Saturday, June 26, 2010
The past few weeks have seen plenty of noise regarding for-profit higher education. It seems that at least a few of us are coming to understand that public money in the form of student loans and grants is at stake. Also at stake is U.S. competitiveness and the the integrity of a U.S. industry that is envy of the world: higher education.
Sadly, this issue will probably wash over into traditional higher education. I believe that in 10-20 years we will have state-level or federal-level (or both) certification of academic programs at all post-secondary institutions. I think certification of faculty will be part of that possible future. These efforts are well-intentioned but are also driven by a form of dangerous consumerism that tries to make education into a product like a hamburger or a form of infotainment.
Check out the latest dialog at insiderhighered.com and at The Chronicle of Higher Education online.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Funny how much the world has changed since my last post here. I continue to enjoy following Google's quest to compete with Apple Inc. (i.e. the Android versus the iphone). The NYT Online Technology section continues to chronicle the development of two "next big things": 1) the "Internet of Things" and 2) augmented reality. Of course cloud computing is getting significant "buzz."
I'm gearing up to teach a course on Google Inc this January and then it is back to Spring Semester. Over the holidays I intend to watch plenty of Turner Classic Movies and the MLB Channel. All of that and course preps.
Well that is about all of my drivel to share in this blog no one ever reads...LOL. But this is a journey not a destination. The experience of authoring this blog makes me appreciate bloggers who have weekly or even daily output.
Classic movie fans should check out the Movie Morlock at TCM.com. I am part of the TCM community and have even started a few threads of my own.