Category Archives: society

Students as consumers

By | December 5, 2015 There’s another column of mine included in The Synapse collection on Medium, called “Students as consumers”. It discusses how students came to be described as consumers and education as a commodity. Quite relevant to other things I’ve published here, and maybe by appearing there gaining a slightly larger audience.

Form and function in teaching

By | December 5, 2015 I’ve recently published in The Synapse collection on Medium this brief column on a controversy recently emerging on another blog about the “right way to teach” and its relationships to power. You might find it interesting.

Education as a Heap of Trouble

By | October 18, 2015

I haven’t had much to say recently; hopefully, this will change. Here’s something that recently engaged my attention, at least long enough to fulminate some. There’s a recent LinkedIn discussion about “Higher Education is in a Heap of Trouble.. What’s to Be Done About It?”. Numerous perspectives are reflected there. My own tends to be on the more… Read More »

Remembering Virginia

By | August 8, 2015

My mother, Virginia Dudley Eveland, would have turned 116 earlier this year had she stuck around. As it was, she lived to 93 – time enough to see the world totally transformed. In a way, she and many of her generation pioneered the experience of today’s millennials. She was a brilliant but quiet child, growing up in a… Read More »

“The value of aphorisms”

By | July 18, 2015

I’ve been pretty inactive here lately, at least in part because of some technical problems with my server that cut of my access here. But I seem to be back on line now. I thought that I’d call your attention to a piece I put up on the LinkedIn Pulse blog, called “The value of aphorisms.” It’s essentially… Read More »

On being non-academic as well

By | June 17, 2015

On the Quora answer site, the question was recently posed, “Do PhD students get time to pursue their hobbies?” By the time I saw it, they were already some 41 answers posted, many of which spoke negatively about opportunities for extra-academic activity. For me, this seems like an opportunity to reflect on the other half of what I… Read More »

“Mediated meritocracy”

By | June 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I published on the LinkedIn Pulse blog a brief piece entitled “Mediated meritocracy”. I’m not quite sure why, but it’s attracted a larger audience (some 520 views, 64 likes) than just about anything else I’ve written. I’m gratified, but I really wish that I’d been able to attract the same audience to some… Read More »

Science, art, and tools

By | June 3, 2015

Back in the late 1970s, I joined the National Science Foundation as part of a group looking at the implications of technological innovation. The personal computer was just beginning to be deployed, and I was extremely enthusiastic about its potential for creative change. This failed to resonate with the old-line mechanical engineers who were in charge of our… Read More »

Is competency-based education disruptive?

By | May 4, 2015

Michelle Weise just published an interview in Management & Strategy Issues in Digital Higher Ed called “Competency-Based “Hire” Education”, which became the focus of a LinkedIn discussion on whether CBE ought to be considered a “disruptive innovation”. The idea of innovations as disruptive was popularized by Clayton Christenson of the Harvard Business School, and has received a lot… Read More »

Stories in research – Two parts in search of a message

By | May 4, 2015

In response to an interesting piece called “The Danger of a Single Student Story” published in Medium by Shawn White, I offered an extended comment dealing with the importance of stories in research. This follows up on and relates to another article I published in the LinkedIn Pulse blog, called “Research is Hardwired“, in which I contended that… Read More »