Monthly Archives: April 2013

Is the Tide Turning on MOOCs (and Other Online Courses)?

Is the tide turning on MOOCs (massive open online courses)? An April 29th Chronicle of Higher Education article explains how, earlier this month, Amherst College turned down an ordinarily coveted invitation to join edX: Amherst’s rejection of edX, decided by … Continue reading

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Teaching critical thinking: how, when, where.

Interesting post from the Scientific American‘s blog. Here’s an excerpt: A democracy relies on an electorate of critical thinkers. Yet formal education, which is driven by test taking, is increasingly failing to require students to ask the kind of questions that … Continue reading

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Should pre-med requirements be reformed?

This is the title of Aaron Carroll’s April 11 blog post over at The Washington Monthly, which coincidentally appears at the same time as a Perspective piece by David Muller in the April 10 issue of The New England Journal of … Continue reading

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First: Scantron. Now: Automated essay graders. What’s next?

From the April 4 New York Times: Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the “send” button when you are done and receiving … Continue reading

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Faculty Play Dates

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of learning and work occurring in Faculty Learning Communities. But, like preschool play groups, FLCs also provide a safe and structured environment focused on a shared interest, for learning, interaction, and enjoyment among … Continue reading

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