Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    What the Ivies have to offer

    To a recent post about Yale offering some courses (6 in total I think) for online access, a long-time reader notes:
    MIT has something similar as well, which I've used heavily when enrolled in courses with poor instructional design.

    Occasionally, some students for the Big U wander over to DU and I've been less than impressed. They really do think that their Big U matriculation status does actually make them better. Maybe they are since they can take their Big U diploma and get better jobs right out of school than I could with my DU one.
    Miranda, I had heard about MITs as well (although the bulk do not include the lecture notes, where the real meat of a course lies). That just goes to my initial conclusion that the content is not nearly so important to the institution as the brand name.

    A caveat on that, though. While my experience with both land-grant U and Snooty-U are limited (really just one of each), I did notice a qualitative difference in the approach to a subject at Snooty-U. It seems that Snooty-U takes an ever-increasing macro view of the subject, wanting to categorize, label, and affix the subject. For example, adhering to a type of interpretive approach seems to be much more desired from Snooty-U (perhaps they are seen as the vanguard or definers of the approach) than from LGU. And that may not be a bad thing. I have learned a great deal by reading both the SU and LGU thoughts on a given subject, along with whatever snarky iconoclasts I can find along the way.

    So, take whatever content you may find.

    Would you like me to read this to you? Listen


    Blogger Miranda said...

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I'm at a lower-tier research university so I've noticed that they take a hybrid approach. I know that the level of instruction I am receiving at my school (even my school?) is vastly different than what a classmate describes at the local LGU. Yet it is definitely not the same as SU.

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