"Just as Ned Flanders likes Woody Allen movies except for âthat nervous fella thatâs always in them,â I like Michael Moore movies and kind of hate Michael Moore himself. "
"Solaren corporation has signed a deal with Pacific Gas & Electric to orbit a 200 megawatt solar power satellite by 2016. I mention this not because the news is amazing (it was inevitable, really) but because their plan gives me some nice numbers to plug into my Verne gun calculations. "
"I think most academics are less prepared or willing to talk about the cost/benefit side of these decisions. Thatâs partly because we often have restricted access to all the information needed to assess particular budgetary decisions, and so we aver having a strong opinion. Itâs partly because weâre anxious (properly) that the language of cost/benefit can easily be misused to vulgar or destructive ends, that it proposes a false equivalence between businesses and universities.
That said, in a small undergraduate college where teaching is the priority, hereâs a couple of basic cost/benefit principles about faculty work that seem to me to be very important."
Emmy says yes, and adds that you can't trust those dogs. Dogs who aren't her.
"A researcher at Ohio State University has developed a course on learning and motivation strategies that actually increases the odds that struggling first-year students will graduate.
Students in academic difficulty who took the "Learning and Motivation Strategies" course in their first quarter at Ohio State were about 45 percent more likely to graduate within six years than similar students who didn't take the class.
Average-ability students who took the course were also six times more likely to stay in college for a second year and had higher grade point averages than those who didn't take the class."
"Still using Twitter."
On the Ohio State thing...so students who are proactive and self motivated do better than those who aren't? Not saying its a bad idea (actually, its a wonderful idea, and hopefully not just available to 'at risk' students), just that these kind of things are hard to measure.
About the only thing they don't control is the tiny bit of "proactive" behavior needed to enroll in the class, which isn't much compared to what it takes to pass: writing over 20 assignments each week.
What is interesting to me about that OSU article is that this is not an example of a study of a pilot class where its success is dependent on a particular instructor. Our class of that type does not seem to have fared as well as its enrollment has expanded with many sections being taught by first-time adjuncts.
I'd be interested to see what grading tools they give the people looking at those 216,000 submissions!