October 19 - October 26, 2014

Lots on character this week, across the many article categories, too.  Also:

The pair of articles in Higher Ed on Southern New Hampshire University offer a thought-provoking look at how a non-profit university (as opposed to for-profits, like Minerva, Kaplan, or Phoenix) is aggressively joining the online education space.  They seem to have teaching--instead of profit maximizing--at the forefront.  Clayton Christensen is on the board there.  It'll be interesting to see how this unfolds in the coming years.

Interested in science and character?  Don't miss the New York Review of Books article on the character traits that lead to scientific discovery.  

Want to foster innovation?  Isaac Asimov's letter to ARPA, to which he had been recruited, spells out the conditions for incubating creative group work.  His letter (from 1959) captures what is today seen as state of the art understanding.

Lastly, I found Craig Newmark's words on trust, integrity, and persistence to be a welcome reminder that people are good.



          Isaac Asimov on How to be Creative in a Group
          MIT Technology Review, 10/20/14
          "There must be ease, relaxation, and a general sense of permissiveness... If a single
           individual present is unsympathetic to the foolishness that would be bound to go
           on at such a session, the others would freeze.  The unsympathetic individual may be
           a gold mine of information, but the harm he does will more than compensate for
           that.  It seems necessary to me, then, that all people at a session be willing to sound
           foolish and listen to others sound foolish."

          How Science Is Made: Curiosity, Wonder, Ignorance, and Serendipity
          New York Review of Books, 10/23/14
          "How could the public be better educated about the nature of scientific inquiry?
           Three recent books... lay bare the provisionality of science and may, paradoxically,
           actually help us find a way to address rampant denialism.  Rather than focus single-
           mindedly on the technical aspects of science or the need to improve basic skills,
           they focus our attention on the psychology of science--the drives that inspire us to
           inquire into nature, and the limits that our minds necessarily impose on our


          In Case You Didn't Know, Kids Don't Use Voicemail
          New York Times, 6/3/14

          For Adolescents, Digital Interruption is the Norm.  Peace is a Novelty.
          Joel Is, 1/7/13


          CraigsList Founder on Trust, Integrity, and Persistence
          Brain Pickings, 10/21/14

          Curiosity Stimulates the Reward System in the Brain
          NPR, 10/24/14

          Is Age Itself Just Another Mindset?
          New York Times, 10/26/14


          Do Brain Training Games Actually Help?  Nothing Proven Yet.
          Stanford, 10/15/14

          Musicianship Correlated with Task Switching ("Multi-tasking")
          Pacific Standard, 10/23/14

          Can How You Walk Affect Your Mood?
          New York Magazine, 10/22/14


          A College Application Essay [Humor]
          New Yorker, 10/20/14


          NPR Collects 5 TED Talks on Creativity
          NPR, 10/3/14


          Edutopia Aggregates Resources for Digital Citizenship
          Edutopia, 10/20/14

          Design Is Emerging As An Essential Skill in the Marketplace
          Creativity Post, 10/21/14


          Diversity in Groups Leads to Better Decision-Making
          Scientific American, 9/16/14


          Data on Job Prospects for Arts Majors
          Hyperallergic, 10/20/14

          Data on Job Satisfaction for Arts Majors
          Pacific Standard, 10/17/14

          This Small New England University Has 37,000 Students Online...
          Slate, 1/2/14

          ...And It Is Dramatically Expanding Its Full Time Faculty
          Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/8/14


          On the Value of Reading Drama
          Slate, 10/9/10


          How and How Not to Build a Culture of Collaboration
          ID Reflections, 10/19/14

          How to Nurture Entrepreneurial Talent In Your School
          Gallup, 10/24/14

          Three Rules for Having (or Not Having) Meetings
          Quartz, 10/19/14

          Problem Solving School Issues Through a Game?
          KQED, 10/24/14


          On Being an Introverted Teacher
          New Teachers, 6/28/13


          Advocating for the Passive Voice
          Atlantic, 10/14/14


          EdSurge's Guide to Being a Connected Educator
          EdSurge, 10/22/14

          A Summary of the Strengths and Weaknesses of MOOCs
          Tony Bates, 10/19/14

          Open (Digital) Textbooks are Sometimes as Effective as Real Ones
          SagePub, 9/15/14


          Standing Desks Help Both Adults and Kids
          KQED, 10/21/14

          Why Everyone Needs a Workspace with Privacy
          Harvard Business Review, 10/22/14


          A History and Defense of the Blackboard
          Slate, 10/15/14