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Superman and Chainsaws

By Zoe B. Corwin

Most of my blog entries for the 21st Century Scholar discuss games or technology.  I have been arguing that game-based strategies have the potential to increase postsecondary opportunities for low-income students.  I will return to the theme in subsequent blogs.  Today I want to write about what is NOT a game.  Earlier this evening, I […]

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Booleans: The fountain of digital youth

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles What would you say if I promised that reading today’s post will prolong your life? For those of you who believe that learning to use new technology takes too long, this one’s for you. Sure, it’s counterintuitive to spend hours getting up to speed on new software when the “old version” seems […]

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Canaries in the Academic Coal Mine

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Canaries are delicate birds that are susceptible to drafts.   Coal miners have long brought these fragile creatures into coal mines because the health and well-being of these little birds tells them something about the mine.  If canaries die, then the coal miners know, hopefully not too late, that the mine has had […]

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Katy Perry, you’re awesome; Tom Jefferson, you need a makeover.

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens High school students know who Katy Perry is. She’s a socialite. She has a song, “I Kissed a Girl.” She dated the tattooed guy from Gym Class Heroes and now is engaged to  the funny guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Teenagers could, I’m sure, also fill-in-the-blanks for numerous other pop culture figures: […]

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Debt Burden: Part II + Academic Research

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Here’s an interesting point about the need for research in a particular area, and how important it is that academics do it. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) did a study, of sorts, of 15 for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs).  They found misconduct and fraud at virtually all of the 15 institutions.  They […]

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Frequent flyer miles, coupons and more!

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin When was the last time you justified a purchase by using a Mileage credit card.  “At least I’m earning miles,” you might have uttered after the credit card receipt was handed your way.  Or perhaps you recently went out of your way to visit a particular coffee shop (or yogurt shop or […]

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Thursday is TechDay: What’s an app?

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles What’s an app? The short answer is that an “app” is an abbreviation for application. An application is just computer software designed to help the user perform singular (or multiple related) tasks. Applications are nothing new. Your word processing program? That’s an application. Always has been. Always will be. The abbreviation of the term application to […]

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Elevator Music

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I work in a tall building.  We all use the elevator to get where we’re going.  Because of the weird configuration of the building and the even weirder hours of the faculty, I can go weeks, or months, without seeing a colleague until he or she pops onto the elevator.  There are […]

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Found Reform: (Re)Imagining Social Possibilities

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Bricolage (bree-kuh-lahzh), n. 1. a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. 2. (in literature) a piece created from diverse resources. 3. (in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork. 4. the use of multiple, diverse research methods. When I was an undergrad, some […]

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The Abuse of Governance

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Albion College’s Board of Trustees has tried to lay a problem at the faculty’s doorstep and in doing so they have committed one of the larger infractions of shared governance that I have seen in quite some time.  The Board decided that they needed to shrink the faculty by 15 positions – […]

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