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 ...
August 20, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Evidence that high challenge schools can still encourage deep learning.
Full story from Getting Smart
2. Is the search for real education in vain, or does it truly exist?
August 21, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Time to give students more flexibility between academic and vocational education.
Full story from Getting Smart
2. LinkedIn goes to college.
These days, most of the talk in education revolves around the quality of teachers and as teacher evaluations are fast becoming one of the major educational policies
At the end of every semester or term, students rate and grade their teachers base on the teacher's performance. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a rating system similar to that of the data used to rate restaurants. According to this article, this data is to evaluate and grade teachers graduating from coll...
The Georgia Institute of Technology will now be offering a master's degree in computer science through massive open online courses (moocs). This is the first time an elite institution has offered a degree through Moocs and it is expected to attract many students.
I have no doubt that more elite institutions across the country will be offering advanced degrees online. It is more affordable for students, and I am sure it is more time consuming as well. I would like to see the negative and positive effects this will have.
Often times the question asked immediately after someone proposes a business idea is what's next? Most people think about raising money to start it off. It is rather advisable to take baby steps first. The idea must be shared with others to get their feedback about and it is also important to write the idea down, how different it is, and figure out who the target market is before coming up with ways to gather and raise funds to launch the idea.
Successful entrepreneur and CEO, Jay Adelson, demystifies the process of launching a company by answering aspiring entrepreneur's questions. He disc...
When I started thinking about why education is so important, I remembered my high school years when I used to spend almost five hours a month on math homework, wake up at 6:00 AM and get ready for my PSAL soccer game after school. I remembered my teachers, school subjects, the study and the fun! I never really hated school. But I have seen many of my peers who hated going to school; I have had some friends who did not like the idea of studying. Some needed to be up in summer school for recovery. I personally was always focused because I wanted to become a software engineer. I know it will be h...
August 19, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Diane Ravitch isn't going away.
Full story from The Atlantic
2. How many on-ramps will connect the world’s ghettos to the Information Superhighway?
Though we learn science in school, most people take for granted the physical, chemical, and electrical systems that make our daily lives what they are. Enter the EcoHouse, a roving mobile home literally opened up for public viewing: walls and floors have been removed and replaced to allow people to see the electrical, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems. At the EcoHouse, students of all kinds - from public school eleme...
August 18, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team
1. Kaplan grows a learning science branch.
Full story from Inside Higher Ed
2. Social media helps lessen anxiety for incoming freshmen.