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 […]

Week 11: Ethics in Planning: Codes of Conduct

The American Planning Association (APA), the APA’s professional institute – the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) are the main professional bodies that governs the planning discipline, promotes education, and research in planning in the United States. In Planning, most practitioners are guided by the AICP […]

Week 10: Copyright Issues in the age of Open Access

In the digital age, copyright issues are amplified through unlimited access to information and unrestricted, open social media outlets/platforms (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, etc.), that give universal access. In academia in general, and for students in particular, nothing has changed on the standards required in class projects, writing papers and articles for an educational use. What I think […]
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