My major concern is the increasing standardization of the college experience. In order to make online learning worth the cost of development, institutions must achieve economies of scale so as to spread its costs over a large number of students. But achieving these economies of scale means losing certain intangible aspects of the classroom environment; indeed, online education makes no room for the interpersonal interactions that are an essential part of an authentic education.
My second concern is that cost-saving technologies will have different consequences for rich and poor institutions and for rich and poor students. Public institutions have faced decreased taxpayer subsidies for years and feel acute pressure to reduce costs through standardization. In contrast, wealthy private universities have little incentive to standardize and cheapen their learning environments.
At Harvey Mudd College in California, about 40 percent of the computer science majors are women. That’s far more than at any other co-ed school. And it’s thanks in large part to the school’s president, Maria Klawe. She has worked hard to keep women interested in computer science and empower them to succeed in the field.
(and even if you aren’t)
Remember it’s normal to feel every emotion you feel. nothing is invalid. it’s how you respond to your emotions and to other people’s that matters.
if you treat yourself like garbage you’re not going to feel good about anything. even if it seems cheesy, look in the mirror…
With the new platform CourseSmart Analytics, professors are able to see the students’ level of engagement - how much of digital texts students have read, whether they highlight passages or took notes and how much time they spent on their readings.A beta version of CourseSmart is being tested at several universities during the spring semester serving about 4,000 students, and officials hope to roll it out fully by the fall, said spokeswoman Cindy Clark. The goal is to move away from traditional textbooks and methods and help give faculty an insight into their students’ behaviors, she said.
Not getting into Brown was the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Assaf, a vice president of sales at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn who ultimately ended up studying at NYU and has been accepted to the Harvard Business School. The private school environment, according to Assaf, too often tended to engender in her and her classmates “an entitlement mentality.” “At NYU, in a city like New York, nothing happens for you,” she said. “You have to earn every opportunity.
Students should be treated as any other stakeholder in education — with their voices being sought and listened to. This blog post is about a persuasive essay written by a 10th-grade student, who realized her grades were better in middle school because classes started later and that she would have a better chance of success if class sizes were smaller.
The respondents were most likely to take online courses on topics they felt more comfortable “teaching themselves.” When a student considered a subject area “difficult”—many cited mathematics and science courses as examples—they were more likely to want a traditional brick-and-mortar setting because, the report says, “they needed the immediate question-and-answer context of a face-to-face course.”
So yesterday I posted the following question to Tumblr.
Are you required to take a technology course to fulfill your education degree?
I got a lot of great responses via Tumblr, some email and some twitter. I asked this specific question for a number of reasons. One of them being that when I…
- Every class had someone that immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was “Arabs” or “Muslims” placed the bombs.
- Every class was filled with students who were shocked by that first student’s comments and tried to change their opinion.
- One student pointed out that terrorist attacks…
An awful lot has been written about public libraries, how they are at the centre of our communities, how they offer free books, how they provide free internet access and many other services. You know what, it is all true, but there is another temple of the book which is sometimes forgotten…