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The “Game” of School

The “game” of school played by faculty and students claims to be about learning, but in truth it’s about grades, credits and filtering.  The students fully understand this; that’s why they behave as they do in our courses.  (Sannier made … Continue reading

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2012 ELI Post Mortem – Where do we go from here?

There is a lot in this post, but rather than waiting until I have the time to think it through, I’m going to put it up.  I’m sure that’s better than never posting it at all. Despite the many participants … Continue reading

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Learning Analytics at the 2012 ELI Meetings

One of the themes of this year’s ELI conference was Learning Analytics, a movement which comes at least in part from the practices of For-profit universities.  A good introduction to the topic is ELI’s 7 Things You Should Know about … Continue reading

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On the 2012 Educause Learning Initative Annual Conference

In February (yes, I realize it’s now June), I attended the 2012 ELI Annual Conference.  It was a great event—very thought provoking in a number of ways.  The underlying theme of the conference was the changes facing higher education with … Continue reading

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We need to blow up the strong boxes of teaching, scholarship and service

I woke up last night and couldn’t go back to sleep because my mind was on fire. I was in that state because of four days spent at an extraordinary conference, though few would have expected that. It wasn’t so … Continue reading

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Interaction in a Content-Based Online Course

The more I work on my first online course, the more I feel that one could spend an infinite amount of time on this and still find new things I’d like to add or expand upon.  If you’ve never taught … Continue reading

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How can an online course be superior to a traditional face-to-face course?

I’ve gotten into the habit of posting nearly completely thought out ideas, with the result  that I’ve largely stopped blogging, or more precisely, I have a stack of half written posts in draft none of which I’ve managed to publish.  … Continue reading

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Time for a Change.edu?

I recently finished Andrew Rosen’s Change.edu.  I found a lot to like in the book, but I also think the author missed an opportunity to clarify something important that I don’t understand about For-profit universities.  The book has six chapters … Continue reading

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The Innovative University

Over the Christmas break, I finally found the time to read Christensen & Eyring’s The Innovative University.  I had heard that this book, written by a pair of insiders had important insights into what ails U.S. higher education.  Well maybe.  There’s a … Continue reading

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Son of Pedablogy

I am planning to teach an online course a year from now during Fall 2012.  The course is ECON 201, Principles of Macroeconomics, a course I have taught nearly every year since I began teaching in 1982, but always in … Continue reading

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