Is EdX the Answer to the Future of Higher Education?

A recent study by Harvard and MIT determined that Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) should not be judged by completion rates. If you follow MOOCs you know that precious few people actually complete the MOOCs for which they sign up. There are a lot of pro and con arguments for how MOOCs should be assessed Read more about Is EdX the Answer to the Future of Higher Education?[…]

Rhetoric versus reality in college major choices

Higher Education has come under fire recently for many issues, including costs, political bias, value, and transgressions of a few for-profit colleges. Ironically, the information and data are so vast and contrasting on these issues that interpretation of it all takes, well, a college education and solid information literacy skills. Two bits of information I Read more about Rhetoric versus reality in college major choices[…]

We cannot roll back time….technology is irreversible

Last week Obama subtly indicated technology was responsible for some unemployment in his comments: ““There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t Read more about We cannot roll back time….technology is irreversible[…]

How kids learn vs. how we teach

I look at pedagogy very critically. In 10 years of teaching college I have transitioned from a sage on the stage lecturer to someone who rarely lectures. Lecturing, in my opinion, is ineffective (esp. to my teen daughters!). I had to sit through a highly regarded professor’s lecture at a conference last month. She lost Read more about How kids learn vs. how we teach[…]

Does Academic Writing Style Prevent Knowledge Application

Rachel Toor has an excellent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed (online) which discusses the writing style of academics. This article explores some of the problems with academic writing and prescribes some solutions from Orwell, who evidently recognized the pompous and unclear nature of academic writing during his day. While this subject might initially Read more about Does Academic Writing Style Prevent Knowledge Application[…]