Tag Archives: technology

Quality in online higher education: a Moral Tale

By | November 28, 2014

I’m a big fan of Moral Tales. These are relatively short stories – sometimes real, sometimes made up, or at least embellished – that make a significant point about some issue or problem. Their aim is to open eyes, induce thought and reflection, and generally to suggest new ways of looking at situations. I’ve used them in my teaching ever since I started.  One pretty great teacher you may recall called them “parables”,

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À la recherche du technologie perdu [Part 2]

By | May 3, 2014

Reminiscences on lost technologies continue…with a whole lot of great links to things and stuff. Check them out!

In 1971-72, I was working with the Public Health Service to implement the National Health Service Corps. We were getting bombarded with letters from communities around the country that thought they ought to have one of our doctors –

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À la recherche du technologie perdu [Part 1]

By | May 1, 2014

Contrary to popular opinion, I did not actually write my PhD dissertation on parchment with a quill, although it was so many generations of technology ago that I might as well have. There is something quite sobering about realizing that one’s cherished moments of technological innovativeness feature devices now enshrined in the Permanent Collections of the Smithsonian. But since the new cutting edge of technology is not hardware but software,

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The state of California [Part 2]

By | April 18, 2014

In Part 1 of this post, I detailed three areas of concern in the current public space that is California today. Here, I’d like to suggest two other major sets of problems, and then draw some implication for the nation as a whole.

The almost complete failure of the Brown administration to do anything meaningful about the rapid growth of the “prison-industrial complex”.

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MOOCs and the future of higher education [Part 2]

By | April 8, 2014

So just what are MOOCs, anyway, and why should we care? Aren’t they just hype, or worse – a gimmick dreamed up by the for-profit sector to flimflam the non-elites? There’s certainly an element of marketing gee-whiz. The first MOOCs were largely show-off technology, but also partly marketing devices used by their universities to publicize special areas of expertise.

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On rediscovering wheels

By | November 6, 2013

In the latest entry in the “your federal government at work” sweepstakes, the US Commerce Department has just issued a fine new report entitled “The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Focus.” As a result of extensive interviews

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Exploring Causality (Part 7)

By | August 19, 2013

As we left matters in the first part of this conclusion, we were wondering how much in this picture is causal and how much is simply opportunistic – or maybe some of both. As an example, Roman military technology dominated the world for 500-600 years. But initially their technology was notably inferior

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The Name of the Blog (repeat entry)

By | August 17, 2013

Early on in the history of this blog, I wrote a short column explaining the rather quaint name that I’d chosen for this effort: “Two Boards and Most of the Idea”. I thought that it might be useful, before we wrap up our causality series, to once again explain the name for the benefit of all the new readers who have joined us since then.

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Technology, here we come!

By | January 5, 2013

cardsortIt’s that time of year again; the turn of the seasons when the urge to create summary lists describing here that is passed in the year yet to come becomes overwhelming. When I worked for the government some years ago, I used to observe that the funniest possible reading was the set of five-year plans prepared two years ago.

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The Name of the Blog – Finally!

By | January 1, 2013

I wasn’t originally planning to do a post today, but it dawned on me that it might be a fine opportunity to tell the story of the name of this blog – “Two boards and most of the idea.” As I mentioned in my kickoff post, this line comes from an old family story told about my uncle Leighton,

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