Higher Education?

“It’s like higher education has discovered the megachurch”  

It's fascinating to watch higher education go through some of the same dilemmas that content publishers (of all sorts of content - from the written word to music) have endured.

A great article on the topic.

Will the Amhersts of the education world be like the indie magazines? What will all this do to higher education marketing? Will the drop out rates for MOOCs turn into pressure to be entertaining? Will this affect the content conveyed? Will teachers then become the next rockstars (ala Korea)? And if so, how will the effective be distinguished from the entertaining?

And what is education anyway? Does education imply learning? Or rather a facility with learned skills?

How to Learn

We've always been responsible for our own learning, but these days it seems we're doing more of it on our own. Here are some tips for learning.

1. Get out of your comfort zone; the harder we have to work to learn something, the less likely we are to forget it

2. Don't just write notes when listening to a lecture or reading; recall the information and comment or paraphrase

3. Test yourself; by testing yourself you not only test what you learn but make the information easier to remember

4. If you study something twice, the longer you wait between study sessions the better your recall

5. Switch up where you study

6. Study across concepts - go back and forth between concepts you are trying to learning as opposed to one at a time

Are You a Scanner?

If you look at my resume it might seem like I've lacked direction or that I can't keep a job! I've held positions in investment banking, corporate law, venture capital, private equity and online advertising. I've done a lot. So why haven't I settled on a single career? Well, first, long gone are the days of doing one career for the rest of one's life. In fact, where it used to be that you'd have five employers before you retired. Today, according to Dr. Carl Schramm with The Kauffman Foundation, a college graduate will have eight employers before they turn 30.

When I look back there has been a single career thread: my desire to learn.

Thanks to a tip from a friend, I discovered Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher and learned there is nothing wrong with that.

Having trouble settling on one career? Envious of those folks who knew what they wanted to be at birth? Check out the book. You may just learn the way you've been going about it is the right way.


iOS is the operating system for Apple's iPhone, Touch and iPad (that name still makes me cringe). Want to learn how to build apps for these devices? Take a class. Udemy offers a straight-forward one.

iPhone app development is also now offered to high school students! MakeGamesWith.us offers an online tutorial for those with some object-oriented programming skills (found in many AP computer science classes). The site teaches Objective-C.

Note: a Mac is required.