I find myself disagreeing with Alex Usher much more often than not, but it’s hard to stay mad at a guy who comes up with the phrase “techno-fetishist windbags” to describe promoters of MOOCs and other “disruptive” technologies. Read the whole piece for some good quotes from Sebastian Thrun, founder of patient-zero Udacity, including his admission that “[w]e have a lousy product” or my fav: “We’re not doing anything as rich and powerful as what a traditional liberal-arts education would offer you.” Doesn’t get blunter than that.
(Read the original interview with Thrum.)
Alex Usher has some colourful charts that demonstrate that Arts and Humanities graduates get jobs at much the same rates as students with other degrees. And — surprise! — they outperform those with degrees in the physical sciences.
from Alex Usher, on the reputation of Canadian institutions internationally: “At innovation, we rank below hobbits.”
A new government study indicates that the areas in which the most significant shortages of personnel are expected are not trades, but occupations that require university degrees. See Alex Usher’s post.
[cross-posted to aunbt.ca]
is way, way wrong today.
Don’t get me wrong, university senates are great. I am a long-time senator myself and every now and then — once or twice anyway — we have managed to accomplish something in the face of the
Empire administrative voting block.
But faculty unions: faculty unions are the circled wagons around our profession, our last best hope.
“Poor Barista, Rich Tradesperson” on Alex Usher’s blog. That noise was the sound of another cliché breaking.