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July 21, 2011
What technology should every postsecondary institution invest in? An enterprise LMS? Lecture capture? Media management? Synchronous meeting or Web conferencing? Mobile learning and campus services? BORING.My vote goes to the Hustler Zeon.The website calls the Zeon, "the first electric zero-turn mower ever introduced to the green industry."
July 21, 2011
I caught my first purchased paper this past fall in my composition class. When I did a Google search of the paper’s suspicious first sentence, the first hit I got was a “Buy this paper now!” website. Sigh.I’ve only been teaching for two years and had thought that going over the plagiarism policy on the syllabus the first day of class was sufficient. Plagiarism is not fun to talk about, but that purchased paper made me reconsider how I talk about plagiarism with my students.
July 21, 2011
A town not far from where I work defines itself as “The City of Choice”, and I used to laugh that perhaps I should move there, since I am an economist. Economics is essentially the study of how people make decisions, or choices, given the constraints they face. For example, given our budgets, we choose what products to buy, with one of these products being “leisure”, or, more accurately, “leisure and home production”, since one thing we can choose is to spend our time caring for our family.
July 21, 2011
Over the weekend, when the whole "how do we turn sustainability into fun?" question was running around the back of my brain, the issue of sustainable transit worked its way to the fore.I knew that arranging for students to ask big questions about a regional transit system (writ large) and how to re-engineer it would engender resistance from several established portions of society: governments, the automobile industry and all its extensions, the real estate community. But I figured that a journey of a thousand miles starts . . . well, you know.
July 20, 2011
Sometimes I feel bad for Illinois. It has had some issues with its state government -- cough -- that have prevented it from coming to grips with, say, a catastrophically underfunded public employee pension system, or with the reality of biweekly paychecks.That said, its recent proposal to use student aid as an incentive for transfer students to start in community colleges is intriguing.
July 20, 2011
If we're going to challenge Greenback's students to design (at least in concept) a more sustainable regional transit system, we need to tell them up front just how we're going to judge the results. One obvious possibility is to calculate transit-related greenhouse gas emissions, and give the most points to the design which seems likely to minimize those.I don't particularly want to do that.
July 20, 2011
I'm counting on the IHE community to share some knowledge. Do any of you know anything about Apple University?TheNextWeb has a great infographic on Apple University.
July 20, 2011
I've been wondering how to keep spirituality in a family that does not choose a particular faith...?
July 20, 2011
Perhaps it’s because I’m a parent and have a deep-rooted desire to keep my offspring well fed, but I still find it interesting that I’ve become a hoarder. Right now I have five buckets of raspberries (17 pounds before we gobbled up a few bowls full) sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be washed and set out on trays in the freezer for later packaging in freezer bags. Two weeks ago I processed six pails of strawberries. The best of the crop went into the fridge to be consumed fresh or made into tarts (my husband’s specialty), while the rest went into our winter freezer reserves.

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