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August 12, 2013

Student Loan Lifestyles
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, August 12, 2013

I borrowed heavily to attend univerisity, but I don't really fit either of the two categories of student identified by the author, as I spent a lot of time on student activities. Still, every Friday night and Saturday night was spent working at 7-Eleven. So yeah, the core observation remains true: "The key fact, she said, is that students who borrow 'are different,' and that when they have less time or inclination to participate in student activities, 'they are missing some of the quintessential college experience.'"

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Q&A: Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalf talks about what's next for the Internet
Shelly Bradbury, timesfreepress.com, August 11, 2013


Sounding like Cisco CEO John Chambers, ethernet inventor Bob Metcalf says MOOCs are a bad idea, like books. "But moocs are a bad idea just like books were. You used to sit around the campfire and hear the story directly from the teacher. And now, thanks to books, we read the stories. Like Great Gatsby. I’ve never met F. Scott Fitzgerald. So yeah, moocs are a bad idea just like books."

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A Resource and Planning Toolkit for Universities in Africa
August 9, 2013

This looks interesting, "A Resource and Planning Toolkit for Universities in Africa” by Douglas Fountain and JoEllyn Murillo Fountain:

This is all froom a new SCUP 'MOJO' which "celebrates the publication of this new SCUP book in support of the global higher education community."

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