Generations of teachers have built their classes around the course syllabus, a semester-long contract that spells out what each class meeting will focus on (readings, problem sets, case studies, experiments), and what the student has to turn in by a given date. But what does that way of thinking about the syllabus leave out—about our teaching and, more importantly, about our students’ learning? In Syllabus, William Germano and Kit Nicholls take a fresh look at this essential but almost invisible bureaucratic document and use it as a starting point for rethinking what students—and teachers—do. What if a teacher built a semester’s worth of teaching and learning backward—starting from what students need to learn to do by the end of the term, and only then selecting and arranging the material students need to study? Thinking through the lived moments of classroom engagement—what the authors call “coursetime”—becomes a way of striking a balance between improv and order.
ClipArt ETC: Free Educational Illustrations for Classroom Use Alphabets The Alphabets ClipArt collection offers 1,193 illustrations arranged in 43 galleries including decorative letters and numerals, complete alphabet sets, and several sign language systems. If you are looking… Fermi Estimates - LessWrong 2.0 Just before the Trinity test, Enrico Fermi decided he wanted a rough estimate of the blast's power before the diagnostic data came in. So he dropped some pieces of paper from his hand as the blast wave passed him, and used this to estimate that the blast was equivalent to 10 kilotons of TNT. His guess was remarkably accurate for having so little data: the true answer turned out to be 20 kilotons of TNT. Fermi had a knack for making roughly-accurate estimates with very little data, and therefore such an estimate is known today as a Fermi estimate. Why bother with Fermi estimates, if your estimates are likely to be off by a factor of 2 or even 10? Often, getting an estimate within a factor of 10 or 20 is enough to make a decision.
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New 'Vertically Integrated Projects' program gives students experiential learning opportunity at NYU A group of undergraduate engineering students at New York University is working with industry mentors, faculty members and each other to design a high-speed pod that could contribute to the future of travel. Some of their peers are designing a standalone system that will be able to turn used plastic bottles into 3D printing material. Others are exploring the potential for emerging technologies and their interactions with humans to contribute to innovative health care. These projects are among the first to be tackled by participants in NYU’s Vertically Integrated Projects program. The VIP Consortium includes two dozen universities in the U.S. and abroad, all bringing students, faculty members and industry professionals together to solve problems and, ultimately, have a societal impact. At NYU, the program is in its first year.
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To train future ed-tech leaders, higher ed needs new discipline, some say Does higher education need a brand-new discipline to train its next generation of ed-tech leaders, or should the work take place across disciplines in a reworked teaching and learning center? Those were some of the questions broached during a conference last Friday at Georgetown University to discuss how developments in the fields of ed tech, instructional design, learning analytics and higher education leadership are changing colleges -- and what colleges should do in response. One idea, which would touch on all of those topics, is a new kind of teaching and learning center. Over 150,000 Botanical Illustrations Enter the Public Domain “We need the tonic of wildness,” writes Henry David Thoreau in his 1854 classic Walden; or, Life in the Wood. “We can never get enough of nature.” Had he lived in our time, Thoreau would’ve been thrilled to know that the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the world’s largest open-access digital archive dedicated to the natural world, is now offering more than 150,000 high-resolution illustrations for copyright-free download. These public domain images belong to an archive of more than 55 million pages of literature about earth’s species of flora and fauna.
Georgia Tech plans next steps for online master's degree in computer science Georgia Institute of Technology is working on expansion plans for its affordable online master’s degree program in computer science, even though the program isn’t growing at the rate it first anticipated. “We will start another program,” Georgia Tech President G. P. Peterson said during a recent interview with Inside Higher Ed.
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