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Steve Ehrmann
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Researcher, author, evaluator, helper-of-friends
Researcher, author, evaluator, helper-of-friends

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"Flipped Classrooms" versus "Blended Courses" versus "Hybrid Courses"
Many faculty and staff take“flipping the classroom” to mean that they should make recordings of  lectures, assign them as homework, and use the vacated lecture time to more interactive work in the classroom.   Will that work? What if students aren't investi...

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Barrier assumptions
While working on my book on academic transformation, I've been looking back over a 40-year career engaged with innovation.  The news isn't all bad.  Islands of improvement have multiplied and some have grown to be quite large, even though great swaths of ac...

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What is "academic transformation?" (no, really...)
I need your help. Like some others, I define "academic transformation" as making  gains in selected facets of access, quality and affordability in higher education.  Access : How many people can learn? what kinds of people can learn? Quality : What are the ...

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Make It Stick (Brown et al) reports on how recent decades of research into learning suggest that what feels right may in fact produce only the illusion of learning.  In this post, I summarize a few key points and some relevant studies.

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When it comes to teaching and learning, instincts and immediate experience are b misleading
People's experience makes one thing plain: explaining something clearly so that others can understand the point quickly is an effective, efficient way to teach.  And reviewing material, or practicing the same skills, repeatedly until they seem locked in is ...

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Confusors - Separated by a Common Language
When people don't realize they're using the same word or phrase to mean different things, the result can be an unnecessary argument. Each of these linguistic traps is a "confusor." "Teaching," "learning," "assessment," "campus," "liberal education," "gene...

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Another crack at liberal education, jobs, democracy etc -NOT FOR PUBLICATION
Should we organize higher education for: Educating people for the high-paying job they had in mind when enrolling college? Educating them to have a chance for an employment and personal future they hadn't even dreamed of when entering college? Educating the...

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What is Liberal Learning? (No, really...)
This is the third in a series of posts about my own deepening understanding of liberal learning.   The first summarized a talk by Michael Roth on the values of liberal education and the second speculated about why it had taken me so long to learn to see the...

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Second in a series of posts on what I've learned about the goals of college/university learning.  This is a re-post of a 2006 essay about how long it took me to learn that the Equation of Simple Harmonic Motion is beautiful, and what that says about the goals and nature of liberal education.

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