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Online Learning Part II: MOOCs

In my post Online Learning: Current Developments and Future Predictions, I discussed some implications of free online courses, including accreditation and obtaining degrees. These massive open online courses (MOOCs) are constantly evolving, and I’d like to continue the conversation. Let’s start with the following question. What differentiates a MOOC from a regular online course? Probably … Continue reading Online Learning Part II: MOOCs

Online Learning: Current Developments and Future Predictions

Online courses and virtual learning are gaining ground, supported by the idea that learning can happen anytime, any place, anywhere. Stanford, Columbia, and many other leading universities are now offering free online courses. Individuals (many of which are distinguished professors) have launched their own platforms such as Coursera and edX. Already, 33 institutions such as … Continue reading Online Learning: Current Developments and Future Predictions

Math and Language are Interconnected

Math provides a way to visualize and comprehend concepts from disciplines far and wide. As such, appropriate use of language is crucial in expressing ideas from these disciplines, including mathematics. Unfortunately, students often do not see the connection between mathematics and reading/writing. An important example is the use of conjunctions such as "and" and "or." … Continue reading Math and Language are Interconnected

Algebra Necessary for Innovative Thinking

Andrew Hacker, emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, gave his take on algebra education in a New York Times opinion piece in July. He argued for its elimination, claiming that algebra isn’t necessary for students’ future success. Even those who have advanced degrees in STEM subjects are unable … Continue reading Algebra Necessary for Innovative Thinking