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Creativity Under Pressure

[In the fall of 2013, I completed a course on Coursera titled “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” presented by Drs. Jack V. Matson, Kathryn W. Jablokow, and Darrell Velegol at Pennsylvania State University. It was an excellent class. At the end, they invited the class (How many tens of thousands of us?) to submit short essays […]

Using Origami to Explain What I Do

This is interesting: Getting Crafty: Why Coders Should Try Quilting and Origami I’ve never done any quilting (I’ve a sister who’s excellent at that), but I’ve done origami since forever. In fact, origami was a way to explain to other people what I did for a living. I’d start with a 6” x 6” piece […]

From Gamification to Simulation: Enhancing the Transfer of Learning

Each year brings to the business world a new swarm of buzzwords. Many are last year’s buzzwords, humming the same tune at a different pitch, fighting to find new life in the buzzword-eat-buzzword business world. Others are new arrivals from beyond the information horizon. I caught one of the new ones in my net earlier […]

A Modest Proposal: 2.1

From the genius of David Burge comes an enhancement to my modest proposal for gently deflating the higher education bubble: In the name of Consumer Protection, recent college graduates should have the ability to return the diploma and not make any reference to receiving education from the college in exchange for a 100% refund of […]

Essential Graphics #1

The Lack of Insight Edition In 1949, John Gurden received the following biology report card from his professor at Eton College: “His other work has been equally bad, and several times he has been in trouble, because he will not listen, but will insist on doing his work in his own way.” He was 15, […]

Why We Do What We Do

A colleague of mine is of the opinion that “we won’t have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things simply because we can. Perhaps it is more like we won’t know we have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things because we can.” I counter with the opinion that […]

Textbook Disruption

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational and trade publisher in Boston, has entered the process for filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In an e-mail to employees, Linda K. Zecher, the president and chief executive of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, promised that day-to-day business would continue as usual, calling the reorganization “positive news.” A shift from “desperate” to “grim” […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences

Contaminated reusable grocery bag causes gastric illness outbreak A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls’ soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. The […]

A Modest Proposal: 2.0

Earlier I proposed the idea of repossessing credentials for students who default on student loans. This past week, an improvement to this proposal has come to light. The idea is described by  Michael Simkovi in an excellent Social Science Research Network paper titled “Risk Based Student Loans.” Without risk-based pricing of student loans, there may […]

What, More Gruel?!?

A question came up in conversation yesterday whether or not universities and colleges “should” provide a broad based liberal education and mandate certain courses. The libertarian (lower case “L”) part of my conscience hollered “No!” It implies students are incapable of determining their own futures and deciding for themselves what is of interest. Establishing class […]