Tag Archives: Zygmunt Bauman

Of heresies, heretics, and the (im)possibility of hope in higher education


 Detail: Bucher Boys (1985/86) by Jane Alexander  Abandon all hope, ye who enter here (Inferno, Dante)  Amidst the absolute horror, fear and nausea triggered by events such as the recent attacks in #Beirut, #Paris and #Mali, and the continued sponsored … Continue reading

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Modernity and its outcasts – the role of higher education


Right now there are about 42 million displaced people in the world.   One in every 170 persons in the world has been uprooted by war.  …  About one third of them are officially recognized refugees because they have crossed an … Continue reading

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Alliances of hope: breaking cycles of poverty and despair


Amidst increasing concerns that higher education does not seem to make a dent in unemployment rates; many stakeholders (including students) ask various questions not only with regard to the purpose of higher education, but also about its curricula, assessment strategies, … Continue reading

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The Ni-Ni generation: thoughts on the purpose of higher education (#CFHE12)


Can higher education change the future social stratification of society or will higher education continue to duplicate and perpetuate inequality? Should we hold higher education accountable for decreasing existing and future inequalities? With increasing numbers of graduates finding themselves joining … Continue reading

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In the antechamber of hope: Higher and distance education and (un)employment (#CFHE12)


There are different reasons why people hope. Many people believe that there is a reason why things happen, or that things will work out fine. This group most probably overlaps with another group who believes that the future will be … Continue reading

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Of missiles, the three little pigs and the future of higher education (#CFHE12)


“… we no longer possess a home; we are repeatedly called upon to build and then rebuild one, like the three little pigs of the fairy tale, or we have to carry it along with us on our backs like … Continue reading

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Of kittens and tigers in open education (#oped12)


In a blog post in 2003, George Siemens wondered whether OER, at that stage, was not just (yet another) cute kitten.  It is almost incomprehensible that one would find someone who does not love cute kittens, and therefore, by the … Continue reading

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