Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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GitHub for Education

In my experience, most teachers don't develop courses from scratch. Instead, they take whatever material is at hand, modify it to meet their needs, and then&...
April 17, 2012

Utah State University Wrap-Up

Our bootcamp at Utah State University finished earlier today—many thanks once again to Ethan White and his friends for hosting us. Here's what the stu...
April 16, 2012

We’re Neutral (but Not Really)

From Wikipedia: Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquirin...
April 14, 2012

Lives Lived

My sister-in-law, Sarah Harrison, wrote a “Lives Lived” about my sister Sylvia which appeared in today’s Globe and Mail. I wish Sylv was here to read it…
April 11, 2012

Straw Man for Web Programming

Last week, I asked what we should teach researchers about the web. I think that I have an answer, and that the easiest way to describe it is by describing wh...
April 10, 2012