Shaking It Up, Part 3 — A Conversation with John Sener, Author of ‘The Seven Futures of American Education’

By Judith McDaniel Editor, Web-based Course Design [Note: This is the last in a three-part series by Judith McDaniel. Read part 1 and part 2. – Editor] If we define learning as content delivery, much that we now “know” about education follows from that premise. Freire calls it the “banking” method of education where the […]

Shaking It Up, Part 2 — A Conversation with John Sener, Author of ‘The Seven Futures of American Education’

By Judith McDaniel Editor, Web-based Course Design [Note: This is the second in a three-part series by Judith McDaniel. Read part 1 and part 3. – Editor] I asked Sener, “How can we improve education, using all of the knowledge and resources available to us?” In Seven Futures, he provides data indicating “that at least […]

Shaking It Up, Part 1 — A Conversation with John Sener, Author of ‘The Seven Futures of American Education’

By Judith McDaniel Editor, Web-based Course Design [Note: This is the first in a three-part series by Judith McDaniel. Read part 2 and part 3. – Editor] So much about John Sener’s new book, The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning and Teaching in a Screen-Captured World (CreateSpace, 21 March 2012), strikes me as […]

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PISA Days Are Here Again (Part 3): Beyond An Emotional Appeal

By John Sener [Note: This is the last in a three-part series, “PISA Days Are Here Again.” See parts 1 and 2.] Given that education has become such a critical element of national success, well-being, and identity, you’d think that the discussion about US students’ performance on the latest round of PISA international test scores […]

PISA Days Are Here Again (Part 2): Time for a New Song?

By John Sener [Note: This is the second in a three-part series, “PISA Days Are Here Again.” See part 1 and 3.] The latest round of national self-flagellation generated by the recent announcement of the latest round of PISA international test scores (and neatly packaged by the US Department of Education as “PISA Day”1) has […]

PISA Days Are Here Again…

By John Sener [Note: This is the first in a three-part series, “PISA Days Are Here Again.” See part 2 and 3.] I’ve already written about comparative achievement tests.1 Now that “PISA Days” are here again, thus begins another round of national self-flagellation about the supposedly sorry state of American education based on dubious interpretations […]

A Quality Check on the NCTQ ‘Teacher Prep Review’

By John Sener Lyndsey Layton’s article1 on the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review2 actually has a new message: How to use rankings to bash teacher training programs. And the larger message is: As a society, Americans still really don’t know how to value education. Is there lots of room for improvement? Sure. But tellingly, the article […]

Temple’s TECH: A Learning Center That’s a Form of Social Media

By John Sener Recently, my colleague and Assistant Vice Provost Dominique Kliger invited me to Temple University to give a talk about my book. After the presentation, Dominique offered to take me on a tour of Temple’s TECH center. I readily accepted, but to be honest, I was prepared to be underwhelmed in a “been […]

‘Academically Adrift’ Redux: The Memes Have Spoken

By John Sener As everyone knows, college has become less demanding, students don’t learn much in college, and students spend much less time studying in college than they used to. At least that’s what most everyone thinks they know — thanks to the unfortunate residue of the study Academically Adrift, whose legacy has endured long […]

Sloan-C’s Definition of ‘Online Course’ May Be Out of Sync with Reality

By Jim Shimabukuro Editor Hailed by U.S. News & World Report as the “industry standard definition of what constitutes an online course” (Brooks 1.9.12), The Sloan Consortium’s nearly decade old “at least 80 percent” rubric was the basis for selecting education programs for its 2012 rankings. Here’s the rule, which has remained unchanged since the […]

UnCollege — a Bold New Approach to One’s Education?

