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Talks on the Present and Future of Higher Education

On Tuesday, April 7, Jeffrey Selingo, former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education,  will deliver the inaugural Schmidt Family Educational Technology Lecture. Selingo’s lecture, “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education,” will be in Jacobs Believed In Me Auditorium, 134 Featheringill Hall, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. I first heard the “unbound” characterization of…

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , ,


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Slogging through technology for the sake of a project you are proud of

I recently attended SIGCSE 2015 (#SIGCSE2015, @SIGCSE_TS), the big (Special Interest Group on) Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference. Jerry Roth of Vanderbilt’s EECS department organized and participated in a panel on using materials and infrastructure from massive, open, online courses for “closed” on-campus courses. Jerry, together with two other colleagues, also helped me organize a…

Posted by on March 9, 2015 in News, , , , , , , ,


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Serializing an open, online course

I’m at the Coursera Partners conference Monday and Tuesday of this week, followed by SIGCSE the rest of the week. Its a week dedicated to thinking creatively about education, to writing about what I hear and imagine, and I am really looking forward to it. But much of my job is about this anyways —…

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in News, , , , , ,


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Lessons and Courses as Narrative

When I was an undergraduate taking the computer science data structures course at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Professor Standish planted a metaphor in my head that has never left. He referred to the “dance” of computation that happened inside every computer. When I inaugurated the data structures course, CS 201, at Vanderbilt in…

Posted by on February 23, 2015 in News, , , , , , , ,


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Boots-on-the-Ground Campus Instructors for Open Self-Paced Courses

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning, and a 20-year veteran of teaching databases. We are four weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course is finishing up the SQL mini-course from Professor Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules offered free through Stanford Online….

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in News, , , , , ,


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Open Online Exercises for a Flipped Class (in Database)

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning. We are three weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course is in the middle of the SQL mini-course from Professor Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules offered free through Stanford Online. Yesterday, I gave…

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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Overlays for Hybrid Cloud and Campus Courses

We are two weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course has finished with relational algebra material from Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules. For the non-Vanderbilt students (e.g., Vanderbilt alums, Vanderbilt staff, others), I’d given suggestions on the Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ groups (each named “Introduction to Database Learning Community”), for…

Posted by on January 16, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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30 years of teaching pays off sometimes!

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL), Faculty Director of Warren College, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Computer Engineering. This semester I am having students in my CS 265 Introduction to Database course work through Jennifer Widom’s open online mini-courses on database…

Posted by on January 12, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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Neat database design activity for anyone

One of yesterday’s exercises in my campus Introduction to Database course (CS 265) required we all first watch a 5 minute video by Hans Rosling on visualizing data, which I projected at the front of the room. Then I had students work in groups of four each to sketch the relational schema of a database…

Posted by on January 9, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , , , ,


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A Start at Characterizing Anytime MOOCs

My Vanderbilt database course, CS 265, started yesterday, and as a subset of its requirements, students work their way through Professor Jennifer Widom’s open, online course in database on the Stanford Online OPENedX platform. The online course is the interactive, multimedia “textbook” for CS 265. Two other activities may be unfolding as CS 265 proceeds….

Posted by on January 7, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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