Since I'm on a roll...
DSV teams are gearing up for a big fall, cooking up many new elements for our education program, and rethinking recurring ones. If you've missed all of our weekly DSV workshops (held every Tuesday at 11am, of course), this post is for you! Here's the lowdown:
- We're teeing off a new year full of musical performances, book talks, and other events. Keep up to date with our monthly newsletter (if you're at TC, you should be getting this via email).
- We're working on creating a workshop series around the new 'Maker Kit' curriculum collection.
- We're kicking off a new video series in partnership with TC's Admissions team featuring TC professors who are "Change Makers" (debuting in September).
- We'll be developing 6 Vialogues-based episodes featuring our Socratic Conversations (debuting in September).
- We're creating an exhibition to highlight the Seen in New York video series, and aim to host and end-of-September "Ed Ventures" event (especially catered to new TC students who may also be new to New York City).
- We're prototyping an exhibition to tell a story about unique learning spaces (see our Bali video) in anticipation of the planned fourth floor learning theater.
- Artist Mark Reigelman will build a nest in our second floor collaboration space in October.
- And other things I am certainly (and unjustly) forgetting!
Here's the front side of our orientation postcard that incoming TC students will receive:
See you in the library in September!
I just finished Jaron Lanier's 'Who Owns the Future?' and wrote a short reflection over on my Pressible site.
If anyone else has read it, I'd love to discuss it further!
The NYTimes article Nurses Are Not Doctors provides an interesting (if scary) analogy in medical practice.
Perhaps it's even easier to get away with this kind of political slight of hand in education?
An interesting piece in the NY Times last week: Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond
“This is what's happening at a lot of libraries, the creation of an open, physical environment,” said Joe Murphy, a librarian and library futures consultant based in Reno, Nev. “The idea of being inviting isn't just to boost attendance but to maximize people's creativity.”
Does it make sense for so many libraries to be investing in their physical sp...
"[A watershed is] that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."
- John Wesley Powell
Upon entering "The Watershed Experience," visitors will be astonished by the elemental power of moving water, and be swept into a powerful exploration of the effect of policy on educational infrastructure.
Behold, the DOCC.
Well done, feminists, well done.
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 ...
Don't miss this bus on the nascent innovation described very credibly in the article, "Forget MOOCs--Let's Use MOOA."
So, what would you task your MOOA with?
Here's a fun perspective on recent turn of events in Coursera's shop: A Canadian consultancy proclaims that Coursera Jumps the Shark.
I think the tone is pretty right-on, spotting the inconsistencies in Coursera's evolution. Sure, you could call it a "pivot," but you also have to admit the recent developments are a pretty dramatic shift away from the founding vision!
Witness: An Open Letter to Professor Michael Sandel From the Philosophy Department at San Jose State U.
What do you think?
(I'll chime in when I get a moment to reflect!)