Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

After such broadband, what applications?

How will we use digital technologies differently if we boost broadband speeds and access?  Will faster connections change the way we live? The Pew Research Internet Project canvassed a bunch of us for our thoughts.  Respondents generally noted similar themes, … Continue reading

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Another digital story

I published another short digital story using the Cowbird platform.  It’s a reflection on October in Vermont, or, more dryly, it uses a combination of photos and paragraphs to express an emotional state during an environmental moment. It’s called “Darkness, … Continue reading

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University of Southern Maine declares a serious queen sacrifice

The University of Southern Maine announced plans for serious faculty and program cuts, with all the hallmarks of a queen sacrifice. The gist is that USM will cut 50 instructors, 100 staff, increase class load for the remainders, end several … Continue reading

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Higher education enrollment declined again: US Census

The total number of people enrolled in American higher education declined by 2013, according to data from the United States Census Bureau.  That marks two years in a row when fewer students attended US colleges and universities, a decline of … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #4: the bubble bursts

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 4. The Bubble Bursts This dystopia is more focused on higher education than the previous ones.  It’s about a perfect storm … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #3: the new gilded age

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 3. Gilded Age 2.0 This dystopia is a world of extreme inequality.  After the mid-twentieth century’s reduced imbalance of wealth, the … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #2: cyberpunk world

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m continuing my series of educational dystopias. 2: Cyberpunk world This is close to the future imagined by cyberpunk science fiction writers back in the 1980s and 1990s.  Looked … Continue reading

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