14 11 / 2013
"Thrun seems to enjoy this objection. He tells me he wasn’t arguing that Udacity’s current courses would replace a traditional education—only that it would augment it. “We’re not doing anything as rich and powerful as what a traditional liberal-arts education would offer you,” he says. He adds that the university system will most likely evolve to shorter-form courses that focus more on professional development. “The medium will change,” he says."
11 11 / 2013
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05 11 / 2013
"As I turned over letter after letter in the Dwight Foster Papers, and transcribed my way towards 1804, when I knew Peregrine died, I started to see his end approaching. He began to complain of intensely painful gallstones. He traveled and wrote less frequently, and his letters were increasingly concerned with squaring accounts, both financial and emotional. When the letters finally stopped, I felt surprisingly bereft. And yet I was also strangely relieved."
04 11 / 2013
There are a few trends that may prompt more institutions to expand their certificate offerings. First, institutions want to package their existing content in different ways to attract more students. Professionals are seeking less expensive ways to gain more specific knowledge. Employers may be increasingly receptive to credentials like certificates that demonstrate a targeted skill.
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14 10 / 2013
"So when Danielle decided that she could not afford to write for Biology Online for free at that point in time, she did so within a context of many of academia’s most pressing and vexing problems. If she is a whore for doing that then so are many of us doing the work we believe in without the assumed authority of being white and male. I am that kind of whore and trust me, if you think its hard out there for a pimp wait until you hear from a woman working the tracks."