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My climate change work in Numérique responsable

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In October I gave a talk (online, of course) about climate change and the future of higher education.  EDUCAUSE hosted the event; accordingly, my focus was on campus information technology.  I appreciated the chance to try out m...

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Using social media for news: the latest Pew update

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How do people use social media? It turns out, a lot of Americans turn to these platforms for news.  The invaluable Pew Research Center just updated us on their latest findings, and the results should be very useful for anyone thi...

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Higher education in January 2021

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How does higher education stand this month? Last week the Future Trends Forum hosted Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney, authors of the just-published The Low-Density University: 15 Scenarios for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins Unive...

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On the Future Trends Forum for the next two months+

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I wrote this post before and after rioters stormed the United States Capitol building. I have notes for a post about that… event, but that’s come after this one because of scheduling. Today I’d like to announce t...

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Our Ministry for the Future reading: the end

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Today we conclude our reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future. If you’re new to the book club, welcome! Here’s the introductory post.  We started back in November. With this post we start discussing the f...

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2020 and me: personal reflections

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Here’s a 2020 story: this Tuesday my wife became the first person in our house to get a COVID-19 vaccine. She received it so soon because of her new job as a contact tracer for the county east of ours. The vaccine was the Mo...

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Wreckage and hope: looking towards 2021 from 2020

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What can 2020 tell us about higher education in 2021? It’s still too early to really make this call, in some ways.  2020 is too fresh, too close, and too riven by a mixture of fierce political fighting and enormous amounts ...

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Queen sacrifice in Pennsylvania

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit higher education hard in many nations.  In the United States many colleges and universities suffer from virus-caused financial pressures, from decreased enrollment to reductions in state funding.  T...

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Our Ministry for the Future reading: part 4

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Today we continue with our reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry for the Future. If you’re new to our online book club, greetings! Here’s the introductory post.  Today’s we’re deep in the novel, about 2/3rds of the...

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