Big Data Requires Big Compassion

A friend reminded me of the site Spurious Correlations, which shows absurd “relationships” between data that couldn’t possibly be related– though it’s fun to think that it is. Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool correlates with Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in To me this illuminates …

A Teacher’s Guide to Equal Access in the Age of BYOD, Web 2.0, and Mobile Computing

Classroom Responses Systems (AKA “clickers”) offer teachers and students a way to make classroom lectures more interactive and engaging than lectures alone. Eric Mazur, Derek Bruff and others have pioneered ways to use classroom response clickers to promote Higher Order Thinking Skills and inquiry-based education within the standard lecture format. …

MOOCs Can Save Students, Not Just Dollars

Response to The Trouble with Online College, NY Times I think this article is right on the money about the challenges of online learning— namely that most students wash out and that there is not enough support for struggling learners. I’d like to propose some solutions. See– somewhere in the …