Around the Web: Access, Open and Closed

This week’s big news in technology and education was Blackboard’s announcement that it is acquiring Moodle, and that Moodle’s platform will remain open-source. (Inside Higher Ed offers a thorough breakdown of what the announcement means; another article suggests that Blackboard may have switched focus because the real value for LMS services lies in the data they…

Around the Web: Best Practices

The White House recently called on the nation’s universities to produce more science graduates by adopting better teaching techniques. But which teaching techniques are most effective? A new study shows that learner-centered courses, taken early in a college career, can prime students to get more out of traditional lecture courses. Tomorrow’s Professor shares Jason N.…

Around the Web: Online Learning

In the news this week: the “flipped” classroom, in which the homework assignment is to watch a video of a lecture, and students spend class time working through the kinds of exercises  that normally constitute “homework,” with their peers and their teacher available to help. The flipped classroom raises questions about the value of, and…

Around the Web: Complexity in (and out) of the Classroom

This week, a few thoughts about classroom complexity and positive ways to handle it. For one thing, it’s important that the students themselves play a major role in addressing complexity. A select group of Montgomery Public School 5th graders are participating in a wildly successful peer mediation program. In L.A., middleschoolers addressed the issue of cyberbullying…