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October 6, 2011
Second Life has been somewhat of a higher ed bust. Yeah, I know that some of you have been using Second Life to hold some classes and teach some things, but you are in the extreme minority. For most of us, our experience in Second Life can be described as:Step 1: Excitement about the possibilities for immersive learning and collaboration in Second Life.Step 2: Creating a Second Life account, and finding out that we couldn't really do anything without an apparent investment of 10 billion hours or so of virtual living.
October 6, 2011
To all the PR firms who are doing a great job of building relationships and sending out relevant pitches, I apologize. This post is not about you. This post is for two distinct audiences: PR firms that give PR a bad name and the companies that pay PR firms for atrocious PR tactics.
October 6, 2011
Last week, I saw a news clip about a Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, speaking on behalf of the protesters in Manhattan who are calling for radical change in our economic system that currently allows the very wealthy to pay less of a share of their earnings to taxes than do many of the people who work for them. I was intrigued because one of my advisors on my dissertation was a graduate student at Yale University when Dr. Stiglitz taught there, and always spoke with great awe of that professor whom he had known long ago.
October 6, 2011
As I said earlier, I recently finished reading James H. Kunstler's World Made By Hand. Without taking its depiction of life in the northeastern USA after society collapses as anything approaching gospel, I found it an interesting basis for thought experiment. And the most relevant question, in terms of my work at Greenback U, is "so what should we in higher ed be doing to better prepare our students for such a future?"
October 6, 2011
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you'd made different choices: if you had married your college boyfriend, stayed in your hometown, or had children earlier? I recently learned that one of my favorite colleagues -- a woman with such natural authority and humor that students can listen to her for hours spellbound, absorbing every word -- was born on exactly the same day as I was.
October 5, 2011
I think I can speak for our entire IHE community in saying how sad we are at the news of Steve Jobs's death. Few individuals have loomed so large in our consciousness over the past decade as Steve Jobs.
October 5, 2011
For the past few years, Twitter has been the source for breaking news. Last night, I started seeing several tweets that mentioned that Steve Jobs had died. Knowing that the Web sometimes spreads false rumors, I typed in Apple.com and saw that it was true. The Apple homepage was bereft of colorful imagery. The page read: Steve Jobs 1955-2011. An iconic black and white photograph of Apple's co-creator seemed like Steve's final touch. Simple. To the point. Functional.
October 5, 2011
Well, it’s ranking season again, and the Times Higher Education/Thomson Reuters World University Rankings (2011-2012) has just been released. The outcome is available here, and a screen grab of the Top 25 universities is available to the right.
October 5, 2011
i suppose in the middle of the road of my life i’ve entered not a dark wood exactly but something like an interstate highway rest area. that may sound cheapened but life is a little diminished in america now where so many are in need they can’t hope to commit the full range of sins to include gluttony/greed and are forced to settle for envy/wrath.

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