Driving Insight, Transforming Business

In the pharmaceutical industry, serialization is fundamentally about compliance—are your products meeting government-mandated measures for traceability ? In our last blog, we pointed to how industries of all stripes are beginning to adopt serialization to gain better visibility into their supply chains—often in concert with machine learning and AI tools and solutions. Forward-thinking organizations are … Continue reading Driving Insight, Transforming Business

The Equity Question: Doing Good By Doing Better

We’re still coming to grips with the pandemic’s effect on our lives, but early data suggests that its impact on college students has been profound. A recent poll found that 77% of students worried whether they would be able to stay in school and graduate. Those percentages are significantly higher for Black and Latino students … Continue reading The Equity Question: Doing Good By Doing Better

The Future is What We Imagine

Like many of you, we at 42 Lines have been trying to make sense of what it means to be living in a time of pandemic.  As much as we attempt to go about our days and retain our sense of “normalcy,” we know that things are very different than they were on March 15, 2020, when colleges … Continue reading The Future is What We Imagine

Let’s make a deal. Preparing instructors for a blended world.

Onsite or online, in the classroom or via Zoom, higher education has always been about one thing: the exchange of ideas. But today, new contingencies (let’s call it what it is: a startlingly pernicious pandemic) are changing what it means to “teach.” Online instructors, instructional designers, professors on the tenure track, and adjuncts who are … Continue reading Let’s make a deal. Preparing instructors for a blended world.

What Makes a Good Post and Why That Matters

Something interesting is happening in the world of online teaching. For some faculty, pivoting to online learning is an opportunity to reassess their curricula and identify what really matters. Others are finding that students are using online tools to ask different, more pointed questions. Still others have remarked on the emergence of a “quiet minority”— students who are … Continue reading What Makes a Good Post and Why That Matters

Can Serialization Improve Supply Chain Agility?

As the pandemic continues to disrupt global supply chains, industry leaders are thinking hard about what’s next—how will supply chain management change in the months and years after the pandemic? We are already seeing a turn toward a more diverse supplier strategy as businesses learn hard lessons about single sourcing. And we are seeing, in … Continue reading Can Serialization Improve Supply Chain Agility?

Supply Chain Resiliency: In Times of Crisis Visibility is Key

Global supply chains have faced disruptions before—shocks like 9/11, the devastating earthquake in Fukushima, Japan and its subsequent tsunami, marine piracy, trade wars—all have made us more aware of supply chain fragility. And while businesses have weathered these shocks (some with greater success than others), the COVID-19 pandemic feels categorically different: production has been halted, … Continue reading Supply Chain Resiliency: In Times of Crisis Visibility is Key

Can Online Discussions Be Relevant Learning Experiences?

Let’s begin with the obvious. We’re in the business of building interactive and engaging online discussion platforms. We really do believe the answer to this question is, ultimately, yes. Class discussion, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually, is probably one of the most valuable teaching strategies we have in our toolkit. Students learn better when they’re … Continue reading Can Online Discussions Be Relevant Learning Experiences?

Keep the Learning Going

As more colleges and universities adopt or expand their online learning capabilities, faculty are catching up—but slowly. According to a survey conducted last year by Inside Higher Education, three-quarters of instructors who taught online think it made them better teachers—largely because teaching online gets people thinking about pedagogy in new ways. Still, a significant percentage … Continue reading Keep the Learning Going

Philadelphia Flower Show

Longwood Garden's 1957 Plant Collecting Expedition “Never before has any American had the opportunity of doing this sort of project on this scale for the Mediterranean region.”  --Frederick G. Meyer, trip leader In 1957, Frederick Meyer and his wife Jean boarded a steamer bound for France, rented a tiny Renault in Paris, and set out … Continue reading Philadelphia Flower Show