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November 1, 2010 - 9:45pm
Project Information Literacy has a new report out based on surveys of over 8,000 undergraduate students at 25 campuses, as well as some follow-up interviews. The findings are both cheering and sobering.
November 1, 2010 - 9:41pm
As regular readers know, Marc Bousquet and I are not each other’s biggest fans. That said, he has really outdone himself this time. In a remarkable tirade on InsideHigherEd – sheesh, I take a week off and the standards drop – Bousquet wrote:
November 1, 2010 - 9:15pm
I'm a big fan of LinkedIn. It's often my go-to social media site for professional networking, recommendations, and group discussions. My LinkedIn profile serves as my online professional fact sheet. It tells you just enough about me to get you interested. I've found that LinkedIn is a fantastic place to give and receive recommendations. I find that my connections on the site have a terrific willingness to engage. LinkedIn has a more professional feel to it than other social media sites.
November 1, 2010 - 9:15pm
Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, by Mark C. TaylorSTRENGTHS:Concise: 221 small pages with big font.Provocative: Big ideas and insightful critiques of the higher ed labor market, curriculum, organizational structure etc.
November 1, 2010 - 9:03pm
 This weekend I paid for last weekend’s pleasures by working more than I usually do. I had papers to grade, deadlines to meet, and some fairly routine catching-up to do. So I parked my computer on a corner of my dining room table and hunkered down. 
October 31, 2010 - 9:45pm
Teaching is at the heart of what I do in the humanities, both in my self-conception as “teacher-scholar” and in my affiliation with my institution—a small regional private university that prides itself on its individualized engagement with student learning. Bringing my research into the classroom where it might supplement the pedagogical experience of my students helps me to model the life of the mind to which I am committed. It allows my students to see that the humanities are a living thing, constantly changing and demanding we confront new challenges to our habits of thought.
October 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
(Note to my readers: sorry about last week. Life intervened much more than I expected it to. Now, back to the regularly scheduled blog.)Sometimes a little cognitive dissonance can be helpful.
October 31, 2010 - 9:00pm
Do you know the story of the Potemkin Villages? Russian Minister Gregory Potyomkin allegedly ordered the building of fake villages and imported “happy serfs” to impress Catherine II as she toured recently conquered territory in the Crimea in 1787. Whether myth or fact, today the term Potemkin Village has come to mean “an impressive façade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition.”
October 31, 2010 - 7:45pm
We don't notice infrastructure until it fails. In my case, I never noticed utility poles until I moved to a house served by electricity and phone wires, but not by cable (or DSL until recently!). In the efforts to bring broadband to my street (we finally succeeded - I'm off satellite Internet for good), I started to notice and think about utility poles.

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