Category Archives: education and technology

President Obama’s plan for free community college tuition: first thoughts

President Obama has raised the idea of making the first two years of community college free. What I’d like to do to is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for … Continue reading

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Some university presidents on the future of education

What do college and university presidents think of the future of higher education?  eCampus News has an interesting summary of a recent think-tank-y project, wherein 14 chief executive officers from a diverse group of institutions participated in two separate sessions … Continue reading

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Most Americans pretty happy with the internet, says Pew

In a break from gloom and dystopia, most Americans now view the internet as a positive force in their lives, according to a new Pew survey.  The results contrast neatly with the steady drumbeat of fearsome digital media stories. For example, … Continue reading

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Net neutrality versus social justice: the case for zero rating

Could one argue against net neutrality in order to support poor people?  This seems to be what Wikipedia is urging, and offers all of us an unusual spin on the net neutrality question. The key to this approach is that it … Continue reading

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A snapshot of faculty teaching in 2014

What do we know about how American college and university faculty are teaching undergraduates?  The new HERI study (pdf) offers some fascinating insights into instructors’ practices. Caveats: the report covers full-time faculty, not part-timers*.  It’s also based on self-reporting. In the digital … Continue reading

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When a liberal arts college starts teaching online

How can a traditional liberal arts campus practice distance learning?  Vassar College launched a pilot program to take face-to-face learning from a residential setting into cyberspace, and its academic computing director, Steve Taylor, tells the story at the Academic Commons site The program … Continue reading

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Academia tries out open in response to Ebola (UPDATED)

How has academia shared its resources openly in response to the Ebola crisis?*  Have we used technology to make a difference? Here are some examples: Oxford University Press opened up fifty scientific articles.  These are from scholarly journals like Clinical Infectious … Continue reading

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