Category Archives: society

Students as consumers

By | December 5, 2015

https://medium.com/synapse/students-as-consumers-7a0068dd5dad 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

https://medium.com/synapse/form-and-function-in-teaching-375025f27729 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 »