By John Sener (Author’s note: this article is an adaptation of a recent blog piece on my web site.) Is “UnCollege” a bold new approach to one’s education? A colleague recently told me about the UnCollege web site and the related manifesto. I’ll take a closer look later, but my first reaction is: been there, done […]

Education Ain’t Broken, So Stop Trying to ‘Fix’ It

By John Sener [Author’s note:  this article elaborates on an idea described in a previous article.] Anyone who truly believes the common wisdom that our education system is “broken,” “failing,” and needs “fixing” should try answering these questions: When did it break? Who broke it? Was it working just fine before that? What did it look like […]

The Web As a Platform for Teacher Revitalization

By Jim Shimabukuro Editor In her comment (5.2.11) on John Sener’s “Fighting the High Cost of Low Teacher Respect” (5.2.11), Bonnie Bracey Sutton makes a few points that got my attention. The first is: “The Internet sort of gets rid of a layer of supervisors.” Supervision is a problem that teachers rarely if ever broach […]

Fighting the High Cost of Low Teacher Respect

By John Sener [Note: On May 1, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, ETCJ editor on policy issues, posted a link to Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari’s NY Times op-ed, “The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries” (April 30), in the journal’s private listserv for possible discussion. On May 2, John Sener, ETCJ writer, posted a version […]

Standardized Tests and Foul Shooting: Look Out, Michael Jordan!

By John Sener Upon further consideration, I’ve decided to join the crowd and embrace the common wisdom about PISA, SAT, and other standardized test results. What changed my mind was when I realized how awesomely powerful the principles that drive the acceptance of these results really are. You see, simply by applying them, I can […]

The Value of Curriculum Cores

By John Sener My previous article described my struggle to decide whether or not we really need a core curriculum. While writing that post, I had an interesting discussion with a colleague about how colleges and universities offering cybersecurity education are struggling to deal with the proliferation of multiple standards such as CNSS, DoD 8570, […]

Do We Really Need a Core Curriculum?

By John Sener I am struggling to settle on an answer, to be honest – you might say I’m lacking a certain “esprit de core” in terms of being an advocate for a core curriculum. It’s pretty clear that I am not the only one struggling with this issue. In “Eight Ways to Get Higher […]

How to Blame the Teachers: A Manifesto of Nonsense

By John Sener I’m glad that the recent Washington Post article, “How to Fix Our Schools: A Manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and Other Education Leaders” (10.10.10), was written since it captures current thinking about schools which has been bothering me for a long time: if schools need “fixing,” when did they break? Who […]

Prensky’s Solutions for Public Schools Are Woefully Simplistic

By John Sener [Note: This article was first posted as a comment (9.7.10) on Marc Prensky‘s “Simple Changes in Current Practices May Save Our Schools” (7.12.10). It also refers to Steve Eskow‘s comment (9.6.10) on the article. -js] Sorry, but I do not share others’ enthusiasm for Prensky’s approach. The idea to distribute 55 million […]

‘Solar Impulse’ – Could Very Well Be Educational

By John Sener [Note: This article is a response to Harry Keller and John Adsit‘s articles in Flight of the ‘Solar Impulse’ – Educationally Relevant? All were prompted by Claude Almansi‘s Online in RealTime announcement. -js] OK, this takes the discussion even further away from its original topic, but I found myself fascinated by several […]

Flight of the ‘Solar Impulse’ – Educationally Relevant?

[Note: This post contains two articles, by Harry Keller and John Adsit, that were written in response to the Online Live in RealTime article by Claude Almansi. Also see John Sener‘s response to this article. -js] By Harry Keller Editor, Science Education The flight of the Solar Impulse is truly a technological tour de force. […]

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Universities?

On June 8, Harry Keller shared Philip E. Auerswald’s article, “First Newspapers, Now Universities: It’s Transformation Time” (Washington Post, 8 June 2010), with the ETCJ staff. As a result, Harry and two other ETC writers, Judith McDaniel and John Sener, submitted articles responding to Auerswald: Harry Keller, “Universities Vanishing?” Judith McDaniel, “View from an Online […]

Chill Out at a Tailgating Party

By John Sener I’m tempted to say “see my previous commentary on this topic” — this article (Philip E. Auerswald’s “First Newspapers, Now Universities: It’s Transformation Time,” Washington Post, 8 June 2010) is similarly annoying. But I’m beginning to wonder whether it’s the form or the substance which is annoying, or both. (I think it’s […]