST, formerly known as the Center for Applied Special Technology.

By their powers combined, they will look to identify trends and research needs related to online learning and identify and develop new online education interventions.

• Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition who was once on the cover of Time Magazine in the 1990s, is scheduled to be in Lawrence today.

Journalist Tom Baxter, editor of the Southern Political Report and senior vice president of InsiderAdvantage, is one of the Dole Fellows this semester.

The Dole Fellows lead weekly sessions centralized around a specific theme. Baxter’s is on Southern politics.

Reed will be the guest as the group discusses “The Megachurch and the Old Time Religion,” and its context within that theme.

The sessions are geared toward KU students, but open to the public, and they generally build on each other.

But if you’re interested in stopping by to hear Reed, the session is set for 4 p.m. this afternoon at the Dole Institute.

• I can sympathize with KU’s recent efforts to try and get more scholarship money up front and in the hands of potential freshmen, because there really is a lot of money hiding out there in places people might not know where to look.

For example, KU is looking for people who could qualify for some federal Title VI money available for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships.

KU’s Center for Global and International Studies awards the fellowships, which can award up to $10,000 for tuition and $5,000 for living expenses for people studying some of the lesser-studied languages out there, some of which I didn’t even know existed (I’m looking at you, Uighur).

But anyway, if you’re studying Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Mongolian, Turkish — and, yes, Uighur — here’s some info for you, to see if you qualify for these federal dollars.

• I’d really love to get a tip for Heard on the Hill in Uighur. So if someone could send that my way to, that’d be really swell.


observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Why would anyone waste their time listening a religious nutcase when they can enjoy a Jayhawk BB exhibition? BB exhibition a long more educational and enjoyable.


rockchalk1977 2 years, 5 months ago

I see the religious bigots are out playing in the street. Go back in children it's time for supper and Jayhawk basketball.


yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

I've seen "Supply-side Jesus" by Al Franken. Hilarious.


yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

MIC wrote: "Muscular Sam and his weird little jesus the businessman."

Quite the mental image. I would like to see a cartoon.


CreatureComforts 2 years, 5 months ago

Uyghur...always helpful for this weekend trips to Urumqi ;)


Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

Bozo: You quit picking on Ralph. He's a good guy who is possessed of the revealed truth, just like Muscular Sam and his weird little jesus the businessman. Settle down; they will all fix things soon. Besides, if the Mayan skygods are right, it's just about over anyway. Speaking of RR and that 'old time religion,' we all had a good time last night at the Samhain festivities. No human sacrifice, but you can't have everything.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if anyone will question Reed about his criminal associations with Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist, Michael Scanlon, Tom Delay, etc.


Nikki May 2 years, 5 months ago

My daughter is going to high school next year and she was trying to decide what language to study, I might steer her towards chinese now. (She actually wants to take all the languages, but there isn't enough time in a school year).


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