Sources of Information on Higher Education

If you are interested in how higher education operates, or are doing research on issues pertaining to higher education, these organizations may be of value: Ithaka S+R The Center for College Affordability and Productivity Education Sector Contact North Survey Reports | The Sloan Consortium NMC Horizon Project | The New Media Consortium EDUCAUSE Library |… Continue reading Sources of Information on Higher Education

The Changing Contexts of Educational Content

Value is shaped by context. That is to say  . . . we attribute value and meaning to people, objects and other things on the basis of the circumstances in which we experience them. Art may be best example of the power of context. If we take a work of art out from behind the… Continue reading The Changing Contexts of Educational Content

Notes on Sharing, Competition and Innovation

Originally posted in Today’s Campus A panel discussion entitled “What Nonprofits and For-Profits Can Learn from Each Other About Teaching and Learning” was held at the most recent Educause conference. The panelists were from proprietary schools, a non-profit university, Inside Higher Ed, and a think-tank. It was at this talk that an audience member repeated… Continue reading Notes on Sharing, Competition and Innovation

Learning to Share

A panel discussion entitled “What Nonprofits and For-Profits Can Learn from Each Other About Teaching and Learning” was held at the most recent Educause conference. The panelists were from proprietary schools, a non-profit university, Inside Higher Ed, and a think-tank. It was at this talk that an audience member repeated the claim that proprietary colleges,… Continue reading Learning to Share

Customer Service and/or Academic Standards in Higher Education

I recall walking down the hall of a university with a senior faculty member (I was merely tenure-track), when a student asked him for help with a small matter. He refused to help, noting that it was not  currently his office hours. He was rude and condescending toward the student. To her credit, the student… Continue reading Customer Service and/or Academic Standards in Higher Education

Faculty Lounges: Naomi Schaefer Riley (Author Interview Series)

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America, and most recently of The Faculty Lounges … And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You… Continue reading Faculty Lounges: Naomi Schaefer Riley (Author Interview Series)

What Makes a Great Professor (Survey)

Interesting. Notice what falls lowest as a source of value for professors from the student’s perspective: the very things that serve as the basis of value to the professor’s themselves and the institution’s that support them – research prowess and credentials. A structural flaw in the extreme.

Media Companies & Digital Higher Education

I mentioned to a colleague a couple of weeks back how it was “interesting” to see media companies getting involved in digital learning. The participants include, but may not be limited to, News Corp, Bertelsmann AG, the New York Times Company, and the Washington Post. As education moves from the classroom to the screen, different capabilities are required. Many… Continue reading Media Companies & Digital Higher Education