Wednesday, September 05, 2007

People in Glass Classrooms Shouldn't Throw Stones

In my e-mail in-box today was an invitation to take Justice Online, a distance-learning course for Harvard grads that features Harvard professor Michael Sandel. I actually took Justice as an undergrad, so the pitch seemed a weird form of déjà vu. (As a student, I liked Sandel's lectures, but found that most of the actual discussion took place in sections where the teaching by graduate students was uneven.) Thanks to the wonders of online video, you can watch part of a sample lecture on the trolley car moral dilemma, sometimes known as the train track dilemma for purposes of another Harvard professor's online Morality Sense Test.

Of course, at U.C. Irvine, we are also experimenting with making our interactions with students more public. You can check out my bad hair day at the UCI Teaching and Learning with Technology YouTube channel.

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