Do you know the story of the Potemkin Villages? Russian Minister Gregory Potyomkin allegedly ordered the building of fake villages and imported “happy serfs” to impress Catherine II as she toured recently conquered territory in the Crimea in 1787. Whether myth or fact, today the term Potemkin Village has come to mean “an impressive façade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition.”
Kenneth C. Green
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October 31, 2010
October 17, 2010
Last week The Campus Computing Project announced the winners of the 2010 Digital Puck™ awards. The announcement was the part of my EDUCAUSE conference presentation summarizing the results of the 2010 Campus Computing Survey.
October 12, 2010
The EDUCAUSE Conference begins today in Anaheim. This annual gathering of higher ed’s tech tribes and tech providers is part professional meeting (lots of sessions) and part trade show (lots of tech firms on the exhibit floor). It’s a good venue for clarifying campus IT priorities (“what are others doing that we need to do here at Acme College”), and for creating wish lists (“look at all the stuff that tech firms have to offer to higher ed; if only we had money for this great stuff!”).
October 3, 2010
Here’s an interesting challenge for many of us who work in and around technology: can you explain your job – what you do – to your mom? What about the concept of Cloud Computing? Bonus points if you can help mom understand the link between Base 2 and Assembly Language?
September 15, 2010
Monday’s IHE article about Open Source lecture capture tools offers yet another reminder about the link between instructional resources, instructional expectations (entitlements?), and the campus IT infrastructure.
September 10, 2010
Have they left? Are they out of the building? Driving out of the parking lot? Departed from campus? Any question about who they are this time of year?
August 30, 2010
Please, esteemed reader, bear with me. What follows is not an apology for textbook publishers: good, bad, or otherwise, students, faculty, and publishers all share various parts of the pain of the broken business model for college textbooks. Rather, what follows is an effort to explain why the business model is broken.
August 26, 2010
Pity me, dear reader, as the hard drive on my notebook computer crashed earlier this month. While not as traumatic as a death in the family, the end of a marriage or long-term relationship, or sitting in the passenger seat the first time your teenager drives your car, the days following the crash were dark ones. Very difficult, very frustrating, and painfully unproductive.
August 22, 2010
Quick: name your five best school teachers or college professors, the individuals from primary school through graduate school who made a difference – a big difference – in your education and your life. Ok, pencils down. What made these men and women effective instructors? Great teachers? Memorable mentors? How do you know? By what metrics do you assess their impact and effectiveness? Which teachers and professors “added value?” Why do their names linger while other names are lost?
August 18, 2010
Much like new parking stickers, greetings from the dean, freshman orientation, long lines at the campus bookstore, and the reception to welcome new faculty and staff, the annual Beloit College "Mindset List" has become one of the back-to-campus rituals of American higher education. The Beloit List was launched in 1998 as a way to help academics understand the coming of age experience of the nation’s college freshmen.