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The D Gets Tough
I live in the hope that The D will toughen up and play a more forceful role on campus. That day might be here. The Verbum today, written by the editorial board — Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Ellis, Executive Editors Stephanie McFeeters and Michael Riordan, Publisher Carla Larin, and Opinion Editors Katie McKay and Lorelei Yang — wonders just why it is that the College joined edX to produce MOOCs, when the College’s great strength resides the classroom experience. They note that the bloom is off the MOOC rose as poor empirical results come in about the courses. Their conclusion:
Though spreading knowledge and giving those outside of Hanover access to Dartmouth faculty is a noble goal, the decision to offer online courses seems odd and poorly timed. Introducing MOOCs does little to emphasize Dartmouth’s strengths as an institution. In fact, it seems to be little more than a publicity stunt.
Good for them.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…