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    Archive for the ‘higher ed.’ Category

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    Seizing an opportunity

    Just when I was getting used to being a tenured, associate professor…   I have agreed to serve my current university, Virginia Commonwealth University, as the Director of Online Academic Programs.1 This is an interim, one year appointment, and I begin, officially, July 25. As I’ve been talking about this professional move with friends and […]

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    Educational leadership and mission creep?

    As President of Teachers College, Columbia University1, Dr. Susan Fuhrman recently faced criticism on two fronts. First, there was significant criticism (and even a quiet protest at graduation) over the decision to award the¬†TC Medal of Distinguished Service to New York State Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. According to one petition to stop this award, As […]

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    A Critique of Rick Hess’ Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

    Rick Hess just released the 2013 version of his Edu-scholar Public Presence Rankings. He claims that these rankings are “…designed to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education. The rankings offer a useful, if imperfect, gauge of the public impact edu-scholars had in 2012.” I’m […]

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    The Coursera Gift Horse?

    On multiple occasions, a friend or family member not in the field of education has asked me for my opinion of Khan Academy. Maybe they saw Sal Khan on 60 Minutes or a teacher has introduced my friend or family member to KA. My response usually goes something like this: “I have a few concerns […]

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    You either love a good dichotomy or you don’t.

    This is about online learning, mostly in higher education. Especially in the wake of the UVA fiasco, I’ve been pondering online learning and the term “MOOC” (massively open online course), which I believe has been co-opted from folks like George Siemens, Dave Cormier, and Steven Downes. Those guys taught the Connectivism MOOC in 2008 and, […]

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