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Anya Kamenetz

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Can We Move Beyond the MOOC to Reclaim Open Learning?

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 8:40 PM

The mushrooming of university-sponsored Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs or xMOOCs, over the last year and a half through the growth of the Coursera, Udacity and edx platforms, has pushed the conversation about innovations in higher education from the sidelines into the national spotlight.

Millions have...

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Yes, We Can Have It All -- Here's What It Takes

(181) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 3:10 PM

As soon as Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," hit my mailbox, I devoured it, and I've been discussing it all week with friends, my husband and yes, my nanny.

I think her attitude is unnecessarily defeatist. You know what? I...

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Abolishing Student Loan Debt And Other #OccupyWallSt Demands

(71) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 6:21 PM

Student loan debt has become a defining issue of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The nation's cumulative student loan debt surpassed our cumulative credit card debt in 2010, and is heading north of $1 trillion; currently two-thirds of graduates take out loans, an average of $27,000 a head....

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#OccupyEverywhere: University of the Streets

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 3:28 PM

Although I live in New York, I stopped by Occupy Seattle on Tuesday night--I was in town for a launch event for The Edupunks' Guide, my new free ebook for independent, free and open learners.

Seattle is no stranger to street protests. About 100 people were...

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Generation Debt at the Barricades

(29) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:42 PM

Seven years ago I wrote a cover story for the Village Voice headlined "A Sleeping Class: Young Americans Fight for Every Cause But Their Own."
Starting with that story, which later became a book, my beat was the economic headwinds young people are facing: mounting...

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Graduating Millions Faster and Cheaper

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 11:03 AM

If colleges weren't so provincial, the education system could become a lot more productive and stop wasting so many peoples' time and potential.

Jim Hooper, a father of five, earned his first bachelor's degree in 2009 from Thomas Edison State College. The public university in New Jersey has liberal transfer...

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DIY U, Educational Access, and the New Elitism

(6) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 5:00 AM

I just returned from a swing around some more or less non-elite colleges in the Midwest where I faced a common objection to DIY U:

You talk about access. But the students being left out of the current system are the ones who need more one-on-one support, so how...

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Students in Virginia Rally to Fight 25% Tuition Increases

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 1:52 PM

UPDATE: A new news article published on 10/7 gives details: The UMW's president is now proposing an additional up to 15.5% increase for 2010-2011, on top of an 8.2% increase announced in May, for a total 25% increase over last year, but it's not a done deal yet.

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E-Mentoring: Someone (Virtually) by Your Side

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 1:18 PM

I've been thinking a lot about e-mentoring lately.
Probably the most common objection to the DIY U vision is the supposed lack of personal connection when people are learning online. This is an important concern. No matter where you are on your educational journey, having a mentor...

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What's Up With Twentysomethings? In a Word, Economics

(377) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 11:50 AM

I can't believe we're going through this again.

In January 2005, Time magazine featured on its cover a photo of a young man in a shirt and dress slacks sitting in a sandbox. The headline: "They Just Won't Grow Up." The article featured the research of one Jeffrey...

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$830 Billion in Student Loans: The New Mortgage Bubble

(564) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 11:58 PM

A strange milestone was marked this week in the history of student loans. The total balance of all outstanding US student loans (given as $730 billion in DIY U, based on OMB estimates) is now estimated by Mark Kantrowitz of at more like $830 billion --...

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Cheating and Goodhart's Law

(25) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 5:54 PM

Lately the New York Times has been alive with stories and commentary about college students cheating using amazing new technological techniques like CTRL-C and CTRL-V.

I came across Goodhart's Law in my web wanderings several weeks ago, and it's been knocking about in my mind ever...

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Online Education and the Laying on of Hands

(18) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 5:02 PM

I had an excellent, thought-provoking discussion last week at UC San Diego courtesy of iGrad with a really well-chosen group of professors: Dr. Beyer of National University, a nonprofit online university that is the second-largest private institution in California; Dr. Allison Rossett, a professor of Educational Technology...

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U of California Resuscitates the Master Plan

(17) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Yesterday the University of California made a groundbreaking announcement that has the potential to break the tuition cost crisis and finally deliver the crucial benefits of higher education to millions of Americans and to tens of millions who demand it and deserve it around the world. They are...

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Are For-Profit Colleges Peddling Subprime Education?

(45) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 11:12 AM

The case for for-profits: They concentrate on students who are nontraditional (aka the new normal: working adults) and underserved by traditional colleges. They offer them help filling out the FAFSA forms, more convenience and better customer service. They aggressively pursue growth in enrollment -- growing at an estimated rate of...

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Credentialism and Higher Ed

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 12:10 PM

Probably the most common question I get about the future of higher ed is "But what about credentials?". In the words of Ezra Klein:

"So in Kamenetz's world -- a world that I agree would be far better for pure learning -- what steps into the role played by...

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Time for Illegal Internships to Come out of the Shadows

(23) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 11:45 AM

"Opportunity to create a commercial webisode series for New York City's most renowned Sports store."
"[Assist] a Brooklyn-based visual artist/art director/blogger/tastemaker with several upcoming projects."
"MODELING AGENCY --You will be required to do hands on work with assisting models and staff with the company."
"Exciting lingerie...

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Defeat of Student Lenders Is a Win for America

(70) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 12:57 PM

Since I started covering student loan debt in 2004, one fact has been abundantly clear: Giving away taxpayer money to banks so they can make student loans is bad policy.

Not only does it cost billions of dollars, not only is it unnecessary, but I argue in my

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The Jobless Millennials

(10) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 12:52 PM

This month's issue of The Atlantic contains a long, thoughtful and depressing article by Don Peck about the possible effects of long-term unemployment on the American national character.

One section in particular is very much up my alley: about how the shifting job market and how it...

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Obama Announces $100 Million to Prepare Students for College

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 9:33 AM

Crossposted from I'll be moving most of my posting over there for the next few months around the book launch.

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