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The Flipped Classroom

The modern educational model is to “flip the classroom.” Rather than being “talked at” for hours with little interaction between students and instructors, students learn the information on their own – whether it’s at home in their pajamas at 3 am – and come to class to discuss it and do other collaborative activities. Today … Continue reading The Flipped Classroom

Looking Forward Toward Education’s Potential

Skeptics are calling online courses the “Wal-Martification of higher education.” You get what you pay for, they say. But just like traditional brick-and-mortar courses, there are low-quality and high-quality MOOCs. If we judge the potential of online courses based on disengaging, non-interactive videotaped lectures, we’ll handicap our ability to envision the extent to which they … Continue reading Looking Forward Toward Education’s Potential

What would I want my kids to do in school?

Most kids spend the majority of their lives in school. If I had children, I would want them to get the most out of the unique opportunities that school provides. These do not include reading, writing, worksheets, or textbooks. In short, these opportunities do not include anything that students can do at home by themselves. … Continue reading What would I want my kids to do in school?

Accepting Alternatives to Higher Ed Necessitates Open Minds

The status quo: Traditional higher ed is not meeting expectations. Currently, several debates are ensuing concerning higher education. What is the purpose and for whom? For employers, the purpose is for potential employees to develop critical thinking skills. For many students, the purpose varies from simply getting a credential, to having the “college experience”, to … Continue reading Accepting Alternatives to Higher Ed Necessitates Open Minds