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    Tags: , by dnorman (2018-05-05)
  2. "We assume that private enterprise generates what is so casually called “innovation” all by itself. It does not. The Web browser you are using to read this essay was invented at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The code that makes this page possible was invented at a publicly funded academic research center in Switzerland. That search engine you use many times a day, Google, was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation to support Stanford University. You didn’t get polio in your youth because of research done in the early 1950s at Western Reserve University School of Medicine.* California wine is better because of the University of California at Davis. Hollywood movies are better because of UCLA. And your milk was not spoiled this morning because of work done at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

    These things did not just happen because someone saw a market opportunity and investors and inventors rushed off to meet it. That’s what happens in business-school textbooks. In the real world, we roll along, healthy and strong, in the richest nation in the world because some very wise people decided decades ago to invest in institutions that serve no obvious short-term purpose. The results of the work we do can take decades to matter—if at all. Most of what we do fails. Some succeeds. The system is terribly inefficient. And it’s supposed to be that way."
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  4. George Veletsianos, an associate professor at British Columbia’s Royal Roads University who studies education technology, thinks that course trailers can empower scholars to reach new and wider audiences. The most successful videos are viewed by a few thousand people online — minuscule figures compared with viral YouTube fodder, but impressive for courses that may enroll only a few dozen students. Richard Hunt’s video has almost 100 views on YouTube so far. "To some degree, I’m not convinced people are going to watch it," Mr. Hunt says, but he’s still glad students can. "If they want the engagement, it’s there."

    Videos designed for outside audiences might also have an impact within the classroom, says Mr. Veletsianos. "Once we consider a different medium, we might change the way we do things. We might expand our tool kit of teaching."
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