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College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one. - The Washington Post - 32 views

  • What truly makes an education valuable: the effort the student puts into it.
  • Unlike a car, college requires the “buyer” to do most of the work to obtain its value. The value of a degree depends more on the student’s input than on the college’s curriculum.
  • Yet most public discussion of higher ed today pretends that students simply receive their education from colleges the way a person walks out of Best Buy with a television.
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  • If colleges are responsible for outcomes, then students can feel entitled to classes that do not push them too hard, to high grades and to material that does not challenge their assumptions or make them uncomfortable.
  • This point is made succinctly by an apocryphal story about a university president who said this to new freshmen each year: “For those of you who have come here in order to get a degree, congratulations, I have good news for you. I am giving you your degree today and you can go home now. For those who came to get an education, welcome to four great years of learning at this university.”
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    "College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one."
H DeWaard

The Pedagogy Project | HASTAC - 45 views

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    shaking up the syllabus, projects and assessments to change how courses are designed and delivered in higher ed
Steve Ransom

What to do about laptops in lectures? - Daniel Willingham - 79 views

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    What to do about laptops in lectures?
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The Gates Effect - Special Reports - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 39 views

  • "The notion of the faculty member as the deliverer of learning—that's the piece that we pull out," says Paul J. LeBlanc, Southern New Hampshire's president.
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    How the Gates Foundation is working to remake higher education, often without the support of educators.
alexis alexander

How to Save College | The Awl - 23 views

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    "I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today to music industry executives in the age of Napster. (This was not a flattering comparison.) Aaron Bady, a cultural critic and doctoral candidate at Berkeley, objected. I replied to Bady, one thing led to another, the slippery slope was slupped, and Maria Bustillos ended up refereeing the whole thing here on The Awl."
Michelle Kassorla

Public Library of Science - 35 views

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    Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Our core objectives are to: Provide ways to overcome unnecessary barriers to immediate availability, access, and use of research Pursue a publishing strategy that optimizes the openness, quality, and integrity of the publication process Develop innovative approaches to the assessment, organization, and reuse of ideas and data
Michelle Kassorla

Software Carpentry - 23 views

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    Software Carpentry helps researchers be more productive by teaching them basic computing skills.
Jon Tanner

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | MindShift - 98 views

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    Chris Lehman, principal of the Science Leadership Academy, talks about hot to guide kids to think about their own thinking.
Jon Tanner

College Degree, No Class Time Required - WSJ.com - 31 views

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    University of Wisconsin to offer degrees based on proficiency instead of seat time. Students can get a degree by showing they know the material and can pass the test.
Randolph Hollingsworth

Twitter Directory for Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    wonderful list of hashtags to use when crafting a tweet
Smith Shots

Discovery learning is the new higher learning - The Globe and Mail - 32 views

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    How do your experiences as a student or teacher relate to the article? What changes do you suggest?
Steve Ransom

Journey of Joy: Teaching Tips for Reflection, Rejuvenation and Renewal - 51 views

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    PDF doc. Great ideas.
Kelvin Thompson

ELI 2012 General Sessions and Featured Presentations - 39 views

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    Video capture of the general sessions and featured presentations from the Educause Learning Initiative 2012 conference in Austin, Texas.
Chema Falcó

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques - 19 views

  • “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”
  • they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners
  • Sitting passively and taking notes is just not a way of learning. Yet lectures are 99 percent of how we teach!
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  • Websites and laptops have been around for years now, but we haven’t fully thought through how to integrate them with teaching so as to conceive of courses differently.
  • “In the standard approach, the emphasis in class is on the first, and the second is left to the student on his or her own, outside of the classroom
  • you have to flip that, and put the first one outside the classroom, and the second inside
  • We have to train people to tackle situations they have not encountered before. Most instructors avoid this like the plague, because the students dislike it. Even at Harvard, we tend to keep students in their comfort zone. The first step in developing those skills is stepping into unknown territory.
  • hey’d much rather sit there and listen and take notes. Some will say, ‘I didn’t pay $47,000 to learn it all from the textbook. I think you should go over the material from the book, point by point, in class.’
  • It’s no accident that most elementary schools are organized that way.
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      Sadly, many aren't
  • But ultimately, learning is a social experience.
  • Perhaps the key is to coax students not only out of their rooms, but into each other’s minds.
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    Great article that brings added depth to the notion of flipped classroom and what we've always know to be great teaching/pedagogy/andragogy
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