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Jonathan Becker

Watch Out! Factory 2.0 Is Coming To A School Near You - 0 views

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    "Of course, I am little disappointed that the students aren't all actually reading Plato. But I'm also impressed with their ability to find and use the content they need, just when they need it. It is still pretty early in the semester so they haven't yet realized that spewing facts does nothing to improve their overall grade. Soon, they will be confused to discover that I don't assess according to one's ability to retain information. It will take them a while to adjust, most have over a decade of schooling that has systematically conditioned them to believe in the value of isolated proofs."
Jonathan Becker

The Next Great Hope for Measuring Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    ""In terms of trying to assess authentic student learning," he says, "it's the most ambitious effort ever.""
Jonathan Becker

U-M president calls for Academic Innovation Initiative to set education strategy for th... - 0 views

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    ""Academic innovation is where creativity, comprehensive excellence and our aspirations for societal impact all come together at the University of Michigan," Schlissel said. "Our new initiative will formally help us consider how we can leverage networked access to information, new modes of communication and data analytics to strengthen the quality of a Michigan education, tailor it to the needs of each individual student, and enhance our impact on society.""
Jonathan Becker

Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    "I believe in the professorial mandate, the deep commitment we must have to giving back knowledge because we get the privilege of being able to spend our days thinking. But that isn't just a matter of toiling in our worlds and then throwing knowledge out of the ivory tower. It's not just about making material open and hoping people will come. It's about actively engaging the very people that we seek to understand, contributing to the communities we spend time analyzing. To treat them respectfully and to understand our moral and ethical responsibility to them."
Jonathan Becker

MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype' - The Chronicle... - 2 views

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    "These days, Irvine's massive courses typically run on their own. It's easier for everyone that way, says Mr. Matkin. "What we learned is you try to present a MOOC for what it is," says the dean. "It's a free course, with relatively little interaction with faculty members.""
Jonathan Becker

What My Daughter (the College Senior) Has Taught Me About College | Vitae - 0 views

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    "For example, Jaclyn is the underlying reason that I've had something of a change of heart about online classes. While I've been making a substantial contribution to my daughter's tuition and living expenses, Jaclyn decided in her sophomore year to get a job so that she could afford to move off campus and live a little better than she would if she stayed in the dorms. In the process, she took some online classes that fit her work schedule better than the traditional courses. Before my daughter started college, I couldn't see much reason for students at a bricks-and-mortar college to take online classes. Now I realize why those courses make so much sense for students who work - either out of necessity or by choice.

    It was Jaclyn who made it very clear to me that some online courses are much better than others. Good online classes have taught her much more than bad survey courses in the traditional format with 400 students in them. Her experiences were what inspired me to create what I hope will be a quality online class of my own."
Enoch Hale

When Students Lead the Discussion - 0 views

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    Discussion takes numerous forms. This post highlights some of these differences and points to possibilities.
Tom Woodward

what Thomas Hardy taught me | Fredrik deBoer - 0 views

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    "Yet on the level of thinking of our Silicon Valley overlords, aspects of my cognitive abilities that are absolutely central to my educational success are taken to have literally no value at all. In educational research, perhaps the greatest danger lies in thinking "that which I cannot measure is not real." The disruption fetishists have amplified this danger, now evincing the attitude "teaching that cannot be said to lead to the immediate acquisition of rote, mechanical skills has no value." But absolutely every aspect of my educational journey - as a student, as a teacher, and as a researcher - demonstrates the folly of this approach to learning."

    True I think but echoed to greater and lesser extend by the educational system which helped create those who run Silicon Valley.

    h/t Dan Meyer
Tom Woodward

What Makes Software Good? - Medium - 0 views

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    ""Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design."
    This implies, for one, that good documentation does not excuse bad design. You can ask people to RTFM, but it is folly to assume they have read everything and memorized every detail. The clarity of examples, and the software's decipherability and debuggability in the real world, are likely far more important. Form must communicate function."
Jonathan Becker

Data Visualization With Knoema - ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    "For the casual user, Knoema seems to provide a quick and easy way to visualize data."
Tom Woodward

A Mathematician's Lament - 0 views

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    h/t thinkthankthunk
Jonathan Becker

Automate This, Not That - 0 views

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    "As long as students are willing to pay tuition in exchange for an automated education, there will be administrators willing to provide it."
Tom Woodward

These Misconceptions Are Keeping School in the 1960's | ThinkThankThunk - 3 views

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    "The most important thing about BIG is that we know we're wrong. We don't know what a student should know. We can't predict the future. When working with a group, we allow the needs of the group to dictate the instruction and curated content we provide in response to the need. This has two effects: I like my job and am happier, and the students are never hidden from the planning of learning.

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