In the beginning there was grad school. That ended in 2010. Now what do I blog about?


February 27, 2009

Multigenrational Learning (and teaching)

Because I work in a multi-generations institution, the issues related to finding the best methods ot deliver training and understanding those who deliver the training (i.e. senior faculty) are always on my mind.

Thanks to Janet Clarey at Brandon Hall for another great SlideShare.

February 14, 2009

Killing Creativity in Education

This video was shared by a classmate in my LBS course.

I love what he says about educational systems being designed to provide training for people to work during the industrial revolution. How schools and educational programs were designed to prepare people for higher education. How we have placed no value in creative arts for no reason and therefore dissuaded people from pursing creative things that make them happy and that they may be good at.

Our society places a great deal of value on young people who can run and jump and catch balls on a playing field or in a stadium, but little value on young people who move their bodies to music in dance.

We see promise in young people who can stand in front of a room and make a speech and little value on young people who sit quietly and write stories in journals and diaries.

We applaud the young person who sketches the blueprints for a high rise office building but ignore a young person who draws and paints in an art studio.

If we could recognize and teach to student strengths and talents and interests instead of teaching them to further the interests of the industrialized nation, perhaps overall our society would be more advanced on more levels than we currently are.

February 07, 2009

Are all subjects equally suitable for the web?

A woman in my class asked this question, in relation to a discussion on web research: Are all subjects equally suitable for the web? She was searching for information on Quaker education and wasn't satisfied with her search results.

Excellent question. And I think the answer is yes.

The internet began as a searchable and accessible database for a small group of researchers. It expanded to what it is today because a million different interests can be served by it. Considering the number of internet contributors today, the variety of resources on any topic goes beyond anything we could imagine.

On a subject such as Quaker education, speaking with a subject matter expert would be great. But you may not have access to one, or perhaps you have but you'd like to find a contradictory viewpoint for comparison. Audio and video interviews on the web give you such resources. If you still haven't found what you are looking for, you could search the web and identify interview candidates from around the globe, even carry out that interview with a web based tool such as Skype or DimDim.

Google Scholar gives you access to published, peer-reviewed articles from around the globe. Shopping web sites give you access to books you won't find at the library. News aggregators provide lists of subject-related news articles. Chat rooms give you an opportunity to speak with others interested in your topic.

My answer is a clear, resounding yes. And I love your question. What a great lead-in to a conversation about research, marketing, publishing, instructional design, e-commerce, and e-learning.