Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D.

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“Canceling” online classes

Based on the current forecast information and the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, VCU will close from Thursday, September 13, through Sunday, September 16. All classes, including online classes, are canceled due to the approach of Hurricane Florence. That’s the language… Continue Reading →

Data/Information + Security/Privacy: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

[NOTE: I was honored to be asked by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) to be a presenter at the School Law Institute of their annual conference. The Institute was on Sunday and I am posting the text… Continue Reading →

Are we overthinking general education?

If you know me decently well, you know that I like to watch a lot of TV shows about food. I spend a good deal of time watching a range of Food Network shows of varying quality and value. Thus,… Continue Reading →

WWW = WWW

WWW = World Wide Web WWW = Wild Wild West As I continue my summer of inquiry around distance education policy and practice in higher education, I posit (for now, at least), that for institutions of higher education, the World… Continue Reading →

Distance education pot of gold – a follow-up

Yesterday’s post elicited a couple of comments and an inquiry from a reporter. Rather than respond to comments individually and just email the reporter, I figured I’d put my answers into a follow-up post. Michael Berman’s comment is worth addressing… Continue Reading →

Distance education – pot of gold?

Most public institutions of higher education that I know of are chasing a pot of gold at the end of the distance education rainbow. In other words, in an effort to increase revenue grow enrollment “make higher education more accessible,” these… Continue Reading →

Let’s not harden our schools

The more you whine, the more I assign. This past weekend, we were in the Science Museum of Virginia, in a lab, attending a demonstration of a dissection of a cow’s eye. My son and my daughter sat in the… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 12/21/17 #365project

This dragged on a bit too long, but please watch and listen to Senator Franken’s speech. Al Franken Rips Trump, GOP In Final Floor Speech: ‘We’re Losing The War For Truth’ https://t.co/miyjdsOqfi pic.twitter.com/HgAmRWRnyS — Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 22, 2017

Tweet of the day – 12/10/17 #365project

There are a lot of things I don’t understand about Trumpism and Trumpism. Chief among them is the parroting of things he says that are demonstrably false. When he says something like “NAFTA is a bad deal…” I can understand… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 12/09/17 #365project

https://twitter.com/mattthomas/status/939655445014343680

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