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In Defense of Hand Washing: Lessons from Healthcare for College Teaching

(the title’s a play on the recent huge spate of articles “in defense of lecturing”) Healthcare in the 19th Century Imagine going to a hospital where few if any of the doctors have any professional training (they are essentially amateurs).

Posted in education, learning sciences, teaching

Horace’s Compromise and the Faculty-Student Non-Aggression Pact

Concerning the 1984 book Horace’s Compromise by Ted Sizer: “In it, he examined the fundamental compromise at the heart of allegedly successful American high schools. He suggested that the students agree to generally behave in exchange for the schools agreeing

Posted in education, teaching, theory

Fixing Calculus Courses

After doing midterm semester surveys and observations in several calculus courses, I compiled a list of suggested resources and strategies for improving student performance in calculus.  I also posted this to the POD list along with a little more background on

Posted in education, research, software, teaching, technology

190+ Educational Google+ Communities

In January I compiled a list of education related Google+ communities in this Google document.  I then added another 30 communities in May, bringing the list to over 80 Google+ communities now, which is copied below and ordered by their

Posted in community, edtech, education, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology

Two Courses That Made a Difference in Student Retention

Universities and colleges have a huge problem with retaining and graduating their students – particularly students in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math, where 60% drop out or transfer) and students at community colleges (55% never graduate).  But state colleges

Posted in education, learning sciences, research, teaching

Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions

Here are slides for a talk I’m giving to my university about issues to consider before offering MOOCs or accepting MOOCs for credit. Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions from Doug Holton I also participated in a webinar about MOOCs for

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What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?

In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX.  I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our

Posted in edtech, education, moocs, teaching, Uncategorized

New Books on Teaching, HTML5

I can’t really provide reviews for these books, I haven’t read most of them yet (they are just lying in my 10 year old amazon saved items queue), but I thought I’d share the list for future reference: Some new

Posted in edtech, education, embodiment, html5, teaching, technology, theory

Recent Course & Workshop Resources: HTML5, Drupal, Distance Education

Here are some web sites for courses I’m currently teaching or recently taught: Distance Education Tools – http://detools.wikispaces.com/ This site now has dozens of links of various tools and technologies you can use with online and blended learning Multimedia Development with

Posted in conferences, development, drupal, edtech, embodiment, teaching, technology

Does educational technology exist to make schools “hip” and placate taxpayers?

Larry Cuban argues that we only have new technologies in classrooms in order to placate (mostly non-parental) taxpayers and politicians, so that schools can seem “modern” and “with it.”  Computers and so forth are just there as a status symbol,

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Doug Holton

Doug Holton

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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