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February 1, 2010 - 12:29am
I probably never mentioned it, but I’m originally from Southern Illinois, a geographically and culturally unique region that’s been marginalized for decades.
January 31, 2010 - 9:30pm
At our mid-year commencement a few weeks ago, a faculty member I have known for many years asked me if I had been reading his Huffington Post blog on a regular basis. I answered yes and he asked me what I thought.
January 31, 2010 - 9:25pm
In ninth grade, I had a wonderful, high-energy social studies teacher whose favorite exhortation was "wisdom and knowledge!" He'd usually punctuate it by thwacking his yardstick against a desk while we took notes. At the time, it was an entertaining shtick, and I didn't think much about the distinction between wisdom and knowledge. With age and experience, though, I'm beginning to appreciate the difference.
January 31, 2010 - 8:46pm
One of my colleagues jokes that when she retires from her academic tech gig that she is going to start a consulting company solely focussed on guiding ed tech vendors in improving their webinar demos. Webinars are the product demos given over WebEx (or some other synchronous tool) that have largely replaced the campus visit for at least the initial company show-and-tell.
January 31, 2010 - 8:31pm
When wives earn more outside the home, and husbands take on more housework, marriages tend to be happier!Men are now doing twice as much housework, and three times as much childcare, as they did in the 1960s!It says so right here in the New York Times, so it has to be true, right?
January 28, 2010 - 10:01pm
I've mentioned before that one upside to the Great Recession may be that it finally puts to rest the myth that academic hiring is some sort of meritocracy. Putting that myth to rest would be a good thing, to the extent that it can help frustrated applicants get past self-blame and/or false hope, and find paths that make sense over the long term.This week I saw another upside, this time on the student side.
January 28, 2010 - 9:53pm
Jim Groom is dead on - I'm pandering to the iPad. Why stop now?(But seriously….stay tuned for a full blog post responding to Jim's comments yesterday - I think he is on to something and I have the links of open learning resources at UMW to prove it).Back to the iPad pandering.
January 28, 2010 - 9:29pm
A short story can never be too rich or too thin. J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish - its three tight-fitted scenes packed with sentiment and suggestion - is the Babe Paley of short stories.It's effortlessly, agelessly elegant. You pay a visit to Bananafish after being away from it for twenty years, and the way it puts its sweetness, hilarity, and horror together still feels like the latest thing.
January 27, 2010 - 9:32pm
A new correspondent writes:I have a dilemma. I currently writing my thesis for a MS degree (industrial management). My committee has the rough draft to evaluate. Expected graduation was the end of this spring but summer or fall is a becoming more realistic. I intend to go on for a PhD (Business Administration w/ a operations/technology management specialization), and then pursue a academic career (teaching and/or administrative). I am considering pursuing a second masters degree (MBA) with a dual specialization before the PhD. Why a second masters?
January 27, 2010 - 8:57pm
The risk of the iPad for higher education is that the device will prove a "sustaining innovation" in learning technology.

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