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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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Et Tu, Abe? Massive Cuts in Japanese Higher Education for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This past June, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (otherwise known as MEXT) delivered a message to each of the 86 national universities in Japan: to take “active steps to abolish [humanities and social sciences or HSS] organizations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs.” Naturally, […]

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My Son, the 22nd Century Scholar – A First Look Back

About four years ago, I lamented the fact that education had few futurists. When I was growing up and being educated, we had all types of people who would dream of how things would work in some future America. 100 years ago, the world looked very different than it does today but there were writers and […]

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I Coded that Dress!

“I coded that dress!” is not an exclamation that most of us get to make every day–or probably ever. Many of us buy dresses, wear dresses, or perhaps on a bad day tear or stain one. We may love or hate them. Most of us have never coded one. But that’s exactly what a group […]

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Changing the Narrative

Last week, Antar shared a compelling post about Ahmed Mohamed – the high school student who was arrested for bringing a clock to school because authorities mistakenly thought it was a bomb. I was outraged when I initially head the story – for many of the same reasons that Antar outlined so well in his […]

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Remembering A Feeling–Being the New Kid on the First Day of School

The last time I contributed to this blog I was Amanda Ochsner, grad student. Today I write to you as Amanda Ochsner, PhD. If I’m being honest, I’m still getting used to the new title. Forgoing jargon, “weird” is the best word I have to describe the feeling. Finishing your PhD is like many other […]

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What Can We Learn from UF Online?

Just three months ago, I questioned the wisdom of Florida’s $35 million investment in UF Online. With seemingly little strategic planning or consultation of faculty, the University of Florida forged an 11 year contract with Pearson Embanet in 2013 to create a platform for online bachelor’s degrees. Exceptionally optimistic (some would say highly unrealistic) goals […]

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Back-to-school: Gearing up the FITW grant

September brings the new school year and all that comes with it– back to school sale shopping, new folders, pens, calculators, new schools, friendships, and projects. We’re doing things a little differently this year on Thursdays at 21stcenturyscholar. We’re almost in our second year of the First in the World Grant (FITW)and we’re getting started with the […]

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Digital Identity

We had a desktop in the den of our house. In the year 2000, the Y2k hysteria slowly wearing off, laptops were not as accessible as they are now. We all shared the one desktop—my mother, grandparents, sister, and me. My grandfather bought an extra phone line so we could use the dial-up connection and […]

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When the Skills aren’t Enough – Tech Discrimination

The virtual world is not in a vacuum. Although some tout it as a race and gender-blind space, many people realize that social ills and biases seep into cyber space. The Internet is not immune to racism. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. referred to this phenomenon as cyber segregation, explaining that, “Today, however, blacks are […]

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