MOOCs+ (or Classes + MOOCs) and the MOOC Delusion

From Slate: For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education. Why, some influential computer scientists wondered, should there be thousands of colleges and universities around the country all teaching the same classes to small groups of students, when you could get one brilliant [Read More...]

Introvert and a Teacher

Excellent article brought to my attention about teachers and introversion: On his third day as a teacher, John Spencer lost his temper entirely. His students were working on a collage project, and the classroom was full of ebullient cutting, gluing and painting. Not wanting to dampen the children’s creativity, Spencer had avoided overburdening them with [Read More...]

What Explains This?

Adjuncts outperform tenured professors in teaching evaluations. From Dan Berrett: Students learned more when their first in­struc­tor in a dis­ci­pline was not on the ten­ure track, as com­pared with those whose in­tro­duc­tory pro­fes­sor was tenured, ac­cord­ing to a new pa­per from Northwestern University. The paper, “Are Ten­ure-Track Professors Bet­ter Teachers?,” was re­leased on Mon­day by the National [Read More...]

Majors and Money

From NPR: What impact should numbers/realities like these have what major a student chooses? [Read more...]

Why More and More are Enrolling in DMin Programs

From Andy Rowell: 5 reasons why there are so many people doing D.Min. programs today 1. A Ph.D. is too painful and a D.Min. is just right. I think it is too expensive, long, and painful to get a Ph.D. for most people. The average time for a Duke Ph.D. in Religion is 5.8 years and that is one [Read More...]

Diane Ravitch, School Reform, and Changing Her Mind

From The Atlantic: The survival of the school-reform movement, as it’s known to champions and detractors alike, is no longer assured. Even a couple years ago, few would have predicted this turn of events for a crusade that began with the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983, gathered momentum as charter schools and Teach for America [Read More...]

Women, Doubling Down

From Sarah Green and Walter Frick: Wonks have zeroed in on a detail of last Friday’s lackluster jobs report and a recent report from the Urban Institute to discuss a notable data point: a small decline in the number of twentysomething women entering the workforce. Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas of the Washington Post write, “In particular, [labor [Read More...]

A New Kind of DMin — for you?

We are very excited about the interest and applicants to our new DMin at Northern that I will be directing. Here’s our announcement: Northern is excited to announce a new Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context. “The DMin in New Testament Context will give pastors the opportunity of a lifetime.  In my speaking and [Read More...]

The Shadow System in Education

From WSJ: Mr. Kim works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. His classes are recorded on video, and the Internet has turned them into commodities, available for purchase online at the rate of $4 an hour. He spends most of his week responding to [Read More...]

Yes, Spelling Matters

Yes, of course, we all have typos and sometimes we think we are spelling a word correctly when we aren’t, and sometimes the clever folks inside our computers and smartphones anticipate what we are about to write and change a word and now it just looks goofy. But… I make this contention: I know of [Read More...]