Content Delivery Isn’t Instruction but it’s Still Important to Do Well

I religiously read Audrey Watters’ Hack Education blog, often finding that I agree with her in principle and then disagree about the details of how to put a plan into action. Content Delivery is one of those disagreements– she rightly cautions us not to replace boring in-person lectures with videos …

Managing Project-Based Learning in Trello: A Case Study

This is a reflection on the process for using Trello in Project-Based Learning that will hopefully help you decide if Trello is right for your projects. I have written before how much I like using Trello for personal task management and for organizing small work groups– it’s been my personal to-do …

Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs Part II: Supporting Educators to Support Students

In the previous post, Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs, I discuss the value proposition of traditional universities, and how those values are changing as massive, free online courses gain traction in higher education. This post will examine our traditional assumption that classrooms are made up of one teacher …

Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs: How Service-Oriented Schools can Add Value in the Online Learning Boom

This past year has brought a massive amount of attention to Massive Open Online Courses, and much speculation about what they mean for traditional institutions of learning. The education and technology blogosphere have been breathlessly predicting the end of the world for traditional, brick-and-mortar universities and colleges as elite institutions …

Picture Yourself: A Mobile App for College Readiness

Update: Just had an amazing pitch meeting with the University of California’s Office of the President, and they agreed to move my mobile app Picture Yourself in College into production! Details are sketchy at this point, but the app may be used to reach out to underserved middle- and high school …

An Open Letter to the US Copyright Office in Defense of Jailbreaking

Dear Copyright Office—   I would like to register my support for the practice of jailbreaking of smartphones, tablets, and game systems on the principle that these devices are fully-functional computers and should not have their functionality crippled to promote monopolistic business practices by their manufacturers. I believe that “jailbreaking”– …