Tracy Mitrano

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March 12, 2013
Obviously time has come for Harvard to have a community conversation on access and privacy of electronic content.  This conversation should address conflicts among and between policies and especially those rules that vest permissions and authority differently per campus constituencies.
March 10, 2013
A couple of days ago, New York Times Columnist Charles Blow wrote of how big debt is the "dangerous new normal" for young graduates.
March 9, 2013
At this juncture I would like to say a few words about MOOCs. First, let’s level set: MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Classroom. While distance education is as old at least as correspondence courses, MOOCs are distinguishable as using Internet technologies to bring free education to students globally. The erstwhile Stanford professor – erstwhile because his “experiment” created such an uproar and opportunity that he has since left Stanford to found his own MOOC company, Udacity, -- who spearheaded this term set off a tipping point for a generation of efforts in what is otherwise known as “distance” or “distributed” education.
March 7, 2013
Reviewing the spectrum of challenges leads us to think about pedagogy itself. Rote test questions and answers increasingly are not how students learn, if they were ever useful for anything more than a benchmark of basic facts.
March 5, 2013
In the United States, college or university is a privilege. It is not a right, it most certainly is not a legal requirement.  With their admission, students are invited to join a unique community of scholars and scholarship. Academic integrity is the core component of the expectations we set for students.
March 4, 2013
Canisius College in Buffalo, New York invited me to speak on the subject of academic integrity last Friday.  Below is my speech in blog-length installments.  It is not the first time I have written about academic integrity -- hence the "redux," -- but it is a topic that current developments, MOOCs not least, and upon which the future of higher education rests.  I hope these thoughts contribute to a conversation that puts the dynamics of academic integrity front and center of our collective efforts going forward.
February 26, 2013
I predict that this entry will generate more comments than most.  I propose that we watch France closely on its plan to tax the Internet, because the United States might want to follow suit.  On first reflex I could not imagine a stand more likely to unite cross sections of the political spectrum from libertarians to liberals than this one.  In all my days of work in IT I have never met a single person who did anything but reject any policy except the most hands-off ones regarding data networking.  Why should we change gears now?
February 19, 2013
Scanning the headlines today, I came across this article about Oxford University turning off Google Docs. Having made a friend at Oxford of a colleague in IT there, Tony Brett, I looked at my watch, recognized that it was noon for him, emailed him the link with a subject line: Tell Me More!  To which Tony immediately replied with this more extended discussion of the technical security rational for the administrative decision.
February 14, 2013
That is the name of the White House's press release about an executive order that President Obama signed yesterday.
February 7, 2013
Did anyone outside of New York City happen to catch this story about Baruch College? In the scope of international Internet policy it is a proverbial drop in the bucket.  But for higher education information technology policy it is an important story.  And a good step that administrators there made in how they handled a challenge that in the past has stymied administrators and angered students.

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