The Final Tuesday Teaching Talk (TTT) of Spring 2012

Tuesday Teaching Talk is a regular feature which, as the name implies, is an opportunity to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense that happens on, you guessed it, Tuesday. Hold on to your hats.  The CAST coordinators (yes there are 2 of us) are tasked with supplying TTTs to you.  Look for questions, videos, tips, etc.  Enjoy!

Though not the most animated speaker, what he has to say is very interesting.  This is a somewhat selfish post on my part given my admiration for Noam Chomsky.  It’s rather long and I don’t expect you to be able to watch this in its entirety this week.  But for a nice little snippet, fast forward to 1:20:30 for some interesting discussion about open courseware, online education  (and student engagement0) in general.  See you all Thursday at 4 at Emerald.

One Is an Accident, Two Is a Trend…

Just in case you thought it was just us…

Two of the most respected minds in the corporate and higher education realms Thursday addressed Harper’s board of trustees and educational foundation on how to go about improving the skills of America’s workers.

Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown, whose company’s world headquarters sit about a mile east of the Palatine campus, joined Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, for a panel discussion and what amounted to a brainstorming session.

“I’m a believer that the way we solve problems is local and neighbor up, not federal and macro down,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, we need to lock arms locally.”

The most effective way to do that, the pair agreed, is to create partnerships between employers and community colleges.

The rest is HERE.

More on Open Courses

I’ve posted info here about Open Education Resources being up and available on the Web as an interesting (and growing) force in higher education a couple of times in recent weeks (as here).

Now this. From the article:

Since 2006 — when the nonprofit started buying online courses, redesigning them, and providing them to its members — the number of higher ed institutions using course materials from the repository has grown from 10 to 200. While the majority of its content is aimed at middle- and high-school students, Lopez says that community and technical college patrons now make up about a third of its users.

The repository, which initially bought its courses from the University of California’s vault of preparatory courses, is also beginning to invest in developing its own courses with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Responding to requests from its members, it is currently building a four-course developmental math sequence, which is designed to assess the abilities of students in real time, and adapt when certain skills need reinforcing — a popular feature of some commercial e-learning programs aimed at a similar audience.

The rest is interesting, too, and not quite as evil sounding as that particlar section.