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Ian Bogost exams the flipped classroom in The Atlantic
The Condensed Classroom A traditional classroom has readings before class, lectures during class, and assignments after class. A flipped classroom has lectures before class, assignments during class, and assessments after class. Flipped classroom supporters like to argue that traditional classrooms only provide first exposure to materials via lecture, but that claim assumes that nothing whatsoever happens before such classes, that students enter class blind. In reality, digging deeper than hearsay is a hallmark of university education. Classes in all disciplines ask students to engage with primary and secondary materials beforehand.  The flipped classroom abstracts these materials, overloading them into the lecture, which itself is usually shortened and condensed into modules less than 20 minutes in length. This condensed primary material then becomes fodder not for discourse or practice, but for evaluation.

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Take that, Millennials

Or, in Robert Browning's words: Grow old along with me!  The best is yet to be. . . .Laura Helmuth explains how old people allowed humanity to advance.  From Slate Magazine.

Evolution and social consequences of old age: Infant survival and elders.
Old people aren’t merely less bellicose and impulsive than young people. They’re also, as a group, wiser, happier, and more socially adept. They handle negative information better, have stronger relationships, and find better solutions to interpersonal conflicts than younger people do. Laura Carstensen of Stanford is one of the leading researchers in this field, and she says the fact that the population is getting older is “going to change every aspect of life as we know it, including education, politics, culture, and the nature of relationships.” That’s because older people “have greater knowledge, better emotional stability, and they care deeply about making a meaningful contribution.”  “If you could take everything desirable about gro…

In Sevierville

At the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. 

Sometimes we forget

Why we went into higher education in the first place.  Why we put up with constant accountability, bean counting, and measuring the horse instead of growing it.  It's because of students Mark Edmundsson says are living in, or who want to live in, a scholarly enclave.  Maybe you were even one of these students. From The Atlantic.
'Where Should I Go to College?' It's pretty simple, really. They are at school seeking knowledge so as to make the lives of other human beings better. They will not tell you this when you ask them about it in casual conversation. But it is true. They want to be teachers and scientists and soldiers and doctors and legal advocates for the poor. They want to contribute something to curing cancer; they want to make sure the classics of Roman literature don't die; they want to get people excited about the art of Picasso and maybe inspire people to make some (Picasso- inspired) art of their own; they want to be sure that when a foreign nation is …

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What STEM shortage?

Follow the money.  If STEM jobs were in high demand, salaries would be skyrocketing.  Or at least increasing.  That doesn't appear to be the case.  From Robert N. Charette, writing in IEEE Spectrum.
The STEM Crisis Is a Myth So is there a shortfall of STEM workers or isn’t there?  The Georgetown study estimates that nearly two-thirds of the STEM job openings in the United States, or about 180,000 jobs per year, will require bachelor’s degrees. Now, if you apply the Commerce Department’s definition of STEM to the NSF’s annual count of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees, that means about 252,000 STEM graduates emerged in 2009. So even if all the STEM openings were entry-level positions and even if only new STEM bachelor’s holders could compete for them, that still leaves 70,000 graduates unable to get a job in their chosen field.  Of course, the pool of U.S. STEM workers is much bigger than that: It includes new STEM master’s and Ph.D. graduates (in 2009, around 80,000 and 2…

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Oops, wrong Simpson.  This paradox is also known as the reversal paradox.  From Esther Inglis-Arkell, writing in io-9.
Simpson's Paradox "proves" smoking is good for you
How do you prove that smoking is beneficial to your health? By employing Simpson's Paradox, of course. This paradox shows that a large grouping of data can be worth much less than the sum of its parts.  If I were at a tobacco company, and I wanted to prove that smoking was good for you, I would only have to do two things. First, I would have to wrap my soul in a paper bag, throw it to the ground, and stomp on it. Next, I would have to look at a study done in the UK in the early 1970s.  The study was meant to study how a number of different factors affected people's health. Among other things, it took a look at smoking, and whether it has any health affects. In particular, it looks at women and their survival rates over the next twenty years. Amazingly, forty-three percent of the nonsmokers died, w…

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Today is

International Speak Like a Pirate Day.  Yes, international. Arrrggg.

