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October 28, 2011
In statistics one finds the experiment of flipping a coin and observing if the coin lands with heads facing up or with tails facing up. This is the central idea behind probability distributions that can be applied to many different situations involving uncertainty. I thought of the idea of a two sided coin recently when I realized that I am somewhat ambiguous about the coming holiday of Halloween.
October 27, 2011
What is motivation? On one hand we mean motive, or the reason for doing something; on the other we mean the energy and enthusiasm a person invests in the thing that she or he is doing. When teachers are talking about motivating students, it seems to me that the two meanings are conflated.
October 27, 2011
This weekend I’ll be attending THATCamp Publishing in Baltimore. If you’re not familiar with THATCamp, it’s a series of unconferences focused on making and doing digital humanities. And if you’re not familiar with unconferences, they are gatherings focused on a common interest that are designed to be inexpensive and organized on the fly and without a set program.
October 27, 2011
At last year's EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, it seemed like everyone was talking about mobile technology. Whether or not a product was actually ready for human consumption made little difference to some companies as mobile dominated most conversations.
October 27, 2011
I'm always curious about what books our IHE community is reading, and how we choose what to read. My dream IHE site feature would be an interactive dashboard that gave real time and historical information of our reading preferences, and provided a method that we can make recommendations and share our thoughts about our books.
October 27, 2011
"Maven" is a Yiddish word from the Hebrew "mevin," meaning "one who knows."  Synonyms for the word are "expert," "gatherer of knowledge" and "geek."  I always thought of the word as being somehow feminine in nature, suggesting a woman who is well-dressed, perhaps, and hovering above the crowds, but not separate from them.  A blogging college professor, perhaps?
October 27, 2011
Lenin famously asked “what is to be done?”  The relevant question now is slightly different.
October 26, 2011
The funny man* drove down from Chicago last week in a rented jet-black Mustang, looking distinguished and prosperous in his subdued houndstooth jacket, dark jeans, and well-made loafers. It was fitting that the university was the last stop on his 12-city reading tour, since he did his undergraduate degree in English here 20 years ago and at least a couple of his former writing professors would be in the audience.
October 26, 2011
Okay. I have a very large caveat for this post. This is personal. It's also professional. What can I say, I love what I do. It's a job that feels like art.  The reason why I have a blog on Inside Higher Ed (IHE) is because of my personal/professional blog posts.
October 26, 2011
This I Believe:  That the distinction between an educator who works for a university and an educator who works for a company is meaningless.   None of us would survive long if we failed to produce value.

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