7 Must-Read Books on Education

Includes “The Element” by Ken Robinson, which RSA has animated here:  

via Alison Pendergast


MOOCs Fail Students With Dark Age Methods

The sudden rise of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has been a shock for many in the education industry – no more so than to programmers engaged in creating educational software.
The shock is that the methods used by these hugely successful courses are little changed from the dark ages.


Predictions for Educational TV in the 1930s

Interesting article in the Smithsonian about the use of television as an educational tool.

“In light of the current buzz surrounding flipped classrooms, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and video lecture-capture; this piece on Matt Novak’s excellent Paleofuture blog at Smithsonian.com, serves to remind us that educational TV/broadcasting; (now online video), is nothing new and perhaps offers us a clearer historical and academic context for evaluating the current use of video and broadcast technologies for learning.”


GSV (Investment) Report: “Fall of the Wall: Capital Flows to Education Innovation”

Investment perspective on the current interest in the education industry. Useful statistics.



Colleges Awakening to the Opportunities of Data Mining 

“And while not exactly matchmaking, Arizona State takes an interest in students’ social lives, too. Its Facebook app mines profiles to suggest friends. One classmate shares eight things in common with Ms. Allisone, who “likes” education, photography and tattoos. Researchers are even trying to figure out social ties based on anonymized data culled from swipes of ID cards around the Tempe campus.

This is college life, quantified.”


By Dr. Jesse Martin. And Tomorrow?

“Where are we going with all of the various challenges facing HE today.

When we are faced with a disruptive technology or a paradigm shift, as we are today in HE, Christensen has shown us that it is difficult for established institutions to adapt to the changes, and many of them fail as a result. I think that the magnitude of the changes facing education are societal rather than institutional.

If you think about the buy-in that our society has for the factory model of education, virtually everyone (at least 99%), at every level, knows how a good HE educational experience is defined. Although presented from a students perspective below, this model is expected by students, parents, employers, lecturers, educational managers, and educational administers. Politicians espouse the importance of student contact time (along with everyone else), and are always in the front for a photo-op when the newest 30,000 seat lecture theatre is opened and the latest technology is showcased (a better way to amplify your voice, and a bigger projector for your powerpoint).”

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