Have you visited ABLConnect?

ABLConnect is an online active learning resource database. It was started in early 2012 by Assistant Professor Dustin Tingley and Ph.D. student Leslie Finger as part of the Program on Experience Based Learning that Tingley directs at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science here at Harvard. Tingley and Finger, both ex-high school teachers, are associated with the Department of Government…

The Science of Student Attention

What’s the secret to great teaching? Well, there isn’t one – if there was one magic wand you could just wave, we’d have told you already! But one place to start could be with keeping your students’ attention. A recent study sheds new light on this important issue – it’s awfully tough, after all, to…

Around the Web: Students or Consumers?

It’s an important question. After all, higher education students are spending increasing amounts of money, often building ever-higher mountains of debt in order to obtain a college degree, a qualification that is becoming more and more necessary to find a job, decent or otherwise. I recently walked past a clothing store that had a sign…

Around the Web – “Something of Autumn”

The streets of Cambridge are now lined with discarded sofas and desks. Every few yards, it seems, there is a temporary sign tied to a tree which prohibits parking and announces the arrival of a fleet of moving trucks. This massive population transfer can only mean one thing around here. Summer is drawing to a…

Around the Web: Summer Reading

Over the past two semesters, I have become quite accustomed to reading Odile’s Around the Web blog posts every Friday with suggested readings for the week. Unfortunately, the end of Odile’s position as a Departmental Teaching Fellow also brings the end of her time as an editor of the Bok Blog (which makes me incredibly sad!).…

A Tsunami?

Today’s guest post comes from Pamela Pollock, the Bok Center’s Instructional Specialist for International Teaching Fellows. What is the future for universities, given the shift to thinking more seriously about the potential for online learning? The creation of EdX and all this talk about flipped classrooms are just the beginning. Everyone is talking and speculating……

Around the Web: Best Of

Around the Web is going on summer break. As I reflect back on a year’s worth of stories, arguments, and ideas in education, there are a few that have really stayed with me. In no particular order, here they are: “In Which Tenured Radical Ponders The Twists of Fate That Can Mean Everything To An…

Around the Web: Time on Task

In the Washington Post last week, Daniel de Vise discussed new findings that the amount of time college students spend studying, reading or otherwise preparing for class is about 60% of what it used to be. Possible culprits include softer academic standards, increases in study efficiency thanks to technology, and more demands on students’ time…

Around the Web: Testing and Thinking

Last week there were a couple of stories in the news about how standardized testing can dovetail with curriculum development. This week, the College Board announced that David Coleman will be its new president and CEO. Coleman co-founded the non-profit that helped develop the Common Core standards, and the move demonstrates the College Board’s focus…