Tag Archives: Education

Are we less willing to listen to experts who disagree with our world view?

Yes, I think so, and that’s a bad sign. . . I saw this book at the library and was intrigued by the cryptic title: Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters (affiliate link), by Tom Nichols. I flipped through the book and landed on this high-powered statement: “The issue is… Read More »

MOOCs continue to grow, disrupt, and democratize education

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) have been around in their current form for about six years. They continue their march to democratize education. If you are not familiar with these free online courses taught by some of the best professors in the business, please see my post from 18 months ago here. I still believe MOOCs have the… Read More »

What is a MOOC? Massively Open Online Courses

Two months ago I didn’t know what a M-O-O-C was. Now, I am convinced it will be the juggernaut that disrupts higher education. For the last 20 years, traditional universities have only given lip-service to online education. They may have put out a few extension courses here and there, but they largely forfeited the medium… Read More »

Customer Feedback: college professor asks for feedback every class

Today I read a NY Times story  about a a Boston University professor who asks for student feedback at the end of every class. Most professors are content to receive the obligatory student evaluation at the end of the semester. Not Dr. Muhammad Zaman. He gets student feedback daily. He publishes the results, emails the… Read More »