Further on the previous post, yet another site I should be consulting regularly: MediaCommons | a digital scholarly network.
Here is a discussion from the Economist. As a faculty member who is a refugee from a business school, I have to agree with the argument that an MBA encourages arrogance at the same time it does not force its students to master complicated things such as financial derivatives very well. Intellectual rigor does not fit with business school culture in most schools, if not all of them, and certainly the majority of MBAs avoid the really hard classes, as discussed in the article. But they do learn to be overconfident and lead their businesses to disasters via unethical behavior, in perhaps a small number of cases, and via dealing with things they do not understand, in probably a huge number of cases.
I did not know this excellent term for charming professors that the Japanese have. I learned it in this interesting article in the New York Times. I have seen the Randy Pausch Last Lecture, mentioned in the article, as I posted before, but there are plenty of additional good examples of professors who are becoming sensations online. I think I need to start preparing a video blog, and I need to do it yesterday…
Preston McAfee’s introductory economics text gets publicity. The reaction to high textbook prices is a good thing for students and for the spread of knowledge. Here is the New York Times article.
I’m just one of the millions who watched his Last Lecture (thank you Karen for pointing it out to me). Rest in peace, Randy. I wish for strength for Randy’s family. He went out with a bang, I only wish I could emulate him when the time comes.
I learnt the sad news via FriendFeed.com, here is a link to a news item.
Various high-visibility tech people I follow on friendfeed.com are pointing out that Google Knol, a combination of Wikipedia and Squidoo, has launched. The main idea is to get experts to write articles on their areas of expertise, eponymously. Both Wired and Mashable have reviews; Wired’s review is lengthy and very informative. I am considering signing up to write stuff for Knol. You can find Knol at http://knol.google.com/k#.
But right now I need to get back to my book writing.