Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ten American Universities That Have a Second Life

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Ten American Universities That have a Second Life


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Ten American Universities That Have a Second Life by James Hinton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


A Hedy Invention

Thank you to Grant over at Cheeky History for publishing me.

Cheeky Austrian Hedy Lamarr was a hit when MGM imported her iconic good looks and put them up on the silver screen. She starred as a seductive femme fatale alongside of actors like Clark Gable, James Stewart, and Spencer Tracy. Despite being tasked to sell war bonds, she made fourteen movies during WWII alone. What many people don’t realize is that movies aren’t the only things Lamarr made during WWII.

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The Debate Over Online Education: University Professors Weigh In

Thank you to Teaching and Technology for publishing me.

The debate over online education has been going on for a while now. It has its proponents and its detractors, with good arguments on both sides. One thing that seems to stand out fairly strongly in the debate is that it seems that university professors don’t seem to be on the side of the proponents.

One example is Harry R. Lewis. The former dean of Harvard’s undergraduate college, he believes that online education is seriously lacking in its ability to serve the underlying purpose of education. In an interview with The Atlantic, he expressed concern with the asynchronous nature of online education. “Part of the process of education happens not just through good pedagogy but by having students in places where they see the scholars working and plying their trades.”

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After the War – Veteran’s Health Issues in the 20th Century

Thank you to Military Spot for publishing me once again.

One of the unfortunate legacies of war are the countless numbers of veterans who come home with medical ailments. The battles on the battlefield are often only the start for the soldiers and sailors who fought the war, as life after the war can be just as much of a struggle. Rather than focusing on the wars themselves, let’s take a moment to focus on the battles the soldiers fought after the war by examining the biggest health battles veterans fought after the war.

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Getting to the Roots of STEM with the Radix Endeavor

Thank you to Educemic for publishing me once again.

The island of Ysola abounds with mysteries. Strange plants and animals are plentiful and odd geometries are legion. The inhabitants of this place are plagued with problems, and only you can solve it. It will take an adventuring mind, an inquisitive spirit, and a good grasp of science to prevail.

Ysola is the setting of the Radix Endeavor. A Massively-Multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), the Radix Endeavor was set up as an edutainment tool for engaging junior high and high school students with the principles of STEM subjects. Individuals, friends, or entire classes can come together in the Radix Endeavor and apply classroom studies to fun and engaging missions, reinforcing textbook learning through hands on interaction.

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Going to School with PTSD: Online Education and Anxiety

Thank you to Stefanie Weisman for publishing me.

I was an older student with an anxiety issue. After spending time in the Army, including several combat tours, I had been diagnosed with PTSD. Being around large numbers of strangers worried me. Noisy settings where I was not completely in control gave me the need to run for it. I would even feel a touch agoraphobic if I was not close to something I could bunker up within.

When I made the decision to obtain a college degree after getting out, these all presented me with significant problems. While some of the university classes I participated in had relatively small class sizes that enabled me to learn faces fairly quickly and find a certain degree of comfort with, large classes were a daily struggle. I would have to position myself close to doors so I could bolt outside for relief if needed. More boisterous classes could result in frequent, embarrassing episodes where I just plain had to get out.

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