Once I started connecting and sharing with real people, I was hooked. Not only were these people brilliant educators, but they were great people that I connected with. I learned not about their philosophies and thoughts on education, but about their families, their likes, their interests, and who they were as people.
I wouldn't trade seeing my dad in this video for any handwritten card that he could have ever written. His humanness shows here and I am reminded of his loving, goofy, and caring heart even though he is not with us anymore.
The end-of-the-class-as-we-know-it claim is based in part on an analysis of students who took free online courses offered through edX, the online-learning nonprofit organization that MIT and Harvard each invested -million to kick-start.
But the professors on the MIT committee that drafted the report argue that the numbers show that larger percentages explored significant parts of courses, which may be all they wanted or needed. "This in many ways mirrors the preferences of students on campus," they wrote. "In a survey of students, approximately 40 percent of respondents report that they have taken MIT classes that they feel would benefit from modularization."
While modules may work online, professors involved with the report note that using a fragmentary approach is much more difficult in person. "The logistics of 10-minute lectures on a residential campus would be infeasible--the setup time and the time to walk between classrooms would be too great," says a committee report included as an appendix. "Similarly, it is difficult to take classes from different universities.
El antecedente en ese edificio, contó el portero, fue una serie de mensajes que aparecieron pegados en el ascensor. Pero ahora la ironía y los pases de factura pasaron a ser vía módem. "No busques mi Wi-Fi, limpiá lo que ensucia tu perro", fue uno de los que tomaron posición belicosa.
Not because they hold advanced degrees--to pay someone for merely holding a degree is naked credentialism; to believe you deserve more money because of your credential itself rather than what you do with it is to misunderstand the value of work--but because as a culture, we value the dissemination of knowledge more than the distribution of hamburgers. Or at least we say we do.
Even more interesting, at least to me, was what my fake followers did for me. My Klout score almost instantly shot up. I was not impressed by that until I realized that Microsoft's search engine, Bing, collaborates with Klout, so that a higher Klout score put me higher on Bing's search results. My completely fake numbers on one platform had a very real effect on a completely different service.
Over time, I also started seeing an increase in the number of my actual followers. This could be because Twitter started pushing out more notifications to its users. It could also be a factor of perceived credibility. When a stranger viewed my profile, my large number of followers made me look more credible.
After a few months, some of my fake followers began disappearing. But my total number of followers has continued to grow. In a way, what I did was effectively optimize my social media account. Perhaps acquiring that chunk of followers gave me enough of a bump to start feeding organic growth.