Category Archives: Instruction

Educational experiments and the long view.

All this talk of educational innovation here at UW begs the question, what exactly are we innovating? I do think that higher education research and teaching, even with a  500+ year tradition of the small class college instruction, 150+ year … Continue reading

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Ex-Stanford professor: “Universities use methods developed a thousand years ago.”

The following interview appeared in German on today’s Spiegel Online.  It is reproduced here in English for the benefit of UW-Madison readers. – Ed. He was a professer at the elite private university Stanford.  But Sebastian Thrun, expert in artificial … Continue reading

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Huebsch: NPB “would bring a free-market approach to the university”

Just when we’re fretting about the apparent dismantling of academic freedom and shared governance at Florida State and other universities as these institutions openly sell their curricula to wealthy corporate donors,  Sara Goldrick-Rab over at Education Optimists tips us off … Continue reading

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Budget insanity: Are faculty telephones now luxuries?

My department in L&S, which isn’t large but nevertheless world-recognized for research and scholarship in its field, had a faculty meeting earlier this month to grapple with the assigned exercise of finding 8% that could plausibly be cut from our … Continue reading

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Parent (and UW professor) blasts high textbook prices

The following is a redacted version of an email dated 18 August 2010 sent by a UW-Madison faculty member who happens to have a daughter starting school this fall as a UW-Madison freshman.  In addition to being sent to both … Continue reading

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Reflections on the NY Times “engagement survey”.

The education supplement of the NY TIMES 1/3/10 included a report on the National Survey of Student Engagement in 1200 college and universities. The Times reported on about 100 (visit this page, scroll down and look for heading ‘Engagement’ in … Continue reading

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New collective bargaining agreement for TAs, PAs

We post here, unedited and without editorial comment, the complete text of an informational letter circulated by Letters & Sciences summarizing changes in the collective bargaining agreement for Teaching Assistants and Project Assistants, as signed recently by Governor Doyle.

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Textbooks and the Free Market

Whatever you think of the “magic of the free market”, there are a few situations in which it indisputably breaks down (or would break down) if left entirely to its own devices. Mail delivery to Gnome, Alaska. Medical care for … Continue reading

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