What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

Joe Karaganis, David McClure, New York Times, Jan 23, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an article in the New York Times about The Open Syllabus Project. So far this site, as the name suggests, has "collected more than a million syllabuses from university websites." The purpose is to "extract some of their key components — their metadata — starting with their dates, their schools, their fields of study and the texts that they assign." It's a news story because this week they made their "syllabus explorer" public. But don't be misled - you can't actually find or explore syllabi using this took; the actual content remains hidden. It's just a list of th most common book references in syllabi (or as they say it, 'syllabuses').

(Note: I've started hitting subscription walls on New York Times articles - I've tried adding the following extension to the link: ?partner=rss&emc=rss to try to make it go away. If this doesn't work I'll cease linking to New York Times articles, as the objectiove of OLDaily is to provide you dith dirct access to articles, not to act as advertising for paywall sites. More on these paywalls.)

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