It’s been a busy week of blogging around here with the posts about the flipped calculus class. I’m taking a break from that series until next week, but in the meantime here are more items to read and discuss.
- If you read one thing from this list, read this article in which Evan Selinger and Andrew Phelps argue that colleges need to start acting like startup or face obsolescence. It’s a perplexing read. On the one hand, their thought that innovation is the correct lens through which to consider higher ed is compelling. On the other hand, I think their three pillars of startup-hood – density, shared resources, and nurturing communities – don’t always apply to successful colleges, and the focus on these has the flavor of someone from Silicon Valley telling higher ed how to act. I do think they are right that MOOCs have none of the ingredients that make higher ed or startups truly effective.
- At the University of Tennessee – Martin, there’s now a website that allows parents to check up on the grades, schedules, and attendance records of their kids. On the one hand, helicopter parenting. On the other hand, students can opt out, and giving parents the means of helping their kids isn’t the same thing as helicoptering.
- Is ‘graph theory’ the key to understanding Big Data? I think the answer is yes. But why the scare quotes in the title?
- The whole Bitcoin phenomenon was started by a mysterious mathematical paper written by “Satoshi Nakamoto”, which has been widely considered to be a pseudonym. But it turns out that the author of that paper has been identified, and it’s actually a person named Satoshi Nakamoto. And he doesn’t want anything to do with Bitcoin’s origin.
- Here’s a fair and balanced Slate article about the new Wolfram Language. This week I watched the video that Stephen Wolfram made, and I was left with more questions than answers.
- If you live in Dropbox like I do, you might appreciate these seven downloads and extensions to make Dropbox even more awesome.
Enjoy your weekend!