The doom of higher education seems aggregated. A recent the survey conducted by New America, a think tank, found that Americans still have favorable views of a college degree, they agree it has value. However, 1,600 American adults participated in the survey. Three-quarters of the participants think it’s easier to succeed with a college degree. Fifty-one percent believe there are many well-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. 
Can creativity be taught? In this ...
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Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
2 months ago
The City Museum is housed inside a once-abandoned 600,000 square foot building in St. Louis, MO. The museum is the brainchild of sculptor artist Bob Cassily. The museum describes itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel” (
As I begin to prepare for college this Fall, I will probably become one of the 28% of all students across the country who enroll in at least one online course. The possibilities and options for learning will continue to grow as more universities continue to increase their online offerings. For years,...
I found this video about mapping the human brain interesting. I saw some similarities with the role playing activities we have been doing during the Development and Research presentations. Here we have a professor and innovator of neuro-science describing the research into "Connectomics" to people ranging from a 5 year old boy to a neuro-science Ph. D. student and an entrepreneur. It is interesting to see not only the d...
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As we are re-designing the Vialogues application in order to improve its effectiveness in supporting educational dialogues, the following research is particularly relevant:C. Clark, N. Strudler, and K. Grove (2015). Comparing Asynchronous and Synchronous Video vs. Text Based Discussions in an Online Teacher Education Course. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network, Vol. 19, Issue 3.In this research, the authors compared a text-based ...
Over the past few weeks I have been working with community activists from the Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy Foundation to organize the Love in the Neighborhood (LION) STEM Fair. The purpose of the fair is to generate interest among adolescents and teenagers from New York City high schools in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. My goal in this was to connect Columbia students majoring or minoring in Science, Engineering, or Math fields with students from a West Harlem high school. They will mentor the high s...
As we develop our approach to project based learning in the EdLab, it is useful to consider the lessons highlighted in this article on project based learning in the k-12 sector. What other rules or guidelines should we consider?
As we continue to develop the library as a environment for solo and group self-directed learning, we might draw some lessons from the the student-centerd, project-focused approach of Olin College. Olin off...