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March 3, 2008 - 4:17pm
Although nobody here has addressed it directly, as far as I've noticed, there's a definite theme underlying many of the discussions here. In discussions of topics as varied as teacher education, workforce development, and the need for more cc funding generally, the headline usually comes with a qualifier: what we *really* mean is a need for more STEM (science,
March 3, 2008 - 11:29am
One of the purposes of conferences, I think, is to facilitate serendipity. Like when a not-very-enlightening presentations leads, almost despite itself, to a very enlightening Q-and-A. Or when two very different takes on the same concept help you nail down what makes you uneasy about both. After an earnest but not terribly helpful discussion of one college's attempt to move to the "Learning College" model - again, an entire session based on one college - a surprisingly lively discussion ensued in which I saw that the critical mind is not dead.
March 3, 2008 - 12:44am
Even if I hadn’t known Unofficial St. Pat’s Day was Friday at Illinois, I would have known something was up. As I walked in to campus along my usual route at 10:30 a.m., I could hear muted shouts from distant apartment buildings. A twin turboprop went over twice at a weirdly low altitude, nearly building-top level, and in the distance a black JetRanger helicopter orbited above some point on campus.
March 2, 2008 - 4:00pm
The League for Innovation conference has a very different feel than the conferences I used to attend in my scholarly discipline. It makes sense, given that it serves such a different purpose, but I was surprised at how immediately noticeable the difference was.
March 2, 2008 - 5:45am
A war's raging between two in-house bloggers at the Chronicle of Higher Education. One's an overpaid university president (he recently left his position); the other's a professor who's an activist on behalf of contingent faculty. Here's a scene from it. There won't be many more battles. The president's position is indefensible. He will withdraw.
March 1, 2008 - 10:21am
For those of you interested in entering my Little Truths Writing Contest, there's about a week left to get those entries in. Deadline is midnight, March 7th, so warm up your word processing machines and submit for a chance at cash and prizes!
February 29, 2008 - 11:21am
Would you people please take it easy, today and tomorrow, and use your heads? I'm coming out to take a look, and I don't want any part of me getting damaged--least of all my delicate sensibilities.
February 29, 2008 - 7:24am
Well, it appears that yesterday's article on an open access journal published by the library at Indiana University has generated quite a level of response — some from professors, some from university press personnel, the last one (at this writing) from a librarian. Lots of folks listing lots of reasons why traditional, peer-reviewed print journals are better than open access (free) journals, even if the OA journals are reviewed by exactly the same peers. If you haven’t looked it over, you probably should.
February 29, 2008 - 5:03am
This story made me smile. Someone out there in the real world actually knows how to use a semicolon! Never mind that the use is inelegant; it's technically correct, unpretentious, and practical.
February 27, 2008 - 10:47pm
This weekend, TW and I are flying out to Denver, where I'll be attending and blogging the League for Innovation in the Community College conference. It's my first 'roving reporter' gig, which I think means I have to buy a brown fedora and a tan trenchcoat. (Any regular correspondents or commenters who plan to be there and want to arrange a meetup, shoot me an email!) I'll be posting my reports on my IHE site, so readers who usually read me on my original site will have a chance to check that out.

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