The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About series is one of my favorite monthly publications. Recent 7 Things publications included briefs about Next-Generation Presentation Tools, Google Wave, collaborative annotation, telepresence, data visualization, and microblogging.
After a day of advising, my first class in “Energy and the Environment,” teaching the first class in my own course, “Classical Political Thought,” and doing some laundry, I was wrecked, so I didn’t write last night. Instead, I went to bed where I tossed and turned for a couple of hours while composing this blog post in my head until I drifted off to sleep vigorously forgetting all I planned for this blog post.
As I drove to campus this morning, my local NPR station was talking about only three subjects -- Haiti, the senatorial election in Massachusetts, and state governments. Some of the coverage of state governments was local, some was from the opposite coast (California). But all of it was related to fiscal crises, and efforts to relieve fiscal crises, and political problems standing in the way of efforts to relieve fiscal crises.
On our recent New Year’s trip to Friday Harbor, Washington, my eight-year old had the chance to reconnect with one of his buddies, a boy his age he’s known and played with since they were toddlers. A group of us went for a long walk in the woods, and the boys tagged along. The boys were shy together at first, but they soon adjusted to their own pace on the hike, falling behind to splash in puddles and pick up sticks.
I just got an email from a reader who has tenure at hir current college, but is considering a deanship at another college which will not bring tenure with it. S/he asked about the absence of a right of return to faculty in an administrative role.
As the new semester gets underway, there are a million things on my plate. Working with profs on curriculum revisions, with students on new projects, with student reporters new to the sustainability beat, etc., etc., etc.So it seems odd that the announcement that stuck in my mind was the one about Walmart installing a 1MW solar array on some warehouse rooftop. California, I think. Certainly, nowhere near Backboro.
Innovation in learning catalyzed by technology operates most productively when centered on a physical space.I think all of us in academic technology can learn a great deal from the model that some language / resources centers adopt. The model that I have observed, and which I think the language lab world has evolved toward, includes these four elements:
Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society, sixth edition (CIC), the book for the course, is, like foreign language textbooks, telephone directory-sized, 8½ inches by 11, but, mercifully, at ¾ of an inch, it’s not as thick as one. I’m hoping it has more narrative drive than the last book of this size I dealt with, Kontakt, a textbook for German that I used about 15 years ago.