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December 20, 2010
Christmas is, for our family as for so many others, all about the traditions. But the way we observe the traditions can change from year to year, and for me holiday baking is one of those endlessly altered traditions.
December 20, 2010
When I was first thinking about starting this blog, the editors at InsideHigherEd asked whether I intended it to be anonymous/pseudonymous. I hadn't really asked myself that question but, after some discussion, decided that doing so would probably make sense.
December 20, 2010
I started writing for Inside Higher Ed this past July.
December 20, 2010
This story about course repeaters in California struck a chord with me. We’re facing a similar question at my own campus.Apparently, California is considering amending its policies on allowing students to repeat courses as many times as they want. It’s looking at a cap. The idea is that seats in classes are not infinite, and once someone has whiffed several times, someone else should have a shot.
December 19, 2010
1. For-profit universities will begin to understand that they need to adopt the norms of transparency and the culture of openness and sharing that define the nonprofit education world.2. Educators who work in nonprofits will become less critical of the model of for-profit education, as we start to understand that the market and the profit motive creatives incentives to increase both the quality and scale of higher ed offerings.
December 19, 2010
I’ve had some great work
December 19, 2010
My son, Ben, as I have mentioned here, is an amazing guitarist and an all-around great person. He plays guitar and/or drums in several bands, and he and I enjoy singing and playing together.I’ve been taking a singing class for almost two years now. At the end of every semester, we have a “cabaret night,” in which students perform the songs we’ve been working on for family and friends.
December 17, 2010
Students say the darndest things. Just this week, before the official start of the final exam period, I overheard a cluster of students complaining about all the final exams they had already taken. One was especially miffed at having three exams on the same day.And I thought, hmm.
December 16, 2010
The library is never more packed than during fall final exams. A few students are still approaching the reference desk with the kinds of questions we're used to, only tighter deadlines. ("I need some sources for this paper that's due in, uh ... two hours. Oh, and the teacher said they need to be scholarly.") Most of the questions we get, though, are asking for advice on how to cite something that isn't described in whatever style manual the student is required to use.
December 16, 2010
This past month I completed my second Master’s course – a Research Methods class which took us through the paces of literature reviews, conference proposals, peer reviews, paper drafts and concluded with a small class symposium where we each presented our work. I confess, it sounded dry to me when I registered. I was almost dreading it as it all seemed to be so much of what I was already advising my students on. However, I was determined to be positive, so I chose to use it as an exercise to improve my writing. And of course, it was wonderful.

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