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Snowed on, locked down, raiding electrons and getting zotted: a week of storms

Readers and other audiences often express curiosity about my family’s homesteading life.  So I thought I’d share a story of that experience in extremity.  I also want to get it down while it’s still fresh in memory. Last Tuesday a … Continue reading

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How to adjunctivize your university

The embattled president of the University of Texas (Austin) recently gave a speech reflecting on that institution’s status.  In William Powers’ “State of the University Address 2014″ we can find many useful ideas.  For now, I’d like to focus on … Continue reading

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Education dystopia #1: triumph of the silos

What are some bad futures for teaching, learning, and campuses? With this post I’m starting up my series of educational dystopias. 1: Silos stand tall In this world silos have become the dominant life form in information architecture.  Closed and … Continue reading

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What podcatcher should I use?

I’m looking for a new podcatcher.  Which one should I try? Background: I’m a serious podcast listener, subscribing to dozens (here’s an annotated list).  Podcasts play an important part in my life, both for research and entertainment.  I listen several … Continue reading

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Ten personal books: a bibliophilic glance

I’ve received multiple versions of the following request on Facebook this month: “In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They … Continue reading

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What “I want to have a conversation” really means

A popular phrase uttered by policymakers, administrators, and activists is “I want to have a conversation about…”  Many big topics can fit with these words, apparently, from racism to classism to higher education and the rise of robots.  Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Closing a college

An American college is getting ready to shut down.  Lebanon College (New Hampshire) replaced its website with a simple announcement: Gone are all menus and links, from what I can make out. Lebanon College faces problems familiar to many other … Continue reading

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