Notes in the Margins: MOOCs, national debates and college-age voters

Social policy academics must stop excluding themselves from national debates on the welfare state The around-the-clock public debate on welfare has been steadfast, yet social policy academics have been noticeably absent from these debates. Daniel Sage argues that while the media bear some responsibility for this, there are numerous ways in which academics exclude themselves. The culture of criticism prevalent in the insular discipline restricts intellectual diversity. The discipline must open itself up to a wider range of views to engage better with national debates. (Impact of Social Sciences)

The Growth Of Online College Education And Changing Attitudes About MOOCs Despite the popularity of MOOCs, academics have been slow to declare online courses equivalent in value to those taught in person; faculty are far less likely than administrators to express excitement about online courses, (The Huffington Post)

College Is a Journey, Not a Destination We live in a goal-focused society where becoming a mindful, lifelong learner — instead of an educational trophy hunter — is not an easily achieved state of mind. (The New York Times)

Bill aimed at college-aged voters could be part of larger trend Why North Carolina Senate Bill 667 might be indicative of a larger trend. (USA Today)

Students should beware job-trend reports eaders say that business and the world moves too quickly for graduates who are narrowly focused on a particular field. The most effective education provides a broad base of knowledge and skills that enables an individual to learn continuously and adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. (Providence Journal)