Peer Editing


Having your “peers” read your paper and give you feedback can be very valuable to improving your writing. The problem is that nobody wants to comment on a classmate’s paper. What do you say? How can you give useful feedback. Here’s a method that may help: PQP. Praise. Question. Polish.

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Technology, Privacy & Security

Information technology is truly amazing: our phones and computers are such a part of our lives that it’s hard to imagine life without them. (Have you ever panicked when you forgot your phone at home?) They are so convenient and powerful, but they also have a dark side: they open us up to control, manipulation and having our most private and important information stolen. This next section of the class will look several different issues related to information technology, privacy and security.

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Nuclear #3: Necessary?

The other day, we looked at the continuing problems caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Though TEPCO is making good progress in the clean up, the people of Fukushima are still suffering. This situation will continue for many, many years, and will continue to be terribly expensive for Japanese taxpayers. Therefore, Nuclear Power is too dangerous and countries should not use it, right? Let’s consider this more carefully.

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