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Dan Ryan
Kathryn P. Hannam Associate Professor, teaching in Sociology and Public Policy
Mills College
MA, M.Phil., PhD Sociology, Yale University
BA Mathematical, Physical & Computer Sciences, New College of Florida

sociology of information, network analysis, simulation, agent models, phenomenology, organizations, GIS, social media
Mills College
5000 Macarthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
danryan at mills dot edu

Vera Long 105
510.430.2304 fax

Office Hours: By appointment. Click here or here (Note: requires Google Calendar)

Learning is not what is poured from the pitcher, but what lands in the glass.


Current Semester

  • On Leave until August 2015


Past and Future Courses: Everyday Life | Social Theory | Proseminar | Senior Seminar | Research Methods | Social Control | Network Analysis | Ants, Brains, Cities, & Software | Analysis of Social Structure | Mathematics and Social Science | Intro to Soc | Simulation & Modeling | Geographic Information Systems

Assessment and the Major | Ideas for Teaching | Teaching and Technology | Teaching Evaluations 1998-present | Generic Resources for Students


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New DropBox Feature Might Make Grading Easier From In Case You Missed It... ((28 Apr 2015 11:37))
DropBox has introduced a COMMENTS feature that lets you look at a shared file in your browser (Microsoft office docs and PDFs all seem to work) and make comments in a sidebar.  Anyone who can see the file can make comments and you can notify folks that there are comments just by mentioning them.Potentially useful for feedback on student papers and for group work or committee work where downloading document or group editing in something like Google docs is either too intrusive or too slow a

ASU and EdX offering Freshman Year Online From In Case You Missed It... ((23 Apr 2015 08:52))
ASU will offer a freshman year program  - all online - that will likely be fully transferrable and will cost around $6000. This latest iteration on MOOCs includes a focus not on isolated courses but a coherent program of courses - a freshman year foundation. The innovation here is the co-design of the courses (12 of them).  Of course the experience will be a far cry from what students get at a residential college, but but will it be $12,000 less? Or $40,000 less? Promising Full Co

And then there were 46 From In Case You Missed It... ((03 Mar 2015 16:08))
Sweet Briar College in Virginia announced it is closing. According to its Wikipedia entry, it had an endowment of $88 million, academic staff of 64 for 735 students. Unlike many of its peers it had not gone in for graduate programs in recent decades.Sweet Briar College to closeBY KARIN KAPSIDELIS Richmond Times-DispatchSWEET BRIAR — Sweet Briar College announced today it will close Aug. 25, blaming “insurmountable financial challenges” caused by the dwindling number of women interested in sing

Blended Course Design MOOC From In Case You Missed It... ((19 Feb 2015 11:39))
UCF is offering the fourth iteration of BlendKit – an open, online course for those interested in blended learning course design, sponsored by ELI and delivered via Canvas Network.The course begins on Monday and is free (along with a credential option for a fee, for those interested).BlendKit 2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer MOOCBlended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings

BAs at CCs From In Case You Missed It... ((21 Jan 2015 11:39))
From the Sacramento BeeCalifornia community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor’s degreesBY ALEXEI KOSEFFAKOSEFF@SACBEE.COM01/20/2015 3:08 PM  01/21/2015 10:40 AMRead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article7780146.html#storylink=cpy Bachelor’s degrees in mortuary work, ranch management and consumer technology design will soon be coming to California community colleges.Under legislation signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown, the system’s gove

Is "fix education by starving it" an idea whose time has gone in California? From In Case You Missed It... ((12 Jan 2015 12:44))
Nice to see a political analysis of California's higher education problem.  Higher Ed Austerity as political offspring of a failing coalition. (h/t, KTS)From Inside Higher EdThe Higher Ed Austerity Deal Is Falling ApartJanuary 12, 2015ByChristopher NewfieldFor years now, the main trend in public university policy has been to impose budgetary austerity on them. Regardless of the revenue level that universities seek or the efficiencies they announce, the result is always the same: inadequate