Economist Stephen T. Dubner, author of Freakonomics, joins William Niskanen, president of the Committee for Economic Development and economist Simon Johnson, to discuss the amazing revolutions in education in the digital age.
Tabarrok Why Online Learning Works
An opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge of subjects in which they’re not strong.
(See the Amazon Prime video education series, Think Fast. It covers all of the above as well as much more.)
Based in The Rise of the Digital Classroom, the book I co-wrote with Larry Bartels, this book describes the new (and transforming) landscape for higher education.
I was fortunate to attend one of Stanford University’s two Civil War reenactment camps on a Sunday in June. It was here that I had an opportunity to observe the underlying technologies behind learning, technology that brings modern people and fresh thinking to timeless subjects.
First, this was a camp of 19th century soldiers—freely moving about the camp grounds.
Second, here is the reenactment camp site: a rusted display with turrets on top of it.
Third, while everyone was watching the reenactment there was a webcast of the camp performances from the digital equipment used to take this live “performance” digital.
I’ve seen some websites that I think need extensive searching, but these sites did not require much work on my part because they had a list of texts, descriptions, and even videos from which I could read and I could learn without having to make notes or do much typing.
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Then came the important stuff: an informal, with-just-a-few-classroom-pets “after the reading, chit-chat, presentation, explanation, observation, and, once again, discussion and making-of post-announcement.”
The lecture consisted of showing me excerpts from a long history of Wartime Reenactments (1818–1880) and, in the introduction, which explained what a reenactment is. It didn’t take a lot of work to read all of it.
“We, living now, are subjects of the War,” said President Washington in an Address on September 29, 1789, re-enacting the Battle of Lexington at gunpoint. “For that is what the entire History of the War is…Many Generations have participated, in that History, and we now belong to the last and last generations of the present.”
Thanks to Jeff McCants and the rest of the co-authors, I now know that my being at this reenactment was no disappointment. The books and text had prepared me to be at the reenactment. It was just a matter of making sure I stayed within the text and the specific project as I had and made connections.