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05 DECEMBER 2010

A Review of Higher Education Challenges and Data Infrastructure Responses

"Higher education institutions are large, complex, adaptive social systems like all other human organizations. Over the last decade, Higher Education around the world is facing a number of challenges and potential threats to effective learning and teaching support. In recent years considerable interest has focused on identifying those challenges, identifying opportunities and threats and proposing ways to address them. However, the relevant literature on higher education challenges is scattered over many textbooks, conferences and journals. This paper provides a comprehensive presentation of all those challenges found in the literature in a structured way. Also this study will identify how technology and data infrastructures could provide responses to address those challenges in a world where students are changing, their learning styles are changing, and the technologies to accommodate their needs are changing."

(Farhana Sarker, Hugh Davis and Thanassis Tiropanis, 2010)

1). Sarker, F., H. Davis, et al. 'A Review of Higher Education Challenges and Data Infrastructure Responses'. International Conference for Education Research and Innovation (ICERI2010). Madrid, Spain, International Conference for Education Research and Innovation (ICERI).


2010 • accreditation • adaptive social systems • adopting emerging technology • argumentationassessmentchallengeschangechanging needs • contribution to economy • critical thinking • curriculum alignment • curriculum designdata infrastructure • Farhana Sarker • funding • governance and management of higher education • group knowledge • HEhigher education • higher education challenges • higher education infrastructure • higher education institutions • Hugh Davis • human organisations • knowledge constructionlearning and teaching supportlearning stylespedagogy • personal knowledge • plagiarism • quality of learning and teaching • quality of research • student employability • student retention • technology • tenure • Thanassis Tiropanis • transformationwidening participation


Simon Perkins
20 FEBRUARY 2010

Aristotle's Rhetoric: modes of persuasion

"Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker [ethos]; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind [pathos]; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself [logos]. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible."

(Aristotle 1356a 2,3, translation by W. Rhys Roberts)

Aristotle, Book I – Chapter 2 : Aristotle's Rhetoric (hypertextual resource compiled by Lee Honeycutt)



12 Angry Men • argumentargumentationAristotle • Aristotles Rhetoric • audienceClassicalClassical rhetoriccommunicationdramaemotion • ethos • experiencefilmHenry Fondaliteraturelogos • modes of persuasion • narrative • narrative art • pathospersuasionrhetoric • rhetorical theory • suffering • W. Rhys Roberts


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