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    Archive for the ‘leadership’ Category

    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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    Data + both/and

    Nate Silver has received LOTS of attention in the mainstream media and among those I follow on Twitter. Forget the pre-election bashing of Silver, the post-election range of opinions on Silver’s work is unbelievably dramatic. Either “America’s Chief Wizard Nate Silver Had the Best Election Night of Anybody…” or “Obama’s big win does not mean […]

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    Whither our cherished institutions

    Two ongoing narratives have my head spinning lately… Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? Could high-quality MOOCs eventually do to traditional colleges and universities what Craigslist has done to classified advertising in newspapers and what Wikipedia has done to encyclopedias? In other words, could Coursera and its ilk replace a […]

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