Andrew Neuendorf

Andrew Neuendorf
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Do Androids Dream of Misplaced Modifiers? #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Apr 25, 2012
NPR reports that automated grading systems might be better than human teachers at identifying syntax, grammar, and punctuation errors on essays. Oh, and the computer is much faster, able to to grade 16,000 essays in 20 seconds. But here’s the rub. Surprise, surprise, the computer is generally fricking clueless about anything that really matters in [...] Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:51:56 +0000 [Comment]

What’s the Hardest Problem in Science? #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Apr 17, 2012
Surely it’s getting more students to major in science? Okay, that’s another topic. According to David Barash in the Chronicle of Higher Education, it’s the mind-body problem. That is, what is the relationship between the experience of subjective consciousness and the physical brain? To put it in terms more friendly to current scientific consensus, “How does [...] Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:22:46 +0000 [Comment]

Ray Kurzweil, Henry David Thoreau, and Obi Wan Kenonbi Walk into a Genius Bar…. #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Mar 23, 2012
Ray Kurzweil, Henry David Thoreau, and Obi Wan Kenonbi Walk into a Genius Bar. Ray Kurzweil says, “Can you help me with my iPhone? Siri keeps refusing to run for president.” Henry David Thoreau says, “I need to return this iPad. It is a pretty toy, not a tool. In fact, I am the tool. [...] Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:49:35 +0000 [Comment]

Google is Not God: We Need a New Philosophy for Education and Technology #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Mar 11, 2012
Google is not God, but the omnipresent search engine commands an unworldly level of trust from its followers. Consider a 2007 study by researchers at Cornell University and College of Charleston, aptly titled, "In Google We Trust." Students asked to research a topic on Google heavily favored search results with high rankings, regardless of quality [...] Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:16:20 +0000 [Comment]

The Web is the Message #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Feb 24, 2012
In class today I proposed a re-working of Mount Rushmore. Essentially, I suggested blasting Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt (with permission of course, and we’ll keep Lincoln for now) and replacing them with Emily Dickinson, Miles Davis, and Marshall McLuhan. I know McLuhan is Canadian, but America could use a little more Canada. And, anyway, Washington [...] Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:00:25 +0000 [Comment]

Student Senate Amends Attendance Policy #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Feb 21, 2012
The Student Senate hereby amends college attendance policy: 1) No more classes before 11:00 AM. The biological clocks of 18-23-year-olds is not suitable for morning classes. Also, holding class at these times violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment against crude and unuseful punishment. Additionally, the student council has ruled in favor of former Red Sox [...] Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:59:59 +0000 [Comment]

Five Syllogisms on Online Learning #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Feb 19, 2012
1. Student learning should be the priority of educators. 2. Online courses are environments created for student learning. 3. More online courses are created each year by educational institutions. 4. Student learning in online environments should be one priority of educators. 1. Learning can occur in any environment. 2. Learning can occur in online courses. [...] Sun, 19 Feb 2012 17:55:16 +0000 [Comment]

What’s So Good About the 21st Century? #Change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Jan 10, 2012
I’m tired of the 21st Century, and I’m ready to skip ahead to the 22nd. I’ll think we’ll have things figured out by then. The 21st Century is clearly a Dark Age; human intelligence and culture is in retreat. We’ve traded the life of the mind for the buzz of the hive. It is also [...] Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:29:22 +0000 [Comment]

Google Stoopid #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Jan 03, 2012
In his Week 15 overview, Howard Rheingold warns that we should not believe internet skeptics, such as Nicholas Carr, before “before empirical evidence corroborates them.” Having just finished Carr’s book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, I would invite everyone to check out “Chapter 7: The Juggler’s Brain,” which is filled [...] Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:00:07 +0000 [Comment]

If You’re Human, You’re a Slow Learner #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 15, 2011
Sometimes the Web can make a beautiful, serendipitous nexus. Whilst pursuing two seemingly separate lines of thought in two seemingly separate universes (integral philosophy on Beams and Struts and education theory on the Change MOOC) I discovered a connection that makes me a little less schizophrenic and a little more dialectic. Here’s my little self-absorbed tale of discovery: Jeremy Johnson commented on my Beams and Struts article [...] Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:33:21 +0000 [Comment]

How Do We Prepare Students for a Real World that Doesn’t Yet Exist? #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 14, 2011
I’ve previously written about my annoyance with the term “real world.” It really irks me like few things do. Perhaps I’m sensitive to being accused of not living there, despite the fact that each year I try to teach over 200 students how to write more effectively. Given that most work environments value good communication [...] Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:44:41 +0000 [Comment]

In Praise of Inauthentic Learning #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 13, 2011
There is nothing authentic about me. Not that I can tell. I climbed into a Bavarian stove once for an afternoon, and when I came out, wrote down the following: “I stink, therefore I’ll bathe.” It was my only insight, though one I share with James Baldwin’s Sonny, who smelled his own humanity in prison. [...] Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:25:04 +0000 [Comment]

If Joseph Campbell made a MOOC #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 12, 2011
I’ve written previously about MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) design and how it shouldn’t follow the traditional academic structure, not given the potential for a more chaotic, connectivist, or rhizomatic learning style. However, we can’t let our shoots and tubers grow wild forever. Spring is only one-quarter of the year. Let’s keep the chaos, sure, but [...] Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:38:02 +0000 [Comment]

Hey, Brain, Let’s Slow Down and Get to Know Each Other #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 11, 2011
Clark Quinn’s overview of Slow Learning is a lot more subversive than it appears, but I don’t mean subversive to traditional pedagogy. We tend to associate the word “subversive” with 1960′s radicalism, or as some kind of challenge to the puritan ethics of work and prudence. I sense, however, in Slow Learning a different kind [...] Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:33:28 +0000 [Comment]

Ditch the GPS; Get Lost Instead #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 05, 2011
In Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky points out that major changes to society often happen so quickly they don’t leave time for anyone to adjust. This results in chaos that traditional solutions can’t fix. In fact, tradition has been displaced. There is no plan for going forward, but no way to go back. Shirky’s main example is [...] Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:41:20 +0000 [Comment]

Classroom as Shire; MOOC as Middle Earth #change11
Andrew Neuendorf, Andrew Neuendorf, Dec 02, 2011
In his final Week 11 post (sorry, I’m navigating the Change MOOC a tad asynchronously) Jon Dron reflects on the challenges of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) structure: I’m not the first to observe that a big problem with connectivist-influenced MOOCs like this is that they are, well, chaotic and lacking in centre. People [...] Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:09:17 +0000 [Comment]

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