Authors discuss what makes a ‘super course’

Image:  Ken Bain believes that the best new idea in education is not to find better ways to use technology. He believes in courses — "super courses," he calls them — that will transform the teaching and learning experience. With Marsha Marshall Bain, his longtime collaborator, he explores these courses in Super Courses: The Future […]

Sneaky Assignments

Blog: Confessions of a Community College Dean   When I taught American Government at DeVry — yes, that happened — a dispiriting number of students took the class under duress.  It fit their schedule and checked a box.  After getting over the shock of that, I realized that it was up to me to win them […]

Are some people naturally better at learning languages?

I just read a fascinating article about the development of Hi-LAB, the “High Level Language Aptitude Battery” test designed to help the US military identify individuals with high language learning potential. It was borne out of a frustration with seeing so many language professionals getting ‘stuck’ at basic proficiency and not progressing to become fluent. […]