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Top Three Takeaways from First in the World

By Laurel Felt

When I joined the First in the World (FITW) team this January, I brought a unique perspective. I was eager to learn about managing a big project – all of my previous projects had been small or mid-sized. I also was equipped to put this learning in context. As researcher-practitioner specializing in 21st century learning, […]

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Addressing and Innovating Around Entrenched Challenges

By Zoe B. Corwin

Six years ago, the Pullias Center for Higher Education, along with USC’s Game Innovation Lab, launched a project to increase college access through a play-based approach. The rationale informing the project was twofold: to engage students through mediums they enjoyed — and to create a scalable college guidance tool. Over the next few years, educational […]

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Third-Level Digital Divide

By Antar Tichavakunda

Like most of the cool kids, I subscribe to Google Scholar Alerts. All of the new research about the digital divide is shipped to my email. A few days ago, I read, for the first time, about the third level digital divide. You’ve probably heard of the digital divide. It’s a buzzword for differences in […]

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Calibrating the Mechanics of Games with the Realities of Students

By Amanda Ochsner

One of the principles of good educational game design is that you want the actions that players take through your game to meaningfully align with the game’s learning goals. A good rule of thumb is that if you could swap out your game’s topic or narrative with something else, then the mechanics likely only superficially […]

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Qualitative Research as Public Scholarship

By Randy Clemens

At this year’s AERA conference, Bill Tierney and I presented a paper, “The Role of Ethnography as Ethical and Policy-Relevant Public Scholarship.” We had a great panel, including Rob Rhoads, Jessica Lester, Laurence Parker, and Yvonna Lincoln. Fellow blogger Antar chaired. Michelle Fine acted as discussant, providing great commentary. The idea for the symposium developed […]

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Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 2)

By Ricardo Azziz

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, there are certain aspects to Surviving and Thriving, which includes learning leadership and having an effective network. Today, I want to look at three other points. Understanding “Expectations” Young leaders often run afoul of the administration of their units because they simply do not take the time to clearly […]

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Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 1)

By Ricardo Azziz

Considering that graduation season is soon upon us, it seems like an appropriate time to remember that no matter what we do or what our current station is, most of us operate in some sort of organization. And a good time to remind ourselves that surviving and thriving in these institutions requires proactively engaging with […]

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The Crazy Cat Lady Talks Education

By Monique Datta

via GIPHY Have you ever found yourself so upset about something you saw or experienced that you knew immediately that you had to do something about it? Well, something recently happened to me. I truly believe it has changed me personally and professionally. My philosophy of education has perhaps not completely changed, but it has […]

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Taking a Risk at the AERA Meeting

By Kristan Venegas

The Annual Education Research Association meeting is happening this week. I’m presenting a paper on my shoes.  Yes, that’s right, my shoes. And gender. And race. And how those things affect how I might be perceived as a professor, especially in the classroom. The paper isn’t mine alone. I co-wrote it with Araceli Espinoza-Wade, a […]

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Thoughts While Ranking Universities

By Michael Lanford

A week or so ago, I opened my email and discovered an “invitation to influence the outcome” of one of the numerous university rankings that are proliferating at a seemingly endless pace. Although I have criticized rankings in the past, I’ll admit that I was internally thrilled.  For years, I have looked through college and […]

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