September 25, 2012
Knight News Challenge Round 3: Whisper - A platform to enable on-the ground intelligence gathering

newschallenge:

1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

Whisper enables collection of accurate, ground-level information by reporters and researchers by creating communication channels via mobile phones with people who would otherwise be inaccessible.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and…

June 28, 2012

The “Art” of Medical Education. By Suzanne Pekow for American RadioWorks.

June 28, 2012

Harvard Medical School’s “Training the Eye” course. Photos taken at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, April 6, 2012. Special thanks to Michelle Grohe.

For more on this story, visit http://americanradioworks.org/podcast.html

For more on “Training the Eye,” and Visual Thinking Strategies-based education, visit http://alexarosemiller.com

April 24, 2012
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There’s a historic role for philanthropy that I believe continues to be important. And that is, to be a source of innovation. Philanthropy is different than most of the rest of society, in that we have this great gift. The gift is the wealth that we have in our endowments, and we have the capacity to use that wealth to help society become better. So that gift also gives us the capacity to take risks – that is, we can take chances that are more difficult for policymakers to take, for example. So I like to say that if we make an investment and it doesn’t pay off, we’ve learned something and that can be applied to our future investments. If you’re a policymaker and you make an investment and it doesn’t pay off, you may lose your job as an elected official. Or for that matter if you’re a corporate leader and you make an investment and it doesn’t pay off, your shareholders may revolt. So we have the capacity for risk, and I think we need to continue to take that risk.

At the same time, I think we need to be more than simply sources of information and ideas. We’ve got to participate in the scaling – actually taking the best ideas and helping them move towards a much broader impact. And that’s where I think our ability to inform the policymaking process at both the state and federal level is really, really important. Government has a role to take the best ideas and bring them to scale. It has a responsibility in my view in ensuring that people have access to these same kinds of opportunities. We should never guarantee the same kind of results, but we should provide, to the greatest extent possible, access to the kinds of opportunities that make us all Americans. And I think that families and individuals have a responsibility to contribute to their own education, and I believe the employers, the workforce sector also has a responsibility – not only to the people within their own companies, or organizations or unions, but in fact, to society at large. Because after all, the quality of our workforce is very much going to dictate the success of those employers and their businesses going forward.

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Jamie Merisotis, President of Lumina Foundation*, speaking on the ARW podcast last December. He’ll be back on the podcast next week to respond to a recent paper critical of megafoundations’ role in higher education advocacy.

*Lumina is a funder of American RadioWorks but the do not influence our editorial content.

March 8, 2012
Podcast Friday: Are you gritty enough for college?

Why do some students drop out of college, while others persist? Researchers think it may have something to do with a person’s level of “grit” and are trying to figure out whether this trait can be taught to others.

Guest: Angela Duckworth, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology.

March 1, 2012
Podcast Friday: Lessons from India

India is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, and with about a third of its population under the age of 14, India will soon see a surge in working-age adults. That’s why the government there is leading an ambitious effort to expand higher education institutions both on-ground and online.

The Hechinger Report’s Sarah Garland joins us on the podcast to talk about what she learned on her recent trip to India. Here’s more on Hechinger’s series, “Lessons From Abroad.”

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February 23, 2012
Podcast Friday: Manufacturing Jobs

The 2012 presidential candidates have all stressed the need to bring manufacturing jobs “back” to the United States from overseas. While it’s true that the United States has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs in the past decade due to foreign competition and productivity gains, there are also a lot of manufacturing jobs still here in America - and many of those jobs are going unfilled.

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February 17, 2012
Podcast Friday: Hybrid Campuses

This week: reporting from Stephen Smith’s upcoming documentary on how technology is changing higher education. Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun discusses why the physical boundaries of the traditional college campus becoming less relevant to learning.

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February 9, 2012
Podcast Friday: The For-Profits

For-profit universities have come under fire in recent years because of questionable practices at some institutions. But today, schools like the University of Phoenix, DeVry and others are working hard to transform their images. Correspondent Emily Hanford interviewed Kaplan University’s Peter Smith for an upcoming documentary that tracks the rise of the for-profit higher education industry.

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February 3, 2012
Podcast Friday: Getting Through College

Our correspondent Emily Hanford produced a documentary last fall called "Some College, No Degree" about the challenges people face getting back to college once they quit. Now she’s working on a new documentary that looks at the college completion question from a different angle.

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