“ Every day the scorecards went up, where they could be seen by all of the hospital’s emergency room doctors. Physicians hitting the target to admit at least half of the patients over 65 years old who entered the emergency department were color-coded green. The names of doctors who were close were yellow. Failing physicians were […]
“The growth of the Internet will slow drastically [as it] becomes apparent [that] most people have nothing to say to each other,” the economist Paul Krugman wrote in 1998. “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s…. Ten years from […]
“One of the things that is extremely challenging to my teaching now is the possibility that there are some things you can learn only from experience and can’t be taught. The pathos of teaching is that some things can’t be taught – and one of them might be political judgement. I don’t think that’s a despairing […]
“All of education is fad-driven.” All or just most? Computing Education blog
“When we have public debates about the needs of higher education—the future of higher education—not coincidentally they track with the agendas and recommendations set forth by the Gates foundation, by McKinsey & Company, by the New America Foundation,” he says. “These are considered independent resources, but basically they’re putting out PowerPoint presentations—and the rest of […]
As they say of education “If you want to move a graveyard, don’t expect much help from the occupants!” Via Donald Clark
Chuck Vest, the president of MIT, in a private communication to some faculty, once described MIT as “a no-praise zone”. My first week as an electrical engineering and computer science graduate student I asked a professor for help with a problem. He talked to me for a bit and then said “You’re having trouble with this […]
David Bailey Q & A in the Guardian Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? The children’s education.
Humans compute and transfer nongenetic information between generations, creating a longitudinal intelligence that is unlike anything else on Earth. The data links that hold the structure together in time swell rhythmically to the frequency of human regeneration. This is education. He writes, about his father who was a teacher: Adding to an already rich life, my […]
On the usually sound principle that there is nothing in UK medicine that can’t be made worse by the involvement of the General Medical Council Nigel Hawkes in the BMJ last week.
“Education theory is like a toothbrush. Everybody has one, but nobody wants to use someone else’s.” Via Innovate Edu
One does not automatically enhance learning by making learning fun—by making it pleasurable. Nor does one enhance learning by making it materially rewarding (a fact amply demonstrated by the failure of recent efforts to improve student performance with often substantial material incentives). Book review in Science by Barry Schwartz of Beyond Pleasure and Pain How Motivation Works by E. Tory […]
“Any teacher who can be replaced by technology deserves to be.” (David Thornburg) Via computing education blog
Education is a double-edged sword. You have to start where people are, but if you stay there, you’re not educating. The ever insightful Alan Kay.
Roger Schank here: elearning is the same garbage in a different venue. Discuss.
Sarah Kendzior Via Stephen Downes here Teaching is touted as a “calling”, with compensation an afterthought. One American research university offers its PhD students a salary of $1000 per semester for the “opportunity” to design and teach a course for undergraduates, who are each paying about $50,000 in tuition. The university calls this position “Senior Teaching […]
A new definition via computing ed blog
Carl Elliott We’re on the road, my son Crawford and I. It’s time to visit colleges, and our schedule is brutal. Hot car, blinding sun, 12 colleges in 10 days, Ann Arbor to Sewanee. Onward we drive, Zevon on the stereo, afternoon into night, our mission fueled by gas-station coffee and Doritos. When we stop, […]
This Is Just A Blog Post. From Dave Winer
The Economist here Such cases have not stopped the fraudsters, and would-be students are still trying to buy their way to a better career. A diploma can make all the difference in the modern Chinese job hunt. In some cases fee-paying students know they are matriculating with a fake university but see it as an […]
E-learning is currently in the hype stage. Businesses see it as the latest panacea for whatever problems they have. David Jonassen
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
This quote from Alan Kay seems to be very appropriate for anybody interested in improving medical education. “You can fix a clock, but you have to negotiate with a system.” I think if I had understood this earlier in my life, I might have slept better.
Neither managers nor pharmaceutical companies like the idea of doctors having clinical discretion, and guidelines based on the (published) evidence have become a way to standardize clinical practice and manage risks. David Healy
I thought that “delivering people to the labour market” was the principal function of public transport rather than higher education. Crooked timber
Healthcare in particular is one of those areas where science, human factors, and economics are on a collision course, Tim O’Reilly
Peter Thiel at Techcrunch So Friday, as I sat with Thiel in his San Francisco home that he finally owns, I was curious what he thinks of the current Web frenzy. Not surprisingly, another Internet bubble seemed the farthest thing from his mind. But, he argued, America is under the spell of a bubble of […]
Once you have started a university degree, it is very hard to switch from one institution to another. This reduces universities’ incentive to teach well because their students can’t leave them. Even worse, it means that students who pick an unsuitable university have a stark choice: stick with it, or quit altogether. Gill Wyness
Forbes reports that outstanding student loans are approaching a trillion dollars. It’s a situation guaranteed to make any politician in the UK uncomfortable. The figures are for the US and the article argues that many of the private-for-profit Universities are to blame for the increasing rates of defaults on loans.
From Paul Graham with tongue in cheek (or half hanging out) Harvard University, founded in 1638, is the leading supplier of education and scholarship worldwide. Its flagship product, the Harvard University PhD degree, is the scholarship industry’s leading enterprise-wide scalable information management solution. For more information, visit Harvard at www.harvard.edu, or call 1-617-495-1000.