Collecting Thoughts on Education Research

This article codifies certain thoughts related to my ongoing dissertation work. Section 1 identifies some actionable items. Section 2 notes related articles. Section I. Short Term Goals Finalize dissertation topic I am pursuing a PhD by Publication strategy. 1+ papers on the economics of alternative credentials. Specifically, I attempt to tie Udacity profile data to … Read more Collecting Thoughts on Education Research

Defining Self-Directed Learning and Unschooling

When considering alternative modes of education, self-directed learning and unschooling are two buzz words. I briefly talked with Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight and others to pin down what this means. Section 1 contains a summarized transcript and section 2 adds some thoughts. Section 1. Summarized Transcript John: Why do true believers in self-directed learning not abandon … Read more Defining Self-Directed Learning and Unschooling

Measuring Importance with Stack Exchange

This article discusses a way to leverage Stack Exchange to generate importance data. There are two sorts of articles and it’s important to correctly identify which is which: Articles written because an author wants to write it and articles written because a reader wants to read it. Ideally there’s a good bit of overlap but … Read more Measuring Importance with Stack Exchange

Google’s Disconcerting Project Aristotle

NYT released an article reporting Google’s findings from an internal research project called Project Aristotle. It found that technical skill doesn’t matter that much in team building. They found the key factor was psychological safety. This article discusses some reasons I find it hard to trust Google’s results. Four key issues are front and center: … Read more Google’s Disconcerting Project Aristotle