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November 16, 2011
Plagiarism is a penny ante thing, a measly squalor.  It's like insider trading - a pervasive, petty, ploy that excites indignation and punishment, but, precisely because of its simmering ubiquity, fails to boil up to a real problem.
November 15, 2011
I didn’t want to write about the Penn State scandal. People smarter and more insightful than I have already written about it (and continue to) and I have to admit the topic makes me physically ill. I also have never wanted to write a post lamenting all the current events my students know nothing about or even know exist; it’s not particularly constructive, and would only serve the purpose to vent. And yet today, I find myself compelled to write about both those subjects.
November 15, 2011
What if college got cheaper as you went along?
November 15, 2011
Ten years ago, Abigail Sellen and Richard Harper published a nifty book about how and why people use paper in their workplaces. The Myth of the Paperless Office reported ethnographic observations of people struggling to do things with computers that they were used to doing on paper; sometimes there were good reasons why paper was so persistent. The title reminded us that the “paperless office” we were promised decades ago is a joke - on us. We use more paper than ever and manage to have disorderly desktops both literally and digitally. That's a funny kind of progress.
November 15, 2011
Often when writing blog posts or papers, I end up dissecting not just a policy or educational issue but also the specific terms in which it is being described and discussed. I start to pick apart the terms and limits of the discussion alongside my engagement with the argument. Far from being a quirky habit, this kind of attention to language is a key element of much of the work I do.
November 15, 2011
I just don't think that hierarchy works in organizations that live at the intersection of education and technology. 
November 15, 2011
Yesterday marked the deadline for the first round of submissions for the 2011 DML Competition.  This year's topic:  designing badges for lifelong learning. How will these badges, part of Mozilla's Open Badges Project, affect higher ed?
November 15, 2011
This week I will attend my 14th annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in Charlotte, NC. Each year I learn about which research topics are of interest to this community of scholars and try to gain a sense of which issues have the most potential to change the way we conceive problems or the way higher education professionals practice.
November 14, 2011
I have a close, longtime friend who has lived the mixed blessing of getting what she has wanted, when she has wanted it.  Luckily for her, she generally has good taste, but she has boxed herself into corners a few times when circumstances refused to conspire to save her from herself. I’m thinking that the last couple of years are conspiring to save for-profit higher ed from itself.
November 14, 2011
The good news is that at several public universities in Brazil, students are being allowed space in the curriculum to add classes of their own choosing to the pre-defined program of study.  Okay, most of these choices must be made within their area of study.  But there is also an allowance to choose a certain number of credits from any degree program offered at the university.  That’s where the good news ends

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