I’ve remarked before that the life cycle of social media platforms shares more than a passing resemblance to the evolution of stars. Most start as experiments that attract users and developers seeking…
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Education, especially college education, is facing an existential crisis. Partially due to demographic factors, and in part due to decisions made by policy-makers at national, local, and academic levels, colleges and universities are struggling to stay afloat. What’s more, there are signs that conditions are likely to get far worse for the academic world for at least the next couple of decades. The question this raises ultimately comes down to “what is it that we as a society want out of our education institutions, and what is likely going to need to change for them to survive moving forward?” I hope to be able to provide at least some answers to these question in this issue of The Cagle Report.
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Way back in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, then a young English software developer working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, came up with an intriguing way of combining a communication protocol for retrieving content (HTTP) with a descriptive language for embedding such links into documents (HTML). Shortly thereafter, as more and more people began to create content on these new HTTP servers, it became necessary to be able to provide some kind of mechanism to find this content.
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