A liberal arts education creates citizens: people who can think broadly and critically about themselves and the world.
From Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, Louis Caldera, and Louis Soares: Disruptive innovation is the process by which a sector that has previously served only a limited few, because its products and services were complicated, expensive, and inaccessible, is transformed into one whose products and services are simple, affordable, and convenient and serves many... Continue Reading →
From Jacob Nielsen: "Students don't like to learn new user interface styles. They prefer websites that employ well-known interaction patterns. If a site doesn't work in the expected manner, most students lose patience and leave."
I know the pendulum spirals between "information wants to be free" and "information want to be expensive" and I think we come out at a more expansive level most of the time. It's just that the exclusionary approach makes me nervous.
"Thomas College in Waterville, Maine is trying to help students land that first job. The liberal arts school guarantees a job to students who are able to keep a certain GPA, among other requirements, within six months of graduating; or else they can come back to Thomas and take classes for free, or have the... Continue Reading →
Posted by Christopher Shea on September 28, 2010 "Bates College has a striking web page that aggregates links to all sorts of web content produced by Bates alumni. "Facebook groups, blogs by alumni, LinkedIn groups, Flickr photos -- the page runs the gamut." (Hat tip: Bryan Alexander, via Dan Cohen.) Excerpts from The Boston Globe
"Bates College has gone beyond Twitter by aggregating all of its social-media platforms on a single Web page. Its Bates Social site features links to athletics blogs and those by professors, as well as Facebook and LinkedIn groups for alumni, and lists of Twitter accounts from students and clubs. It also allows members of the... Continue Reading →
"This fall the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several partners will announce a new project aimed at harnessing technology to help prepare students for college and get them to graduation. The senior program officer leading that effort is Josh Jarrett, a former software entrepreneur with a Harvard M.B.A. who joined Gates after five years... Continue Reading →
Excerpts from James Martin's 2007 book and documentary (preview | complete). Martin is founder of the Oxford Martin School (previously the 21st Century School). http://vimeo.com/2750723 "At the start of the 21st century, humankind finds itself on a non-sustainable course – a course that, unless it is changed, will lead to catastrophes of awesome consequences. At... Continue Reading →
The hefty price tag of a college degree has some experts worried that its benefits are fading. "I think it makes less sense for more families than it did five years ago," says Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University who has been studying education issues ... According to the Education Department, between 1997-98... Continue Reading →