“Hacking” is a verb that’s attached itself to all kinds of nouns these days, generating phrases meant to imply working around standard operating procedures in order to achieve an end result as good or better (and often more quickly) than what you’d get by following the rules. The concept obviously […]
One of my favorite ways of studying historic change is to look at it through the eyes of someone who did not modify his or her position or disposition, regardless of the fact that consensus was dramatically transforming around them. The most dramatic example of this would be Cato the […]
Today, we will be visited by Peter Bol, Harvard’s Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and one of the professors behind a new HarvardX courses on the history of China. ChinaX is one of the most ambitious MOOCs to date, one that experiments with – among other things – how […]
In both the backlash stories I wrote about last week and responses to my backlash backlash pieces, a certain argument seems to be repeated that asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating educational resources (i.e., MOOCs) that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and […]
Time again to take a look at MOOC and other forms of free learning from the perspective of another one of the subjects I’m studying: Pragmatic philosophy. I’ve been learning about Pragmatism through a second attempt at a self-study course, one which is going much more smoothly than the first, […]
Another point Daphne Koller brought up in that Ted video I mentioned yesterday was that MOOCs, especially if they were implemented as part of a flipped classroom, would enable professors to spend less time lecturing and more time helping students master important skills, notably critical thinking. Having spent the last […]
A friend recently gave a presentation at a local Ted event, and while his was my first interface with the whole bean-bag-chair, Google-Glass, clearly-of-West-Coast-origin Ted experience, it did remind me that I still needed to watch this Ted presentation by Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera. She gave the talk in […]
Taking the rest of the week off to enjoy the holidays (old, new and blended). For those still interested in the backlash against the MOOC backlash, I’ve returned to Huffington Post in hope of trigging a backlash backlash backlash. Meanwhile, for everyone celebrating Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Thanksgivukkah, Kwanznukimas, or whatever “pop-culture […]
I suddenly remembered that piece I wanted to write before getting into the whole backlash backlash last week. So with Thanksgiving break looming, time to take a look at the latest role MOOC makers are hoping their programs will play: supporting the flipping of the classroom. For the few of […]
A number of years ago, I wrote occasional pieces for a now-defunct online publication that focused on the intersection of economics, politics and culture. And while my writing centered on the culture and politics bits, my favorite economist at the journal was Arnold Kling (whose work can still be found […]
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- Hacking Homework December 11, 2013
- Standing Still December 10, 2013
- Interview with Peter Bol, Harvard’s Vice Provost for Advances in Learning December 6, 2013
- MOOCs and Lifelong Learners December 5, 2013
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