Tag Archives: higher education

Academic work as a Moral Tale: An agony in a mere six fits [Part 1]

By | November 30, 2014

On our Reed College Facebook page, there has been a debate on academic reimbursement, starting with an innocuous discussion on the posting of a position for a new event planner for the College and leading up to my threatening them with my own analysis of academic job markets – a threat now begun here.


Despite the neverending best efforts of our group to feel bad for our beloved college,

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The virtue of compliance?

By | July 12, 2014

Yet another interesting exchange on a LinkedIn board inspires this column – in this case, a question posed by Jari Metsämuuronen, a Finnish researcher looking at how different measures of educational performance are related. Toward the end of the exchange, he made the interesting observation that:

“…the external test score [was] less predictable in comparison with teachers’

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Solutions to a Crisis?

By | January 10, 2013

newsomeToday’s Chronicle of Higher Education contains a blog post entitled, “Finally, a Path Toward Solutions to the Crisis in Higher Ed” by Jeff Selingo, the Chronicle’s Editor-at-Large, reporting on a meeting held Tuesday at UCLA in which various California higher education luminaries – featuring the ineffable presence of our Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (that’s him on the left here) – discussed “…how online learning might help the state’s cash-starved public colleges increase access.”  After the buildup (“Gavin Newsome hardly ever looked at his phone?”),

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Enter the MOOC, stage left

By | December 26, 2012

yearbookRecently, there’s been a good deal of discussion in the professional blogosphere about the emerging role of what have been termed “massive open online courses”, or MOOC’s. Starting with MIT’s Open Courseware initiative some years ago, MOOC’s have suddenly emerged in the last year as a major force to be reckoned with in higher education.

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