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Jonathan Becker

Life101: A Q&A with Michael Wesch | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

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    "I had been invited out by a group of students to climb buildings-a risky endeavor in which you have to dodge campus security while doing a series of parkour moves up fire escapes, railings, ladders, and ledges to make your way to the top of campus buildings. I was amazed at how passionate and intensively these students were pursuing this goal. And I realized that if we could somehow nurture that same kind of passion in the classroom, grades would be irrelevant. The students were, in fact, testing themselves. They were testing their courage, their skill, and their determination. And they will continue to test themselves-over and over again. If we could somehow create learning outcomes worth pursuing, we might get the same kind of engagement."
Jonathan Becker

Hook and Eye: Professionalization and the Skillz to Pay the Bills - 0 views

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    "We can do better by our students. The number one thing would be to inculcate the idea of the university *as* a workplace, and all of us as professionals in it. And of course, many professors (me!) need a lot more training in the mechanics of the workplace than we ever get. The next, and much easier thing, would be to offer opportunities to acquire basic workplace technical skills: using software, running meetings, emailing like a grownup, navigating the org chart."
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

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."
Tom Woodward

#shakeass16 debate - 1 views

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    Academics debate Shakespeare Association hashtag on Twitter
Tom Woodward

(4) How many classes - and which ones - would an MIT student need to take jus... - 1 views

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    Interesting idea . . . with some repercussions.

    "Courses are bogus.  You don't go to MIT for the courses (and every course that MIT teaches is online anyway).  You go to MIT so that you can learn how learn stuff that they haven't yet started a class for.
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Jonathan Becker

The Mayo Clinic of Higher Ed - 2 views

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    "This represents perhaps the most foundational of all the connections that Stephen Lehmkuhle and his colleagues have been steadily knitting together in Rochester: that between facts and ideas. Traditional college instruction-epitomized by the lecture-is largely a process of orally transmitting facts from the brain of a teacher to a student. It's a tremendously inefficient method-even harmful. UMR chemistry professor Rajeev Muthyala points to research finding that undergraduates often finish lecture-based introductory science classes with less expertise than when they started. They get worse."
Jonathan Becker

Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education - 0 views

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    Yes, it's MIT, but this is a very interesting report.
habuchanan

Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach | Faculty Focus - 3 views

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    Creating a sense of community in the classroom and making meaningful student-faculty interactions can help curb retention issues in higher ed.
Tom Woodward

the #swag syllabus - the #swag class - Medium - 0 views

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    Bet you never thought of the adjective "cool" when writing your syllabus. In case you want to start, this syllabus is very cool. I will be following this class as they publish their writing openly. I am optimistic that the teaching & learning will be pretty cool.
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    This course is not one in which an instructor feeds you information and you regurgitate it for a good grade. You (the student) and I (the instructor) are almost certainly going to disagree on some things, and that's just fine (see the Grading section below).

    It's probably easiest to think of this course as a small, independent publication/think tank focused on the concept of 'cool'. Your job is to look carefully and thoughtfully at the world around you, and produce a series of essays that would help a potential reader understand your stance on what 'cool' means to you. You'll be using the process of writing and editing to help you define, and refine, that stance for yourself. You're also responsible for helping your fellow writers do the same.

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    h/t Stan
Jonathan Becker

Hanover teachers first to complete new VCU online teaching program - Richmond Times-Dis... - 0 views

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    Some good publicity for an online certificate program, a new addition to our online program offerings.
Jonathan Becker

The Future of Higher Education | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered - 1 views

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    Worth consideration
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