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October 5, 2010
Greenback U has a sustainable purchasing policy in place. Barring a major difference in price, departments are supposed to consider environmental impact in all purchase decisions. As a result, there's been some shift in the mix of cars and trucks the University purchases. We have a number of hybrids in our campus fleet, and some natural gas-powered vehicles, and some that are fully electric. But those are still the exceptions.
October 5, 2010
I’ve always felt that the physical environment of educational institutions — their colours, their spaces, their architecture — is one of the least-considered elements in the constellation of educational “success factors,” though possibly the most pervasive one.
October 5, 2010
Are you an infrastructure junkie? Do you love server rooms, old steam tunnels, and campus power plants? Are you curious about how your campus network actually works? If so, I'm confident you will love: "On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work" by Scott Huler.
October 4, 2010
Smart move: The big publishers, (McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier), all realize that unless they change they will suffer a similar fate as the music publishers. Textbooks will be disaggregated. Content has gone from scarce to abundant. The open education movement, combined with cheap but powerful authoring tools, will insure that quality learning materials are available and discoverable.
October 4, 2010
My brother -- known to regular readers as Brother of Dean Dad -- sent me a nifty thought piece that I’d love to get my readers’ help explaining.
October 4, 2010
One of the policies Greenback U. has implemented, as it strives to be more environmentally and economically sustainable, prohibits vehicles from idling on campus for more than one minute at a time. Except in emergency situations, it applies to all cars and trucks -- university-owned, personal and commercial. The lawyers well me we can't restrict county- or city-owned vehicles, but signs at appropriate spots on campus don't make that exception explicit; if the driver of a Backboro city car thinks (s)he's covered by the policy and switches the motor off, I'm certainly OK with that.
October 4, 2010
This post is dedicated to my mom and every woman who has had to fight to be recognized as an expert with technology.
October 3, 2010
Here’s an interesting challenge for many of us who work in and around technology: can you explain your job – what you do – to your mom? What about the concept of Cloud Computing? Bonus points if you can help mom understand the link between Base 2 and Assembly Language?
October 3, 2010
The two most misused nouns in the American academy are “Professor” and “administration.” In a recent New York Times piece, “The Case of the Vanishing Full-Time Professor,” Samantha Stainburn wrote of the disappointment parents feel upon discovering that their child’s “Professor” is an adjunct, which means in most cases the instructor is NOT a Professor at all.

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