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April 12, 2010 - 10:51pm
In a meeting today, I heard a smart person use "wi-fi" as a verb, as in "we wi-fi'ed the room, and now it's functional." I died a little inside.
April 12, 2010 - 10:29pm
Sometimes I think it's a good thing I'm not wealthy*. Not that I can't imagine all kinds of good things to do with lots of money, of course, from traveling to donating to paying for the kids' college to…
April 12, 2010 - 10:06pm
A Dartmouth senior, Lucretia Witte, conducted a research project "collecting information and testimonies on how students view the roles of technology, for good and for ill, in their learning experiences". Below are some questions (from me) and answers (from Lucretia) about her research project. I hope that you find these thoughts about her research process and findings as valuable as I do.Question: Please describe your research project. What were your main research questions? What methods did you use to conduct your research?
April 11, 2010 - 9:24pm
I love this question. A returning correspondent writes: A month or two ago, I wrote and asked for advice about a phone interview with a local community college for a faculty position. Yesterday, I had the on campus interview. I have never experienced anything like that before (even with all my interviewing in industry) and I'd like to get your take on this.
April 11, 2010 - 9:18pm
Spent this weekend "moving in" to my iPad. Been thinking about what to say, which made me think about what we should be asking.Most of the debate around the iPad has focussed on the utility of the platform for teaching and learning, the problematic nature of a closed and proprietary system, and the relative merits of the iPad form factor vs. the laptop. Good questions all, but I think perhaps the wrong questions.What we really should be asking ourselves is:- Will the iPad catch on with our students?
April 11, 2010 - 9:09pm
My first full-time teaching schedule was a four course, Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule where I taught my first class at 9AM and my last class (a once a week graduate course ) ended shortly after 8 PM. For as long as I was a full time faculty member, my schedule was virtually identical. Only once did I complain to my department chair about my schedule – in my second year he presented me with a schedule that started at 8 AM and ended (one day a week) at 11PM. I thought the hours were unreasonable and he agreed and modified it back to the way it had always looked.
April 11, 2010 - 6:33pm
I don’t think it’s coincidental that recent posts to this blog have focused on the importance of self-care even in the face of others’ needs, the longing for vacation and the need to find and pursue one's passion. April can, indeed, be the cruelest mo
April 10, 2010 - 5:55pm
One of the best things that emerged from my sojourn in Dublin was snagging a copy of Ian McEwan’s extraordinary new novel Solar, a tale of sex, ambition, murder, and, of all things, physics and the environment. Michael Beard is short, fat, and clever, and his fifth marriage is ending as he confronts the dying embers of a brilliant career, only to be saved by a series of fortuitous events that lead him to become a hero to the environmental movement.
April 8, 2010 - 9:55pm
An alert reader sent me this story from Time. Apparently, Lansing Community College (MI) is guaranteeing students in certain pre-career certificate programs that they'll get jobs within a year of graduation, or they'll get their tuition back.Gotta admit, I never thought of that. Of course, there's a reason for that.


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