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There is yet another book on the future of US higher education reviewed in the the NYRB. The review by Anthony Grafton is here and the book is “College: What it was, Is, and Should be”, by Andrew Delbanco. I haven’t read the book but the review would imply it deals with a number of […]

May 28, 2012

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Gee, the Kings Fund produces yet more groundbreaking research. I guess the null hypothesis was: doctors have nothing to do with NHS health care and can make no contribution to deciding what goes on in the NHS. A UK health think tank says it has produced “compelling evidence” that NHS organisations are safer, more effective, […]

A paper of ours is now in press and available online as a provisional pdf here. Abstract is below Dermatology undergraduate skin cancer training: a disconnect between recommendations, clinical exposure and competence R Benjamin Aldridge, Susanne S Maxwell and Jonathan L Rees Abstract (provisional) Background Skin cancers are the most common malignancies in Caucasian populations. Non-specialists are responsible […]

The classroom is the handmaiden of a factory model of higher education, and the colleges that are truly strategically focused are already abandoning that model. Richard DeMillo

I am embarrassed that I missed this argument first time round. Richard DeMillo writes Some of us are still waiting for higher education’s Nicholas Carr moment—the point at which it becomes clear to everyone that technology doesn’t matter. Carr’s 2003Harvard Business Review article, “Why IT Doesn’t Matter,” threw sand in the gears of the information-technology industry […]

I got this via a Dan Colman post. The post highlighted  coming changes reflecting (i) commercial and non commercial interest in elearning and (ii) the escalating cost of HE. But the 5 minute university is not ready to die yet.  

May 16, 2012

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Here a couple of paragraphs from Geoff Norman. Seven years old, but I fear thinking as Geoff does would be risky  (read deviant) for many of our young doctors or medical students. Competence, whether in surgery, medicine, or music, cannot be captured by checklists, which reward thoroughness, not expertise. The counter-argument is that a checklist […]

John Naughton has an interesting  post on Clayton Christensen and disruptive innovation. It contains the following quote about HE: And the innovation story goes on. We’re seeing it currently in the Higher Education business. Traditional universities are expensive and inefficient as teaching institutions, but most of them persist in believing that their USPs are such […]

May 13, 2012

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Lots on this topic this all over the place at the moment. Another bubble, with much of the UK falling in behind. This quote is from the the NYT today. College marketing firms encourage school officials to focus on the value of the education rather than the cost. For example, an article on the cover of Enrollment Management, […]

May 12, 2012

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From FtT In the fall I’ll be back from the FTC and teaching again. I want to draw on the wisdom of FtT readers to help me figure out what technology I should be using to present material to students in the classroom. It’s a lecture class, teaching security and privacy to a class of […]

Russell had a lot to say about education, and the following may not have been geared in this particular direction, but they would seem good starting points for any discussion of how we really should educate doctors. Via Brain Pickings. Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, […]

From the Monday letter by Frederik Filloux. He then goes on to discuss why the narrow French elitist schools don’t support innovation the the way the US schools do. The comments are worth reading too. Take higher education. The failure is unequivocal, regardless of political leanings. France might have about 80 universities, most of them second […]

Thoughtful article from  Woodie Flowers at MIT Why not OpenCourseWare? I argued that the program that became OpenCourseWare should have focused its original $100 million estimated budget on two topics. I suggested microbiology and electromechanical systems as examples. Had we done that, I believe we would have accelerated changing education. We decided, however, to assume that the world […]

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