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September 09, 2013

Students All Need Internet Access At Home As Well As At School, Don't They?

The E-Rate Program has played a critical role in moving our nation's schools into the 21st century, and I wish it had substantially more funding. I am concerned, though, that the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines changes that will substantially reduce the effectiveness of this critical program.

January 07, 2013

Symbiotic Brands: Borrowing the Prestige of Stanford

The brands of both Udacity and Coursera, like many academic brands, are composed out of affiliations with many other academic brands. What else do you think of when you think of these companies? Above all, you probably think of Stanford University. The founders of both companies were Stanford professors, and, in the usual story, the foundational event was when Sebastian Thrun taught an online artificial intelligence course at Stanford that attracted 160,000 students, of whom 23,000 finished the course. In this version of the story, the MOOCs leaped into the world out of the brow of Stanford University, much as the goddess Athena leaped fully formed and armored from the forehead of her father Zeus. Another god had to split Zeus's skull open with an axe to facilitate the birth, but so far the rise of the MOOCs has not been particularly traumatic for Stanford. The spawning of Udacity and Coursera has enhanced Stanford's reputation for both pedagogical and technological innovation.

December 18, 2012

Meekerpalooza 2012: How shifts in Internet usage will transform the education landscape

Let's take a look at the many ways that Internet trends in 2012 (as defined by the great Mary Meeker) may affect the K-12 landscape.

December 14, 2012

Facilitating the Learning Experience

The results are in! As tuition rates rise through the roof, it turns out all that money is going to... rock climbing walls! What role should physical equipment and facilities play in education, both at the Higher Ed and K-12 level? How can we optimize these resources?

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