The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #215 (December 24, 2017)

    • Facebook
    • 12/15/17

    In general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward… On the other hand, actively interacting with people — especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions — is linked to improvements in well-being… Simply broadcasting status updates wasn’t enough; people had to interact one-on-one with others in their network.”

    • YouTube/Origin of Everything
    • 11/01/17

    A high GPA reflects skills like being prompt, working really hard, following directions, and being well rounded, all important skills for high-level careers.”









    • EdSurge
    • 12/21/17
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • 12/20/17
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • 12/19/17

    Sweet Briar’s official news release on the new curriculum and restructuring laid out in detail changes that were announced months ago, explaining that the new curriculum is intended to focus on women’s leadership. It said five new faculty members will be hired over the next two years to support the new curriculum… Roughly a dozen faculty members’ positions will be eliminated, the college’s administration confirmed to Inside Higher Ed Monday. They include tenured professors, tenure-track faculty members and instructors teaching under contract. A total of 10 tenured and tenure-track faculty members are being affected.”

    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • 12/18/17

    Some of the courses, like “Argument and Persuasion” and “Decisions in a Data-Driven World,” focus on core skills. Others, like “Women and Gender in the World,” are tied to Sweet Briar’s mission. And courses on such subjects as design thinking and sustainable systems explore methods and approaches that are growing in popularity nationally.”








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Peter Nilsson


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