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Three Reasons Why Higher Education Should (and Can) Change

This week a journalist asked me to list three principles that underlie and motivate my interest in institutional transformation for higher education.  It’s always an interesting exercise when someone asks for a finite number–it’s never representative or complete but pushes one to a certain prioritizing and synthesizing, however provisional.  This week, here are my three.   […]

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The Single Best Method For Class (Or Any Kind of) Participation (Thx SciFi Genius Samuel Delany)

Whenever the great science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany teaches or gives a talk, he asks questions and has one requirement:  everyone has to raise a hand.  Everyone.  Whether one knows the answer, doesn’t know, or doesn’t understand the question, he insists that every hand go up and he calls someone at random.  They can […]

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Mix it Up! How Equity Can Enhance Innovation–and How #FuturesEd Works Toward Those Goals

We’re all abuzz here with conversation, analysis, dismay, and all the rest about a recent article in the Atlantic that paints a grim picture of the way even the City University of New York–arguably the most equitable public education in America, where over 80% of our graduates leave tuition-debt free–still does not escape the inequality […]

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The Invention of Failure

What if we got rid of “flunk out courses” that were defined as “rigorous and demanding” and, instead, set our goal as ensuring the success of every student in equally “rigorous and demanding” courses?   That is, what if we decided what we thought of as excellence in a given course and then not only agreed […]

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Collaborative Learning for a Digital Age

This is an excerpt from Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011).   It was published, in this condensed format, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education. August 26, 2011 Collaborative Learning for the Digital Age Kevin Van […]

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What Are We Missing in Higher Ed and How Can We Change It–Today?: Podcast

Bonni Stachoiwiak did a great job interviewing me and editing this podcast on “Teaching in Higher Ed,” “How To See What We’re Missing in Higher Ed“: Follow here on Twitter:  Bonni Stachowiak @bonni208:  Thanks so much, Bonni.  It was great talking to you–and I love your blog and podcasts. “How to see what we’ve been missing […]

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Five Ways to Be Part of “Mapping the Futures of Higher Ed” #FuturesEd

“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” is a series of courses at the Graduate Center and throughout the CUNY system.  It is also a collaborative, peer-driven movement to rethink the best ways of learning for higher education–and YOU are invited to participate.  Here’s how: Sign up for the Futures Initiative Group on and you […]

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What Is a Dissertation? New Models, New Methods, New Media #remixthediss — When? October 10, 4.00-5.30pm EST, see more detailed schedule below. Where? English Department Lounge (Room 4406), The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016 Live streamed? The event will be livestreamed here. Live tweeted? It will be  live tweeted (#remixthediss) by […]

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