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November 4, 2009 - 2:38pm
One recent morning while I was getting dressed, my four-year-old daughter had some advice for me: “Mama, I want you to eat and eat. I want you to always eat lots of healthy food because then you won’t get skinny”. Where was this conversation going? Was this about body image? I have a good appetite most of the time, I’m not particularly thin, and my weight hasn’t changed much recently, so I didn’t think I’d given her any cause for concern. (Of course I immediately thought her comment had to do with something about my body—talk about body image issues!).
November 4, 2009 - 12:57am
Dear Publishers: (McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Thomson...etc.)It is time to set your digital content free.What better stage then EDUCAUSE 09 here in Denver to announce that you have decided to put Creative Commons licensing on all your digital assets and make them available freely to the world!With one move you could make your associated textbook content relevant and compelling.
November 4, 2009 - 12:46am
(hat-tip to Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Moose a Muffin...) If you give a prof a project,he'll want a course release to go with it.If you give him the course release,he'll want a budget.Getting the budget will remind him thatother places are doing similar thingsand he'll want to go there.He'll ask you for more travel money.If you give him more travel money,he'll come back with guidelines and templatesand rubrics and technology.He'll play with them all.
November 4, 2009 - 12:36am
Well, maybe not free beer where you are right now, but I do promise free beer to anyone who shows up at Greenback and asks to collect.More to the point, "free beer!" is a phrase that's proven effective on campus for getting people's attention. What I'd like to draw your attention to is the single best reframing of an issue in the WBGU report. (This is the last post on that report, I promise. But it's in many ways the most important, so read on. And let me know if you get thirsty.)
November 3, 2009 - 12:48am
Upon receiving word Sunday that a brief essay of mine had been listed as notable in the new Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2009, I was so rattled that I let the broom out and swept the floor with my cat.
November 2, 2009 - 9:44pm
If I had plenty of ambition and no conscience at all, this would be my plan to get my cc through the crisis and emerge with greater resources and cachet on the other side:Upscale.Although academics as a breed love to be idealistic, I'm increasingly convinced that economic class exerts a certain gravitational pull that can only be resisted with great and ever-mounting effort. Every institutional incentive we have is to go upscale.
November 2, 2009 - 8:14pm
I learned a few days ago that one of my high school teachers, Otis Benson Davis, died last week. O.B., as we all called him (only behind his back - -to his face he was, of course, Mr. Davis), graduated from Kent School in 1942 and returned to teach there full time in 1949. He retired from active teaching only a few years ago, in 2006.
November 1, 2009 - 8:55pm
Today I have the urge to address a perennial, insidious, and unnecessary condition that afflicts higher education in this country. It results from the most Frequently UNasked Question (by students) that is also the most Frequently UNanswered Question (by faculty): What is a primary source?
November 1, 2009 - 8:46pm
"I wish you could see my thinks, but they're stuck in my brain and I can't get them out." -- The Girl---------At parents' lunch at TG's school, a little boy from her class came up and hugged TG.TW: Does he do that a lot?TG: Yeah.TW: Do you like it when he does that?TG: Yeah.TW: Do you ever hug him back?(pause)(shy smile)
November 1, 2009 - 8:18pm
EDUCAUSE 08 was the conference of the cloud and the looming budget crisis. I'm wondering what new narrative will emerge after this week in Denver.Some contenders (and I'm looking forward to hearing your candidates):

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