Go here for more information: The Official Site for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Free higher education in Davidson County

This is part, I'm sure, of the Governor's Drive to 55, his initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans college-educated by 2025.  So why not cover the whole state? It might be a fine time to work for a community college or college of applied technology in Tennessee.  From The Tennessean.
Colleges expect to see growth with launch of nashvilleAchieves program Starting next fall, new high school graduates in Davidson County can learn to weld, work on a car or manage collision repair — without paying a penny in tuition — and make impressive salaries within a year of finishing high school.  “After an eight-week truck driving program, for example, program graduates can be earning upwards of $35,000,” said Mark Lenze, director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology on White Bridge Road.  Or, new high school graduates can attend neighboring Nashville State Community College for a two-year associate’s degree, tuition-free.  Both West Nashville schools are preparing for an influ…

God help me, I do love top ten lists

Nearly made it through the 50s. Sigh.

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Walking in Memphis

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November 13-15, 2013

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Cuba Libre

Hmmm.  I'll have to try one of these some day.  Maybe some day soon. Like, tommorrow. From Slate.
The Rum and Coke: How to improve upon the classic mediocre Caribbean-American highball. The rum and Coke is the West Indian equivalent of the gin and tonic—a highball symbolic of empire. Rum, a liquor essential to the geometry of the Atlantic slave trade, met Coke, the consummate quaff of American capitalism. (Think of Cocacolonization and Godard’s “Children of Marx and Coca-Cola.” Remember Andy Warhol’s silkscreens and his philosophy of soda-populism: “A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”)  Understand that the drink became broadly popular on these shores during World War II; with domestic distilleries aiding the war effort, rum consumption increased 400 percent, and with Coca-Cola exempt from sugar rationing, well, there you had it.  Consider, also, the story of “Rum and Coca-Cola,” a Trinidadian calypso son…

ETSU’s Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of classes and activities during the fall session beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, and ending Wednesday, Oct. 23. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants at a continental breakfast on Tuesday,Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, followed by a performance by student band members of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program. Most classes will be held at the Community Center.

The fall session provides a wide variety of opportunities to learn something new. ETSU’s Dr. Joseph Sobol will speak about the university’s graduate storytelling program, which he coordinates.  One day is devoted to fine arts photography, with sessions led by Jeffrey Stoner, whose goal is making photographs that capture …

Underestimating adult learners

Is a common problem, according to Shirley Daniels, writing in The Evolllution.

Five Biggest Misconceptions about Adult Students
Higher education administrators seem to have a number of misconceptions about adult students in their programs. As a non-traditional adult student, I have experienced treatment based on these misconceptions by both the administration and professors, which make me think the misconceptions start at the administrative level.  The common denominator across these misconceptions is administrators do not have enough confidence in non-traditional, adult students. They also do not give these students enough credit for how much they can bring over from successfully navigating life in both the personal and professional sectors that would translate into them working as amazing students. If they continue to fail to recognize that life is often harder than education, they will never recognize the full potential adult students bring to their institutions. It is so important …

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Regional public universities face challenges

Enrollment, funding, and competition all squeeze regional universities.  From Lynn O'Shaughnessy, writing in CBS MoneyWatch.
Many state universities face fiscal challenge Expenses are outpacing revenue growth at many public universities, an unsustainable trend, concludes a new report byMoody's Investors Service that focuses on the health of the nation's public universities.  During the 2012 fiscal year, revenue gains didn't surpass inflation at half of public universities, the credit rating agency found. Median revenue growth was 1.7 percent, while median expenses increased 3.3 percent.  As the Moody's report makes clear, there are winners and losers among these schools. The public flagship universities are better able to leverage their brand names and economies of scale to minimize their financial risks.Unlike most state universities, prestigious institutions such as the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of California-Berkeley and Uni…

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Professional Development to offer Buffalo Mountain Writers Workshop for Mystery Writers

East Tennessee State University's Office of Professional Development will present the Buffalo Mountain Writers Workshop for Mystery Writers on Friday, Sept. 20, from 6:30-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in room 101 of Rogers-Stout Hall. The program will focus on writing mystery fiction, including pieces for magazines and journals, as well as mystery novels.

