— Albert Einstein
— Herman Melville
Threadless held a teachers’ challenge and invited the online community to submit an original t-shirt design that teaches us something and helps to raise money for DonorsChoose.org. 125 incredibly creative designs poured in and the “ABC’s of Literature” was crowned the crowd favorite.
Here’s where you and I come in: if you purchase the t-shirt, not only will you look cool, but 100% of the cost will go back to teachers. You’ll also receive a $20 gift card with your shirt that you can use to provide much-needed supplies for classroom projects listed by teachers on DonorsChoose.org.
It’s a pretty simple proposition. Teachers go the extra mile for their students, every day. And they need our help.
Let’s support them with Threadless and DonorsChoose.org. It’s an easy (and fashionable) way to help.
— Woodrow Wilson, 1909
Stephen Downes on Do-It-Yourself Education and MOOCs
Everything old is new again.
"COLLEGE- The Gift That Keeps On Taking “ Newsweek April 26, 1976
Their 2013 version: “Is College A Lousy Investment?
As some say that all students should be required to “speak up” in class, I say “let them type.” If you run a backchannel, that should count as classroom contribution. I’ve found that quieter students will float an idea in the classroom and are willing to express it verbally if the teacher notices and speaks about the topic. Sometimes students want a low-threat way to suggest and interject, and I’ve personally found the backchannel to be a powerful way to do this.
(Amongst other things…)
— Flannery O’Connor
from Open Culture
We took our collection of 550 Free Online Courses from Great Universities and did a back-of-the-envelope estimate of the total number of hours of free audio/video lectures it offers. A conservative estimate puts it north of 15,000 hours. Pretty staggering, especially considering that these lectures come from world-class institutions like Stanford, MIT, Yale, UC Berkeley, and Oxford. And, what’s more, they’re free. Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch … and dinner.
Stephen’s Web ~ OLDaily
MOOCs make the front cover of Time College Is Dead. Long Live College! There’s zero coverage of anything that’s not Ivy League. But I don’t care. MOOCs will be the end of them. The elite universities are about money and privilege. MOOCs represent the opposite of that. “several forces have aligned to revive the hope that the Internet (or rather, humans using the Internet from Lahore to Palo Alto, Calif.) may finally disrupt higher education — not by simply replacing the distribution method but by reinventing the actual product.
— John Dewey
From the Republican Party of Texas election platform (p.12) comes this classic bit of education madness:
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification, and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
A recent Georgetown University study estimates that by 2018, 63 percent of all U.S. jobs will require some sort of postsecondary education. Studies have shown for quite a while that a credential, whether a degree or certificate, can lead to higher wages and greater long-term sustainability.
That reality—and the changing nature of today’s workforce—has sent adult learners back to campus in record numbers. Some studies estimate the traditional college student—a full-time, residential undergraduate supported by their parents—may only account for 25 percent of the college-going population.