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Thursday is TechDay: “What’s cloud computing anyway?”

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles If you love new technology, you probably also love learning new technology terms. If you don’t love technology, then the vocabulary of technological innovation can be a barrier to understanding what are often simple concepts. For those of you who were afraid to ask, “What’s cloud computing anyway?” Today is your lucky […]

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Boycotts and Associations

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have been vice president of Division J of AERA, and most recently a member-at-large.  In between those stints, I was president of ASHE. During my first term on the AERA Council the citizens of California passed Proposition187.  I was one of the more outspoken voices on the Council that we should […]

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Community and the purpose of education, part I

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens The teachers’ lounge is an interesting place to listen. Depending on the assortment of individuals, conversation topics range from (very) personal to (sort of) professional. As a teacher around this time of the year–when instructors are bombarded with new policies and directives from administrators–I often heard colleagues ask, “How much should schools do?” […]

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The Emmys and Academics

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney The Emmys were last night, and I’d like to weigh in on one TV series.  I do, after all, live in Los Angeles.  I’ve been catching up on various programs over the last year (thank god for Tivo!) and currently the best show on television, hands-down, is HBO’s Treme.   The writing is […]

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Blog by numbers

By Stefani Relles

This academic year, we’ve decided to let the numbers blog/speak for themselves on certain Fridays. To this end, we will be posting various tables and charts that pertain to the research we are conducting at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA). If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email us. […]

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TechGrrrls are people too

By Stefani Relles

Is technology gendered? I was recently struck by this question while perusing interactive panel proposals for SXSW. The proposal emerged from the assumption that technology itself is masculine territory, grouped, I assume, with the hard sciences. I suppose there’s some truth to the stereotype of technology as the domain of freaky, geeky men with horn-rimmed […]

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Hits and Misses

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I’ve always been bothered when the talking heads on news shows state categorically what’s going to happen, but when their prognostication doesn’t turn out, they still are turned to for their sage opinions.    Dick Morris, for example, was sure that Hilary Clinton was going to face Condi Rice in the presidential election; […]

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The excitement and potential of a new school year

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Last week, I flew home for a short break before the hustle and bustle of the fall semester and my third year begins. To escape the D.C. heat and humidity, I spent a lot of time swimming with my niece and nephews. In between hurling them across the pool–to their mother and […]

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We’re Back!

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney We’re Back! The summer should be a time for respite and reflection, and I had some of that, but we also were extremely busy.  Our writing program, SummerTime, successfully concluded its 9th summer.   Gib Hentschke and I are also doing a project on privatization that has consumed more time than we envisioned […]

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Summer hiatus

By Stefani Relles

21st Century Scholar will be on break until Monday, August 23rd. We look forward to picking up where we left off then. In the meantime, enjoy the summer.

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