• September 17, 2014

Episode 71: Moving From Anecdotes to Data

The Tech Therapy team talks with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, about using data to improve teaching and research (interview begins at 15:09). And in their first news-analysis segment, Jeff Young and Warren Arbogast discuss the iPad's potential for education. Click here to download this recording.

Each month The Chronicle's Tech Therapy podcast offers analysis and advice on what the latest gadgets and buzzwords mean for professors, administrators, and students. Join hosts Jeff Young, a Chronicle reporter, and Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant who works with colleges, for a lively discussion—as well as interviews with leading thinkers in technology.

Comments

1. scupterry - May 13, 2010 at 01:48 pm

Nice interview with Hrabowski.

2. catlkelley - May 14, 2010 at 08:59 am

Here is a little feedback which I hope is constructive about the podcast this week. Jeff, glad you're there and I hope this is a good experience for you.

I was a little disappointed with this episode as much of what I like about Tech Therapy wasn't there. I like to listen to the show on my commute home, and it's always been great as it approaches the issues I've been facing during my day in a low-stress, positive way. It's a good de-compression after a challenging day at work. I like that Warren always addresses issues in a thoughtful manner and takes his time, challenging the listener to think through issues - just like a "real" therapist.

This week, though, I found that the two hosts were talking over each other and talking very fast, and that "quasi-therapist" tone wasn't there. I found the conversation to be too much like conversations that I have to go through at work - frenetic, people are verbally stepping all over each other, there is a disrespect for boundaries, and there's no time to think.

So please, guys, slow down. Take your time and give us time to think. And for Pete's sake don't interrupt when somebody else is talking. I say this gently and with the hope that it is taken constructively - chronic interrptions are considered by therapists to be a form of verbal abuse. It's a controlling tactic, as it prevents the other person from completing a thought. I'm sure it isn't intended as aggressive, but it comes across that way.

Thanks for listening, and I look forward to the next episode.

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