IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

How Much Studying Do College Students Do?

As a faculty member at the University of Oregon I taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate students. There was a “rule of thumb” that undergraduates were expected to spend two hours of time studying outside of class for each hour in class, and that graduate students were expected to spend three hours outside of class for each hour in class. The rules of thumb were in reference to courses that had one hour of class meeting per week for each hour of credit in the course.

Over my years of teaching, I gradually became suspicious that many students were not paying much attention to such guidelines. When my wife’s daughter began attending the University of Oregon a little over 15 years ago, she reported that her undergraduate peers seemed to be doing about one hour of work outside of class for each hour in class.

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Compiling Free Web-based Materials into a Course Textbook

In recent years, I have written and published a large amount of materials—making them free on the Web. A number of other people also do this.

The quality of “academic” materials available on the Web varies considerably. However, there is a steadily increasing amount of material suitable for use in precollege and college level courses.

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Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Muscle

Artificial Intelligence (also known as machine intelligence) is a somewhat misleading term.

Consider humanity's long endeavor to create for aids to their physical capabilities. We routinely use all kinds of machines such as airplane, backhoe, bicycle, car, forklift, spaceship, train, truck, and so on. We do not call these tools “artificial muscle.”

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Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

Last week the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon (Mike Bullis) presented some of his ideas on entrepreneurship. He reported on having had a conversation with a potential donor to the University, and the donor described himself as a venture capitalist. Mike Bullis responded that as the Dean, he was a venture capitalist in education.

I found both remarks interesting. A donor "investing" in the organization or cause that he or she contributes to can be contributing to the growth of an underlying business. I donate to a variety of worthy causes. In some of them, I indeed think of my donation as "investing" in a manner that will help the organization or worthy cause to expand its business or income streams. For example, suppose that I help pay for an exhibit that a Science and Technology Museum is building. This exhibit will be used in the Museum. But it may also be rented to other Museums—thus producing an income stream.

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Visualizing the Medical Data Explosion

I found the following 16:37 TED Video both fascinating and highly relevant to education.

Ynnerman, A. (November, 2010). Visualizing the medical data explosion. TED. Retrieved 1/24/2011 from http://www.ted.com/talks/anders_ynnerman_visualizing_the_medical_data_explosion.html.

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