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Measuring the Popularity of Soccer in the USA

Posted on:  June 11, 2014

Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 World Cup, so I thought I would take a moment to discuss the popularity of soccer in the United States. It is hard to pin down the true popularity of a sport, but I thought two important measures could serve as a barometer of the sport's popularity in the USA: average attendance numbers for MLS (Major League Soccer) games and MLS revenue.  Read more

What if MOOCs Seriously Succeed?

Posted on:  April 5, 2014

The hot topic in education right now is massive, open, online courses (MOOCs). These online courses are offered by both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations. Supporters claim that MOOCs will revolutionize higher education by increasing access for the world's underserved populations and by dramatically reducing costs. This post considers one possible consequence should MOOCs manage to succeed.   Read more