Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

In her Atlantic article earlier this year, "What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?," Elizabeth Segran ends by quoting Victoria Blodgett, who is the director of graduate career services at Yale University: We should be in the business of putting Ph.D.s in government, non-profits, the media and lots of industries where we will be better off … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1

Time was conversations about what to do with a PhD in a bad job market ended in expressions of shame, heartbreak, guilt, or rage. But lately, that conversation has been (happily) interrupted by bright pockets of snarky analysis, activism, and community building by and for those seeking careers (and a life) outside the academy. A recent advice column … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1

Particle Fever. Watch It. Catch It.

I just had an opportunity to catch the new documentary, Particle Fever, which will be opening in theaters on March 5. The brainchild of Johns Hopkins physics professor David Kaplan and physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson, the film documents the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland designed to test theories … Continue reading Particle Fever. Watch It. Catch It.

Ed-Tech with a Heart: Duolingo

For the past four weeks I've been obsessed with the new language learning tool, Duolingo. Developed by Luis von Ahn, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (the guy that brought us reCAPTCHA), Duolingo was named by Apple as the best new iPhone app for 2013. (There's a web version as well.) Slate writer Seth Stevenson calls it "the most … Continue reading Ed-Tech with a Heart: Duolingo

MOOCs: Is That All There Is?

This week Coursera announced its launch of Specializations, sequenced courses designed to help students achieve deeper levels of mastery as well as the credentials to demonstrate that mastery. At about $200 per sequence, Specializations also provides an alternative revenue stream for Coursera and its partners, which may be why the announcement featured in news outlets … Continue reading MOOCs: Is That All There Is?