The workshop features Molly MacRae, author of the recently released national bestseller "Dyeing Wishes." She is a long-time writer of mystery fiction who has published short stories in "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine" and four mystery novels. Her fifth book, scheduled for release in early 2014, is the third in her Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series published by Penguin Books.

"Last Wool and Testament," the first book in MacRae's Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal/Sci-Fi Novel, was named the "Suspense Magazine" Best of…

I expected more Baptists from Tennessee

From BuzzFeed.

End with a surprising fact

Some tips from Bruna Martinuzzi, writing in OPEN forum, on how to make your presentation memorable.
12 Ways To Nail Your Presentation In The Last 30 Seconds
Have you ever noticed that many speakers end their presentation the same way a car runs out of gas? As their last bit of fuel is used up, they sputter to an abrupt stop as though they just got tired of thinking.  No matter how good your presentation is, a lackluster ending will significantly detract from your ability to influence others. The conclusion of your speech is your last chance to hammer home the importance of your message. It's a lasting impression that listeners take away of you and, by extension, your company.  So how can you make listeners sit up and take notice as you bring your presentation to an end? One common way is to summarize your key points. Although some listeners are likely to tune out a summary because they've just heard what you said, provide a very brief recap, if it's warranted, but don't…

From today's Urban Dictionary

Bold Font Method: This is a form of studying where one skims through a text and simply memorizes/learns everything in bold or italicized.
Do you want to meet up cram for tomorrow's Ochem test?
Nah, I'm done studying.Really? You must be really organized to be able to study ahead of time.
Nah, I used the Bold Font Method...if it's bold I memorized it. >70% of every test is based off bold font in books.

VIrginia Tech

Is the closest to us on this list of best college campuses from Business Insider.
Best College Campuses
For most students, the college experience is not limited to their time in the classroom. Much of what a school has to offer can be found on its campus — from great libraries to standout career services to, simply, beautiful surroundings.  We looked at 11 campus-related categories from The Princeton Review's 2014 college rankings to determine which colleges offer the best campus experiences.  There was no discernible connection between the colleges that came out on top, as they represented everything from Ivy League universities to small liberal arts colleges to technical schools. Perhaps more telling of the list's diversity is that each one of our top five schools came from a different area of the country.  Our list does include half of the Ivy League schools and three of the five Claremont Colleges, including our top ranked school — Claremont McKenna College. Although Clare…

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The best places for business and careers

Des Moines (yes, Des Moines) is first on Forbes list.  Nashville is fifth. Atlanta is 22nd.
Des Moines Tops List Of The Best Places For Business And Careers #5Nashville, Tenn.
Metro population: 1,647,200
Gross Metro Product: $83 billion
Projected annual GMP growth: 3.4%
Business costs are cheap in the Music City at 20% below the national average, according to Moody's Analytics.

God help me, I do love top ten lists

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Website lists ETSU among top schools for pre-med programs

A website that ranks higher education programs has included East Tennessee State University on its list of the top 20 schools in the United States for students who plan to enter medical school.

The website ranks a wide array of degree programs at institutes of higher education, and one of those categories is “Top 20 Pre-Med Schools in America.” ETSU is on that list, and others include Cornell, Georgetown and Columbia universities.

Undergraduate students who plan to take the Medical College Admissions Test and apply to medical school often choose to major in basic science programs, such as biology and chemistry. At ETSU, undergraduates who plan to pursue medical school or other health-related disciplines can benefit from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement (MPA). The Office of MPA provides academic and personal advisement and access to professional school information and related workshops, as well as other resources to assist ETSU students in becoming competitive…

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