What Memes Can Teach Us About Applying Educational Research in Practice

One does not simply apply learning science.

Do you know the #nailedit meme?¬†In its most common form: Someone sees a recipe or craft online. They try to recreate it. Things go terribly, comically wrong. They graciously post the results online, allowing us all to take joy in the degree to which they absolutely #nailedit. Part of what makes these memes great is … Read more

On the Relationship Between Adopting OER and Improving Student Outcomes

water ripple

I’ve been writing this article 30 minutes here and 60 minutes there for several months (WordPress tells me I saved the first bits in March). I’ve probably deleted more than is left over. It’s time to click Publish and move on. This article started out with my being bothered by the fact that ‘OER adoption … Read more

Why Improving Student Learning is So Hard

A few thoughts about why improving student learning in the US higher ed context is so hard to do. (These ideas may apply elsewhere, but I’m thinking specifically about US higher ed.) 1. Improving student learning requires changing student behavior – changing the things students do in order to learn. Students learn by doing – … Read more