• Feb 10
    2014
    Social media in the office? Hmmph! So says the HR Director, with visions of employees chatting on Facebook to eight of their closest friends on company time. While social media is surely frowned upon for its capacity to impinge on employee productivity, there is a place for social media in the classroom. How’s that? Social media is a wonderful collaboration tool, and savvy instructors are hip to its merits. Here ...
  • Feb 03
    2014
    Semester after semester, the “Circuits and Electronics” course at MIT had a student failure rate of 40% or more. It had a reputation for being a hard course. Then the people at edX, the nonprofit joint online venture between MIT and Harvard, reworked it as a blended learning course, and the first time it was given – at San Jose State University in California – the failure rate was 9%. ...
  • Jan 27
    2014
    In his TED talk last November, Peter Doolittle, Professor of Educational Psychology, Virginia Tech, concluded some very entertaining remarks on working memory by saying, “What we process, we learn. If we’re not processing life, we’re not living it. Live life.” The literature of psychology offers up several models of working memory, and a considerable amount of research has been invested in it by psychologists and neuroscientists. But you don’t need ...
  • Dec 30
    2013
    Early in December, I wrote in this blog about a crisis in education: “In the U.S. since 2005, the number of introductory computer science courses offered in secondary schools has declined by 17 percent. The number of advanced placement computer science courses has declined by 33 percent.” According to the projections of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have an annual national deficit of about 70,000 bachelor’s degrees in ...
  • Dec 23
    2013
    CIOReview has named Logical Operations as one of its “20 Most Promising Education Technology Solution Providers of 2013” based on our dedication to innovation in information technology training. CIOReview had this to say about us: “Their professional training solutions are adaptable to the way in which today’s technology-savvy students learn. Whether learning takes place in the classroom or virtually – using laptops, tablets and smartphones to follow along, submit work ...
  • Nov 25
    2013
    I am continuing to monitor developments in BYOD because of their implication for online learning. So I was interested to see what appears to be the rise of the third phase in employer BYOD policies. In the first phase of BYOD policies, companies allowed employees to use their own smartphones and tablets for work and online learning under guidelines that were either overly simple and vague or nonexistent. Vague and ...
  • Oct 28
    2013
    Writer Karl Taro Greenfield’s article in The Atlantic last month got me thinking about blended learning. Greenfield describes his adventure of doing his daughter’s school homework for a week. The article’s title gives away its perspective: “My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me.” He puts in 3-5 hours each night on Algebra, Earth Sciences, and the Humanities and ends up protesting on a parents’ email list about it, whereupon he has ...
  • Oct 21
    2013
    Archaeologists have unearthed clay tablets with drawings on them that show how brick modules were to be used to construct ziggurats in Mesopotamia thousands of years before the Roman Empire. Ziggurats are among the oldest buildings in human history. They predated the pyramids of Egypt. It shouldn’t be surprising that Mesopotamians used building plans, but the discovery of these tablets serves as a reminder that the discipline of design is ...