Category Archives: future of education

Considering one spectacular black swan for education

How would educators respond in case of one black swan event: the internet going down? I don’t mean when a local provider has issues, or if one’s institution is based in a rural area, or when a campus goes offline for … Continue reading

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Today I traveled to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to participate in the University of Mary Washington‘s Open Education Resources Summit, organized by the excellent Steven Greenlaw. Many fine folks and organizations are represented, like OpenStax, Gardner Campbell, Lee Skallerup, Robin DeRosa,  Jeff … Continue reading

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What should one do? Looking for practical advice for people on today’s academic market

Over the past few months various friends, professional contacts, and random people have asked me for advice about succeeding – or surviving – in today’s academic job market in the United States. These folks (and their friends) are well-educated, passionate, … Continue reading

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Imagining the future of museums: winners from the AAM contest

What will museums become in the future? To explore this question the Center for the Future of Museums sponsored a story competition.  Creators had to imagine what the future of education could look like, with museums playing a leading role: … Continue reading

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a  very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education. In the book’s first half McGee does a great job of exploring transformative forces in economics, demographics, and culture. Demographics: … Continue reading

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Automation in spring 2016: two glimpses of the future of technology and education

Two reports crossed my feeds recently, each concerning the intersection of automation and humans.  Taken together, they give insights into some ways education and automation may interact. I’m not talking about Google’s spectacular triumph at having an AI win at … Continue reading

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Paying for higher education is getting even harder

Just how affordable is American higher education?  It’s harder to pay for than ever, according to Jeff Selingo in an important, very accessible article, which I recommend sharing. He breaks this down by cost (what colleges charge, nominally*) and ability to … Continue reading

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