Education

Web Strategy Discussion Starter

What follows is the text of a document I prepared to start and shape discussion about the future of the university website at my former place of work. The PDF version is what I actually presented, though in both instances I’ve redacted three types of information: the name of the institution (many already know, but […] » about 1500 words

College Students Use, Love, Are Aware Of The Limitations Of Wikipedia

How Today’s College Students Use Wikipedia For Course-Related Research: Overall, college students use Wikipedia. But, they do so knowing its limitation. They use Wikipedia just as most of us do — because it is a quick way to get started and it has some, but not deep, credibility. 52% of respondents use Wikipedia frequently or […] » about 200 words

Christian Madrasas

From the March 2002 Newsletter of The North Texas Skeptics:

In the madrasa, the religious school, I watched and listened as the instructor related his view of the world to the students and the others present. Politics, personal relationships, nations, and the physical world were interpreted in the light of the speaker’s religious teachings. Hinduism and Buddhism were lumped together with that quaintly American religion called New Age. Pagan symbols invoke demons to do dirty work for cultists, and evolution is the root of much of this evil, the students were told. The speaker eventually got around to the Muslims. They, too, were worshipping a pagan god. Muslims! What kind of madrasa was this?

The author, John Blanton, apparently showed up for a special lecture by Richard Stepanek of the Alpha Omega Institute in Grand Junction, Colorado.

WiFi Is Critical To Academia, The WiFi Alliance Says

study sponsored by the WiFi alliance reveals the following:

WiFi and college choice

  • 90% of college students say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as classrooms and computers
  • 57% say they wouldn’t go to a college that doesn’t have free Wi-Fi
  • 79% say that without Wi-Fi access, college would be a lot harder
  • 60% agree that widely available Wi-Fi on campus is an indication that a school cares about its students

WiFi and where they use it

  • 55% have connected from coffee shops and restaurants
  • 47% from parks
  • 24% from in their cars

WiFi in the classroom

  • 55% have checked Facebook™ or MySpace™ and sent or received e-mail while using their laptop in class
  • 47% have sent instant messages to a friend during class
  • 44% used Wi-Fi to get a head start on an assignment before a class was finished

WiFi and linkbaiting statistics

  • If forced to choose, 48% would give up beer before giving up Wi-Fi

Survey methodology: “In conjunction with the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wakefield Research surveyed 501 U.S. college students in September 2008. The sampling variation in this survey is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.”

Michael Stephens Teaching on WordPress MU

Michael Stephens is now using WordPress MU to host his classes online, and that opening page is really sweet. It’s hardly the first time somebody’s used a blog to host course content, but I like where he’s going with it. We’re significantly expanding our use of WordPress at Plymouth, and using it to replace WebCT/Blackboard […] » about 300 words