Category Archives: Higher education

“Learn to change the world” OR “Learn, to change the world.”

Last spring, I completed my Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). As the next batch of new students will be starting classes in a few weeks, I’ve been thinking back to the school’s slogan: “Learn to … Continue reading

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Tufts University: new “gap year” service initiative!

Tufts University is starting a new program for incoming first-year students where they can spend a year after high school doing a year of service domestically or internationally before starting their freshman year of classes the next year! http://www.tuftsdaily.com/news/tufts-officially-launches-pre-matriculation-service-program Update … Continue reading

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Scholars and “outreach”

This summer, the American Mathematical Society released an article arguing for mathematicians to focus only on academics and research while in graduate school and post-doc programs.  Essentially, the idea is that outreach (defined in the article as increasing representation of … Continue reading

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“Accredible:” a new online service to document mastery of a particular (online) course or skill

Typically, upon successful completion of a MOOC (massive open online course) through a provider such as Coursera, students are provided a certificate of accomplishment stating that the student has successfully completed the course. For example, here is my statement of … Continue reading

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Some unexplored effects of MOOCs in the long-term

There is currently lots of thinking going on about the implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)–courses that are free online and enroll tens of thousands of students at a time from all over the world:  How will these affect … Continue reading

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Post City Year options (your input is wanted!)

My current position with City Year ends in June. I’m currently exploring post-City Year options, which City Year comically refers to as LACY (life after City Year). I have started collecting a (so far very incomplete) list of options for … Continue reading

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Teacher fired from Art Institute (of California–OC) for not requiring an e-textbook…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/mike-tracy-art-institute-textbook_n_1776544.html http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/08/18/teacher-fired-refusing-make-students-buy-pricey-textbooks According to the articles above, at this school, owned by a for-profit company, the policy is that each teacher is supposed to assign students to “rent” an e-textbook for each course. Students are required to pay a specific … Continue reading

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