• Book Review: Flexible higher education: International pioneers reflect

    I was asked to do this book review about a year and a half ago, and only finally got around to it.  In some ways, that’s a good thing–I would have probably had different things to say about it at that time.  My response to this book is very much influenced by the ed tech conversations of the last few years, so even though this book came out three years ago and has already had many other reviews, it’s kind of fun to read it and think about it in the current context.  It’s been submitted to the Journal of Distance Education, and it should appear in the next issue.…

  • Revisiting Gee and affinity spaces

    I found a book review that I had written but never submitted for publication, mainly because I found myself wondering why or if anybody reads book reviews published in scholarly journals, especially ones that require a subscription. Book reviews are essentially well-constructed opinions, and who really needs to pay for that? But book reviews in the blogosphere make sense, and I've found myself hunting for them from time to time. This is a review of an 'old' 2004 publication of Gee's, but the topic is still very much relevant: the intersection of school as a cultural practice, literacy, and video games. I reviewed it in 2005, and I have to…

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