October 22 - October 29, 2017

Short(er), sweet, and full of thought-provoking pieces.  Each subject, this week, has articles that I find particularly compelling.

I try in this newsletter to collect opposing views, including voices that are critical of my own beliefs, and, whenever possible, I aim to juxtapose opposing views in the same issue so as to set up discussion between differing perspectives.  It's in that conflict that we find something more like truth.  If you encounter an article that strikes you as in need of a different angle--and you know of a good counter or have written a post somewhere--please take this invitation to send the article or post along.  I'm not able to include or feature everything, but will try whenever I can.

On that note... enjoy this week's issue!


Questioning Innovation And Change, And Who Defines The Narrative Educause
"We are certainly obsessed with "innovation" -- there's this rather nebulously defined yet insistent demand that we all somehow do more of it and sooner... We should question this myth of the speed of technological change and adoption (and by "myth" I don't mean "lie"; I mean "story that is unassailably true") if it's going to work us into a frenzy of bad decision-making... We have time -- when it comes to technological change -- to be thoughtful."

How Fact Checkers Evaluate Sources Differently Than Historians Stanford
"The fact checkers read laterally, meaning they would quick scan a website in question but then open a series of additional browser tabs, seeking context and perspective from other sites. In contrast... historians and students read vertically, meaning they would stay within the original website in question to evaluate its reliability."


"Why I Don't Grade": Reflections On Rubrics, Mastery, And More Jesse Stommel


2 Rules For Being Happy: Inner Locus Of Control, Sources Of Joy Medium

In Praise Of Consistency Medium


Software Designer Writers About "Designing For Human Memory" UX Planet


4 Needs For Having Good Ideas: Scale, Frequency, Engagement, Diversity HBR

A Professor Reflects On How To Be More Creative Inside Higher Ed


SNHU Offers Competency-Based Online Masters Program Campus Technology


"You've Probably Never Heard Of America's Most Popular Playwright" New Yorker

Paper Asks For "Decolonized Canon" And Readers Make A List Guardian


"4 Questions... To Promote A Culture Of Innovation" George Couros


6 Essential Strategies For Effective Teaching Guardian

Movement Makes Learning Easier, And Teaching More Effective Hechinger Report
"Gesture seems to lighten the load on our cognitive systems. Cook has shown, for instance, that if you ask people to do two things at once -- explain a math problem while remembering a sequence of letters -- they do a far better job if permitted to gesture while explaining. Research suggests that when we see and use gestures, we recruit more parts of the brain than when we use language alone, and we may activate more memory systems."


In Praise Of The Impersonal Essay Slate

Start A "Family Tree Of Reading" About How Your Family Reads Inside Higher Ed


Hedge Fund Head Describes Why "Average" Can Be Misleading LinkedIn


Now There Are 3D Printed Bridges Inhabitat

Honolulu Passes Law Banning Testing While Crossing The Street New York Times

Kids Everywhere Are Sleeping Less. Yes, Time Online Is Climbing Science Daily

Stephen Downes On The History Of The MOOC Stephen Downes

"Online Schooling: Who Is Harmed And Who Is Helped?" Brookings
"Overall, the body of research suggests that learning suffers with no face-to-face instruction. Students in blended courses appear to do about the same as those in fully face-to-face courses. If a blended course frees up teachers' time, that time can be transferred to additional courses, or to extra attention to students who are struggling."


A Homework-Free Weekend For HS Seniors In One District Washington Post