Category Archives: Education

Gen-Ed Ethics and the Failure of “Alternative Views”

One of the challenges of teaching an ethics class in a non-denominational college is accommodating students who arrive with a particular religious background. Given the demographics of my classrooms this is typically some form of Christianity, and quite understandably some … Continue reading

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Guinea Pigs in the Climate Change Debate

Valerie Richardson’s report in the Washington Post on the latest testimony before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee illuminates the complex and intractable problems we face in making decisions. On the face of it, the testimony was the typical … Continue reading

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Dominating the Conversation

As far as I can tell, much research into ‘digital behavior’ still distinguishes spoken or traditional text based communication from newer forms, lumping together the various modes of smart device communication (email, posts, Tweets, etc.) as if the specific mechanisms … Continue reading

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The Broken Promise, Part 4: A New Promise?

Collectively exploring topographies of information may well solve a problem most colleges face: first year composition/information literacy training. The typical second semester composition course combines instruction in information literacy and in the rhetorical forms of argument and persuasion. We expect … Continue reading

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The Broken Promise, Part 3: Have a seat. This one. Beside me.

As teachers with advanced academic degrees, we spent years living more in the past than in the present. We acquired a body of knowledge that came from the past and we reinvested it in our theses and our course plans; … Continue reading

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The Broken Promise, Part 2: Educating Those Drowning in Now

For several years, I have asked students in my classes to keep personal logs of internet use or assigned them to do surveys of other people’s internet activities. The results often surprise them. They discover that they or others spend … Continue reading

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The Broken Promise: Lance Strate, Social Network Immersion, and Education, Part 1

Among the many profound observations Lance Strate made in “On the Binding Biases of Time,” his discussion of our present-centeredness has kept me pacing back and forth the longest. What follows is an attempt to collect in one place the … Continue reading

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