I have been a professor of Computer Information Systems at Union County College (Cranford, Elizabeth and Plainfield NJ) since 1983. My courses change as the computer field and knowledge about how people learn grows.
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  • Using digital tools to engage the modern workforce about 21 hours ago
    • Social media has bred a culture of collaboration and sharing.
  • The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No one noticed. — Medium about 22 hours ago
    • More than twice as many now take a class online as live on campus
    • here was talk of how online education was going to be so excellent students would choose it over four-year residential schools
    • Outside a relative handful of selective residential institutions, the principal function of college is to train and credential people for work. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s is no longer one way of getting a good job. It is just about the only way of avoiding low wages or unemployment.

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  • Digital Disruption has already happened | Konstantinos Christodoulakis | LinkedIn about 23 hours ago
    • disturbing trend was analyzed formally by economists Paul Beaudry, David A. Green, and Benjamin M. Sand, who published a paper entitled “The Great Reversal in the Demand for Skill and Cognitive Tasks” in March 2013. Their analysis found that the need for skilled labor in the United States peaked around 2000 and has since gone into decline. As a result, many college graduates are taking lower-skill service jobs—often displacing those without college degrees in the process.
  • Robots Are (Really) Coming. Is Your Job Safe? | Ryan Holmes | LinkedIn about 23 hours ago
    • traditional answer has been to invest in developing skills that machines can’t replicate—creativity, problem solving, ingenuity and other higher-order functions. Reinvent our current education system. Nurture exceptionalism and actively cultivate some of our last uniquely human abilities. But here’s the thing: That might not be enough. Promoting creativity and encouraging independent thinking might help us stay ahead of job losses in the short term. But in the long term, advanced robots may well be able to execute even some of these uniquely "human" functions better than we can. How do we keep the economy humming when jobs themselves have grown obsolete? How do people support themselves?


  • What can a technologist do about climate change? A personal view. about 23 hours ago
    • it’s everyone’s problem, and most of our problem-solvers are assuming that someone else will solve it.
  • The problem isn't that life is unfair - Business Insider about 24 hours ago
    • And the best is available only to those who are willing to truly fight for it.
    • in reality, social reward is just a network effect. Reward comes down mostly to the number of people you reach:
    • You're judged by what you have the ability to do, and the volume of people you can affect.

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  • Fresno State Increases Students' E-Portfolio Usage Through Competition -- Campus Technology on Nov 22, 15
    • when students' work is made publicly available to faculty and other students, they're likely to put more effort into their work, "deepen their learning," "align their work ... with desired learning outcomes" and "become self-directed learners."
  • New Balance WW928 Tan - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways on Nov 21, 15
  • Why aren’t Most Minority High School Grads College-Ready? | The Edvocate on Nov 20, 15
    • new report from the College of Education at the University of Arizona found that less than 1 in 10 minority high school graduates in the state are adequately prepared for college. Non-minority students are not much better off though, with only 2 in 10 prepared for college after graduating from high school.
    • Of the 1.7 million high school graduates that opted for the ACT college entrance exam in 2012, only 60 percent were deemed “college-ready.”
    • The “passing the baton” mentality also needs to be abandoned if students are truly expected to succeed academically after high school ends. If America truly wants to live up to its “Land of Opportunity” moniker, this generation of P-12 students needs to be viewed as a responsibility by their educators long after the high school graduation benchmark has been met. Instead of letting students make their own mistakes in early adulthood, at least when it comes to the future of their careers and livelihoods, educators should stay involved and help bridge the high school-college gap.
  • What’s the Point of a Professor? - NYTimes.com on Nov 12, 15
    • When college is more about career than ideas, when paycheck matters more than wisdom, the role of professors changes.
    • the course is not an induction of eager minds into an enlarging vision. It is a requirement to fulfill.
    • When it comes to students, we shall have only one authority: the grades we give. We become not a fearsome mind or a moral light, a role model or inspiration. We become accreditors.

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