Experiments in Experiential Learning

Three projector screens showing three simultaneous Keynote presentations running on three laptops makes for one visually stimulating talk – not to mention a fascinating sneak peek into the future of teaching. On Friday, Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama gave a talk entitled “The Geography of Ginseng and the Strange Alchemy of Needs” under the aegis of the Reischauer…

Graduate Writing Fellows, Spring 2012

The American Geophysicists Union brought you a glossary of terms that mean one thing to scientists, and something entirely different to members of the general public. Tony Broh brought you a glossary of financial-aid terms that mean one thing to an institution and something else to students and their families. Now, the Bok Center’s Graduate…

Around the Web: New Frontiers

Several recent news stories focused attention on the closely interrelated issues, in higher education, of technological innovation, rising costs, academic elitism, and personal, individualized small-class instruction. Apple entered the digital textbook market (prompting some skepticism); President Obama addressed the cost of higher education in his State of the Union Address; MIT announced that it would…

Term Papers vs. Blog Posts: Are We Really Having This Argument?

The New York Times published a special section on “Education Life” today, which included a thought-provoking article by Matt Richtel on the increasingly common choice of blog posts as assignments in writing classes. Richtel quotes blog-friendly faculty like Professor Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University and Professor Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University, who argue that blog posts motivate…

Around the Web: New Year, New Semester

Happy New Year! With the start of a new semester comes the opportunity to tweak your teaching persona and to try a couple of new approaches. Faculty Focus reports the results of a survey in which students were asked to describe their ideal professor and their typical professor, and suggests one way to bridge the gap:…