Your Dream University: Corporate City or Scholarly Enclave?
Here is an intriguing review by Colleen Flaherty
about Mark Edmundson's book (published today) "Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education."
It seems Professor Edmundson (professor of English at the University of Virginia) retreads the perennial case for good teaching
as a one-on-one and face-to-face activity. It will be interesting to see how the book is received by a wider audience. I wonder if people will be more moved by the positive image of "deep" teaching or the negative view of the impact of "consumer culture" on higher education. I suspect there is a happy medium, with Edmundson's kind of narrative doing more harm than good as professors seek out new ways to teach. What do you think are the effects of this kind of quasi-Romantic story of "personalized philosophy intervention?" (Does it at least make you want to pick up a good novel!?)
Apropos this perspective, keep on the lookout for a forthcoming Voice episode (and related TCR article) that covers a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of blended learning–we just reviewed a fine cut in the video meeting on Monday. Preview:
the authors finds a statistically significant effect on learning when additional content is taught via "blended" methods (in person AND online).