Category Archives: Educational Pattern Languages

Pearson, Efficacy, and Research

A while back, I mentioned that MindWires, the consulting company that Phil and I run, had been hired by Pearson in response to a post I wrote a while back expressing concerns about the possibility of the company trying to … Continue reading

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Why Big Data (Mostly) Can’t Help Improve Teaching

Here’s a nifty video summary of a doctoral dissertation by Derek Muller that a client pointed out to me: The basic gist is that students have pre-conceived notions that are wrong, and it is very hard to dislodge those mistaken … Continue reading

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Where xMOOCs and Adaptive Analytics Both Fail (For Now)

No, this isn’t just an attempt to cram as many sexy keywords into one post title as possible. xMOOCs and adaptive analytics share an ambition: They both are at least partially motivated by a desire to teach at scale. With … Continue reading

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Open Secret: Pittsburgh’s Ed Tech Revolution

Generally when we talk about goals for educational technology, we talk about one of two things: improving access or improving effectiveness. Rarely do we get an opportunity to talk credibly about an innovation that can move both of those needles … Continue reading

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Going Meta on Khan

The wonderful Dan Meyers points to this delightful Mystery Science Theater 3000 homage by John Golden and David Coffey as they critique one of Sal Khan’s math videos. Here’s the video: Everybody enjoys a good snarkfest, and these guys are … Continue reading

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