By Davey Young at A.C.E.–A question for those of you in the business of international education: How do you stay informed about trends and policy that help shape the ever changing landscape of international ed? I get the sense that most of us simply rely on our various contacts to pass the proverbial word along, but I feel that this sit-and-wait attitude allows vital information to slip through the cracks. A few more questions to illustrate my point: Which country announced last week that it will stop using English to teach science and math? Which college entrance exam in the U.S. has left thousands of native Spanish speakers scrambling to start school in the fall? Should I care about the International Sakai Conference? The answers: Malaysia, as reported here by the New York Times; the ACT, the new Spanish version of which is creating problems, reports EducationNews.org; and YES! “Sakai is an open-source software project driven by the Sakai Foundation, a worldwide consortium of institutions, organizations, and individuals dedicated to providing collaboration, research, and e-portfolio tools.”
Now, you might be saying that none of these specific examples affect what you do, but changes in international education happen everyday, and by staying abreast of what’s happening we are better able to adapt to the shifting landscape. Please peruse the links below to see how you can best stay informed, and be sure to check back here for information as well. While we may not have the resources of the NY Times, we do our best to keep our friends and colleagues in the loop.
http://www.ednews.org/: A vast and multifaceted education site that pools dozens of education stories from around the globe into one convenient place.
The Guardian’s Int’l Ed Section: Considering the U.K.’s position as a leader in Global Education, it should come as no surprise that the Guardian always gets the scoop on int’l ed. (This is where I found out that Governor Schwarzenegger plans on switching from text books to ebooks!)
Education Weekly: Focused more on educational policy around the globe.
The New York Times’ Int’l Ed Section: Like the Guardian, but on this side of the pond.
Edvisors: Focused on marketing and financial aid, user generated.
Well, I hope you find these sites helpful. There are a lot more, but these are at the top of my list. You’ll also find that several internationally focused colleges and universities have news sites as well, though most are selective in what they report. Keeping tabs on the institutions in your region, however, is highly recommended. That being said, here is the link to MSU’s International Programs page, which I’ve selected because MSU is the regional leader in international education, and is also where A.C.E. enrolls nearly 10% of Montana’s international students.