Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Another queen sacrifice: Castleton University in Vermont

The queen sacrifice remains in practice among American campuses.  This week’s practitioner is Vermont’s Castleton University, a public liberal arts institution founded in 1787 that is now considering cuts and layoffs. VermontBiz reports that Castleton is facing “a projected operating loss of … Continue reading

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Starting this Monday: a week of brainstorming, ideation, and prototyping

What project should we create to grasp the future of education and technology? Over the past month I’ve helped start Code Name FOECast, an effort to build plans and prototypes for just such a project.  Now FOECast’s first event is … Continue reading

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Elon Musk to create satellite broadband network

Elon Musk just launched several satellites with the aim of creating a world-wide broadband network. It’s early days and there isn’t a lot of information, but what I’ve gathered is as follows: a network of satellites in very low Earth … Continue reading

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The Future of Education Bookstore is now open

I’d like to announce the opening of an online bookstore for a very specific interest.  The Future of Education Bookstore stocks titles about, well, the future of education: about pedagogy, economics, policy, technology, culture, and more. They include books published … Continue reading

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The most important book about American higher education in 2018

Over the past two weeks I’ve read a book about the future of American higher ed, and want to recommend it very highly.  It might be the most important book on the subject published this year. The title is Demographics … Continue reading

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Reading _Soonish_, part 3: from augmented reality to precision medicine

Today we continue our reading of Soonish, a look at some future technologies, written and illustrated by Kelly and Zack Weinersmith.  In this post we’ll explore and discuss chapters 7-9, which shift from digital technology to the life sciences by covering augmented … Continue reading

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Some of this week’s stories for the future of education

As some people head off to the weekend, here are some stories that point to possible futures for education and technology.  I’d like to draw your attention to rising income inequality, internet of things problems, and the transformation of a … Continue reading

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Updates on the New Media Consortium bankruptcy: a purchase, an intervention, and possibilities

Here’s an update on the New Media Consortium bankruptcy story (and here are my previous posts, if you’d like to catch up).  Several important things have happened over the past week. Yesterday EDUCAUSE successfully acquired the NMC’s intellectual property.  The organization’s president, … Continue reading

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What if the United States decided to cancel all student debt?

What would happen if the United States decided to cancel all student debt? A Bard College economics research team (Scott Fullwiler, Stephanie Kelton, Catherine Ruetschlin, and Marshall Steinbaum) decided to explore what such a bold near-term future could look like … Continue reading

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Reading _Soonish_, part 2: friendly nuclear power and robots

Today we continue our reading of Soonish, a look at some future technologies, written and illustrated by Kelly and Zack Weinersmith.  In this post we’ll explore and discuss chapters 4-6, covering new forms of power, robots, and construction. If you’re just … Continue reading

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