Books

  • William H. Graves: El Gran Reto de la Educación: Equidad | Logro Académico | Rendición de Cuentas
    This 2013 publication is a compilation of my major papers from 2005-2012 translated into the Spanish Language. I'm indebted to my colleague, Joaquin Huerta, for his effort and kindness in conceiving and completing this project on behalf of our clients and colleagues in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Larry Downes and Chunka Mui: Unleashing the Killer App

    Larry Downes and Chunka Mui: Unleashing the Killer App
    Economics Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase observed in the 1930s that that organizations were growing in size and, thus, becoming more bureaucratic, all because there was too much friction in externally acquiring the services and products necessary to the provision of an organization's core products and/or services. Downes and Mui make a persuasive case that the Internet changes that internally focused paradigm by removing the friction from external sourcing, thus enabling new "leaner, meaner" operational models in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Downes' and Mui's "killer app" is Thomas Friedman's set of "flattenting" forces. (*****)

  • Steven D. Levitt: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    Steven D. Levitt: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    Levitt asks interesting questions and uses statistical regression and his impressive habits of mind to answer them. I'd like to know what he might find if he asked why nonprofit higher education has not improved productivity in light of its major investments in information technology. (****)

  • Michael Treacy: The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market

    Michael Treacy: The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market
    Read this and then determine your institution's current "value discipline" -- and what it actually should be. Be honest! (*****)

  • Thomas L. Friedman: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

    Thomas L. Friedman: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
    This is must reading! Ask yourself how you would "flatten" higher education -- and your institution! (*****)

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October 25, 2005

Comments

As one of the professors quoted in the article, I have to object to your characterization of the article's thesis. I, at least, explicitly said in the piece that recording lectures was only the first step. Much more interesting and radical are things like: involving students in the production of audio content as part of the course; replacing lectures with activities designed to build learning communities; and encouraging students to take control of their own learning processes by modifying the audio files that I produce for them to react to.

I have put up a podcast of my thoughts on the subject here.

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