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Required Readings

MOOCs, liberal indoctrination, #charlestonsyllabus, TX BOE chair, King & King controversy, y mas: Required Readings, 06.28.15

Hat tip to School of Doubt’s mother ship, Skepchick, for this article on the role MOOCs are playing in the professional development of educators. Turning Point USA, a conservative activist organization, wants to teach college students how to avoid indoctrination by “liberal professors.” You can view their offerings here. A Brandeis …

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Pop Quiz: Can you post the lecture online?

Happy Monday, School of Doubters! At the beginning of every semester I end up having to fight the same battle with my students. Immediately after going over the syllabus and discussing how they can use the course management software to keep track of their grades and discuss course materials in …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 26 September 2013

JREF releases a 10-part Ray Hyman lecture series. Social media audits on the horizon for universities. “SPOCS” are coming? The 99s in New York. JREF releases a free lecture series called “How To Think About Dubious Claims by Ray Hyman” – Well, I think Ray Hyman isn’t making the dubious …

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“Massive Online… OOOOOOKS”

I’m about to embark on a new experience: teaching an online class. It’s a short course, really, just four sessions about my favorite topic ever (radio astronomy). It’s not for credit or associated with a university, kind of a “lifelong learning” experience for funsies type of thing.  I’m not even …

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Required Readings

Required Reading, 12 September 2013

Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety. Trouble in MOOC-land. A link between reading and maths. It’s required readings – night edition! It’s a night edition because I’m, well, a teacher. Pesky students, meetings, and campus events get in the way of blogging sometimes… Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety – Brilliant essay …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 8 August 2013

Good evening, teachers and learners! New York’s common core test results. MOOCs not so disruptive? Adjunctification! A return to a grammar school model in the UK? All in today’s readings. Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks – I’ve got very mixed feelings about standardized testing and the …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 1 August 2013

Good afternoon, teachers and learners! I’m writing to you from a computer lab with a terrible keyboard, so please pardon the brevity of this required reading list. Talking at mealtimes boosts children’s confidence – So says a study, referring to mealtimes at home, not necessarily at school. Paleontology MOOC is …

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Pop Quiz: Are MOOCs the future?

At a meeting the other night I got into a somewhat heated discussion with an older friend and colleague, who was criticising our institution for failing to offer any Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) that are open to participation by the broader public. This, he argued, was a sign …

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