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I'm certainly not a fan of how Mayor Bloomberg has handled the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, and I think his jawboning about how the financial crisis was the product of government intervention is irksome at the very least. Yet I have to remind myself that with Mayor Bloomberg, it's watch what he does, not what he says. Nevertheless, the latest news regarding the applied science campus plans seems very promising. I think Mayor Bloomberg realizes that it's important for New York to diversify its economy ...
Marginal Revolution has the lowdown on why the number of graduates will likely fall at the margin from reduced demand. Could this spell the end of runaway tuition and the higher ed bubble as Peter Thiel called it? For certain institutions yes, others no. As a rough approximation, the more s...
Techcrunch has the scoop on SmarTots raising $750,000 in seed funding. SmarTots is not a mobile learning application itself, but rather an analytics and recommendation tool for mobile learning apps. It's impressive that they have raised so much for what is essentially a meta-mobile learning app. If SmarTots succeeds, it will inevitably come as a result of a rise in mobi...
While I've blogged on economics-related content for other content streams, it certainly has been a while since my last economics and education post. The recent news on how publishers and software companies have ganged up to stifle innovation in online higher learning has got me thinking about what the future of open education is going to look like. The education industry is not a large industry but there are certainly some big names. I am specifically thinking about publishers and those who are essentially gatekeepers in the world of educational content. Even while Khan Academy and MIT see...
Yadav, L. et al (2011), If a picture is worth a thousand words is video worth a million? Differences in affective and cognitive processing of video and text cases. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 23: 15-37. Given the ever-changing nature of educational media, I figured it was time to channel my inner David Hume in determining the efficacy of video in educational settings. Description: The researchers in this study measured the abilities of thirty undergraduate students to recall and engage w...
The Quick and the Ed's Amy Laitinen reports that the Software & Information Industry Association, a group representing software and publishing companies, have teamed up to prevent community colleges from making their resources available online freely, specifically as it pertains to job training resources. The case is pretty straightforward for opening up these resources o...
The New York Times reported this week on the Department of Education's review of Carnegie Learning's "Revolutionary" Cognitive Tutor math curriculum, which showed nothing revolutionary about their curricula or their results. The review made particular note of the fact that Cognitive Tutor's efficacy was no better than that of a textbook. Given the number of struggling districts that were sold on the potential for Cognitive Tutor to turn around test scores, ...
Episode 2 is now up! I went about the discussion questions and the highlights of the video in a slightly different style this time around. Feedback please!
I've been working on transferring Michael Sandel's lectures from his course "Justice" into Vialogues since it seems like a perfect place for video meets discussion. I'd love to get some feedback on how to improve these and how to make them better. I will be releasing the second Vialogue later tonight. I try to capture the highlights of each episode and embed the discussion questions from the course's website in the comments section of the Vialogue.
Emerson, L. and MacKay, B. (2011), A comparison between paper-based and online learning in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42: 727—735. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01081.x Researchers at Massey University have a paper that should throw some amount of water on the 'blended learning' craze. Lisa Emerson and Bruce MacKay have published their research in the latest issue of The British Journal of Educational Technology. Description: Emerson and MacKay were chiefly in cl...