What is memory?

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Memory is a process, not ‘a thing’, not ‘a physical organ’, not ‘just a store’ to place and retrieve information. Memory is not ‘a static entity like the hard disk of a computer’, thankfully. Memory as a process implies that memory is not an organ in our brain and represents a series of activities of […]

How do we learn?

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We learn through our sensory organs and their interactions with the brain. We learn when some change occurs in our brain in response to new ‘sensory inputs’. To draw an analogy, think of our brain as a ‘telephone exchange/network’ and each incoming call as a potential source of new inputs and each outgoing call as […]

The heart of the higher education reform – alternative credentialing

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I recently served on a panel at a meeting organized by the California Higher Education Innovation Council to look at “Alternative Credentials and Unbundling the Degree: Meeting Employer Needs or Short-Circuiting Proven Approaches?” Our panel was challenged beforehand by its moderator, Ryan Craig, to imagine how conditions had to change over the next decade in […]

The reason for too many ‘surprises’ in children’s behavior

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One of the more wonderfully unique things about us is the childhood phase in our growth. Unlike all other animals, human offspring is completely ‘educable’ in every way as a child – mother-tongue and other language(s), choices of food, religion, choices of cloth, interests, etc. Childhood is a very impressionable age and traditionally parents were […]

Baumol’s cost disease – What plagues higher education

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In 1966, William Baumol and William Bowen looked at the origins of rising salaries for live performances (music, theater, dance), and noted that an underlying issue was that such performances could not easily be made more efficient – productivity could not be increased (Baumol and Bowen, Wikopedia). The oft-quoted ( and quite convincing) formulation of […]