Life Experience Matters. “Knowing is not Enough” By Efon

Just as Parker Palmer noted in today’s reading, knowing is not enough for any professional. Institutional and organizational challenges requires competencies beyond classroom lessons and textbook knowledge. Dan Edelstein also alluded to the question of competency. That is competencies that can translate personal and learned experiences into workplace skills that will enable individual (in this […]

Teaching As A Creative Manifestation of Ideas – By Efon

Paulo Freire tempo-political narratives of teaching are perhaps the most systematic assessment of pedagogy concepts that I have read in my educational career. While I agree with his banking concept of education, I would argue that social, economic and political philosophies may have stronger underlying influences than any actual teaching method. On the other hand, project-based learning practices are […]

Rethinking Grading

Grades are learning incentives. Incentives are important, but testing as a means to incentivizing students, are not necessarily useful measures to induce creativity and spark imaginations (see Kohn, 2011; Dan Pink, TED Talk, Aug 25, 2009). Student assessment and evaluation for grading are often based on the subjective judgments, intertwined with various biases. I recognize that issues […]

Embracing Change In the 21st Century

It is evident that our current teaching model is based on a presumption of stability, and continuity, and progress in a controlled environment. In today’s internet environment, the production and delivery of information or content are constantly changing and evolving. This is in contrast with the twentieth-century education environment, which as Thomas and Brown rightfully […]

Two Methods, The Same Outcomes. Networked Learning or Experiential Learning by Efon

In a contemporary context, I think pedagogy can be a “journey of self-discovery, reflection, and collaborative inquiry.” I like Kuh’s argument that education is becoming less about inquiry, but more about careers and competencies. I think his conceptual learning framework assuming a progressive culture of education supports the concepts of self-actualization and student-centered learning. While […]

Week 13: Ethics and Personal Ethos

I think the topic of personal ethics and values is one that I have no singular philosophical outlook on. My ethics are determined on a case by case basis. Smart decisions and good judgment are what is key and important to me as a person and professional. For me, the bar is to get it right the first time. […]

Smart Cities and Mobility Systems: How Fair are Data Models and Algorithms

Like in many industries, contemporary transportation practices often combine intelligent technology systems and algorithms, to optimize and scale operations, and build functional efficiencies. Smart cities and mobility systems are built on the combining multiple technology systems and business intelligence and analytics applications to optimize the delivery of transportation services. In transportation operations, the availability and […]

Google Maps: A Value-Chain of Opportunities

Data can offers boundless opportunities when it is well structured and designed within a connected ecosystem. For instance, data from Google Maps and related sub-systems like Google Transit, can be diffused and spread within the Google Platform, extended to media like Amazon Echo to provide real-time transit updates (i.e. next bus arrivals, service delays, traffic […]
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