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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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Social Media and Technology in Schools–What We Can Learn from Sex Ed

I recently grabbed dinner with an educator interested in pursuing a PhD.  Before talking about preparing for graduate programs, we shared stories about our experiences teaching.  She told one story about social media, however, that bothered me. The middle school where she first taught banned all forms of social media by students on school property. […]

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Change from the Inside

Some think that the For-Profit Higher Education Industry in the United States is on life support.  In May, Corinthian Colleges, filed for Chapter 11 protection and closed its doors, leaving thousands of students without a college to go to and millions (perhaps billions) of dollars in loans for the government to forgive.  The largest and best […]

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Marketing the College Experience: A Problem for the Online University?

Recently, over 3,000 students who applied to the University of Florida for their undergraduate education received welcome news of their acceptance… with a single caveat: they had to take their entire first year of classes online. Back in September 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott authorized the creation of UF Online, allocating $35 million over five years […]

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We’re In This Together

Not all education conferences are the same. Before last week, the only conferences I attended were held by the American Education Researcher’s Association (AERA) conference.  Both of my experiences at AERA were transformative for my growth as a researcher and engaged academic. The conference I attended last week, Digital Media and Learning (DML), had a […]

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Can Academic Publishing Be Disrupted?

The proliferation of academic journals creates a problem for any scholars who want to stay up-to-date on the newest research in their fields.  Years ago, when I taught music history, it was a simple matter to walk over to the library and skim through the 15-20 journals that were central to my scholarly interests.  Today, […]

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Parents Use of Technology With Their Kids: Does it Matter?

“What are we reading tonight?” My sister and I would fight over which book we wanted our mom to read. We usually took turns choosing the story.  When we were feeling especially obstinate, my mom would make the executive decision and select the book herself.  Once my sister and I were both reading fluently, my […]

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What Wealthy Kids Do Doesn’t Matter — Refocusing Digital Divide Research

“I used to have three k but my account got deleted,” one of my high school students said to her friend about Instagram. Being the nosy teacher that I was, I asked, “You had three k what?” “Three k followers Mr. T. Over three thousand? Catch up Mr. T., I thought you was hip.” The […]

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Do We Really Need More STEM Graduates?

A common assumption is that there is a desperate need for more students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Almost everyone believes it – which is why schools of engineering, for example, are experiencing a boom, and history departments are a bust.  Administrators, faculty, students, parents, and policymakers all argue that we’re throwing good […]

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Disruptive Innovation: Prophetic Vision or Belabored Buzzword?

The rhetoric surrounding “disruptive innovation,” first theorized by Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen, has caused anxiety among many in higher education who worry that universities will soon join the ranks of Borders bookstores and the VHS.  According to Christensen, disruptive innovations are marked by four factors: 1) simplicity, 2) affordability, 3) convenience, and 4) the […]

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