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New data on student debt

How much do students owe in college loans?  New data has just appeared from the Institute for College Access & Success (ICAS or TICAS) , and their report is essential, if unsurprising, reading for anyone interested in American post-secondary education. Some … Continue reading

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Another campus in sharp decline

I haven’t been writing much about queen sacrifices or other problems in higher education financing for a while, mostly for time reasons.  Let me get back on track, and start with one Illinois campus. Last spring I wrote about problems … Continue reading

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Genetic engineering, augmented reality, and the extractive economy: starting off _Company Town_

Last week a bunch of you decided to read Company Town in our near-future science fiction online book club.  Here’s a post for talking about the novel’s first third. First I’ll offer a quick summary of the plot so far. Next I’ll … Continue reading

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It’s time to blow up the tv “town meeting” scam

I have plenty of reactions to last night’s presidential debate (quick list here), but wanted to expand on one in particular in this post. We have to stop doing tv town halls.  We have to stop it now. Because they … Continue reading

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology, Part 2

People liked my Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology post so much that I’ll return the favor by offering another installment here. In fact, my cruel and inhumane post inspired a great deal of creative writing by commentators.  I’ve included many of them … Continue reading

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The future election takes off: finishing _Infomocracy_

And so we come to the end of Malka Older’s Infomocracy (all posts here).  All kinds of things happen in the novel’s second half, so if you haven’t read those chapters yet, be warned that here be spoilers. Overall, I … Continue reading

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. … Continue reading

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