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October 14, 2010 - 7:56pm
Anyone who has taken geometry is probably familiar with the concept of “similarity”, in which two shapes share the same angles and proportions, although they may be of very different sizes. This is often seen in right triangles, which may share the same angles but can be seen as larger or smaller versions of each other. I thought of this concept recently when I re-connected with a cousin, not in the currently common “Facebook” way but in the old fashioned way, over the telephone, as he stopped in to visit my grandmother.
October 14, 2010 - 2:00pm
It is now day 3 at EDUCAUSE 2010. I've been to countless meetings, sat in on a few sessions, and had a great time touring the exhibit hall. The amount of high level strategic thinking that's taking place has been phenomenal. The future of higher education technology is being shaped as I write this post.
October 14, 2010 - 12:31pm
Anyone who voted for Obama in 2008, has been disappointed by the lack of moxie that his administration has shown ever since, and who looks to the mid-terms elections with significant trepidation, should read Ryan Lizza's insightful review of the death of climate change legislation in the Senate.
October 13, 2010 - 11:00pm
How was your day two (Wednesday) of EDUCAUSE 2010? Big takeaways? Surprises? Revelations? (okay…maybe that is asking too much).Here are the 4 big things that standout for me from day two:
October 13, 2010 - 10:24pm
Last week I had a nice discussion with some people who work at nearby four-year schools. We were discussing the various points at which students seem to get sidetracked. Everyone agreed that the first semester is key, but the discussion became a bit more challenging after that.My counterparts moved to a discussion of the second year of college. They mentioned that the sophomore year is when students need to declare a major, and that students who can’t commit to anything at that point are at much higher risk of walking away.
October 13, 2010 - 2:31pm
The folks running the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference (#EDUCAUSE10 if you're on Twitter) have done an amazing job of providing online functionality for attendees. I have been thoroughly impressed. Customizable schedules, a really nifty mobile website, scannable ID cards, and unique hashtags for sessions are just a few of the many ways that this conference has leveraged technology.
October 13, 2010 - 4:30am
So far the mood at EDUCAUSE 2010 seems to be really good. The last two EDUCAUSE conferences have been pretty grim affairs, with CIOs talking about layoffs and companies conserving cash and shying away from big risks. Walking around the vendor floor today I sensed a mood of optimism; new products, new alliances, and a high level of energy. Talking to some folks from higher ed world it sounds as if funding has stabilized, lay-offs are not on the horizon, and budgets for investing in ed tech may be coming back.
October 13, 2010 - 12:01am
An alert reader sent me this link to a Boston Globe story about Harvard eliminating its final exam period.We’ve had similar discussions here, though the reasons aren’t all the same. I’d love to hear from wise and worldly readers who have lived through a similar transition, and who know from experience what the concrete issues are.
October 12, 2010 - 11:53pm
The other day a friend of mine asked if we had an extra TV kicking around that we could do without. Not for her household, it turned out, for a family she met who has recently moved to our neighborhood for a year on sabbatical from Norway. The house they are living in is huge but completely unfurnished and although their three young boys enjoy sliding around in empty rooms, they really needed some basic furniture other than the few essentials they bought at Ikea.
October 12, 2010 - 7:15pm
A few days after my guest post "Community Means Us," an account of my experience in a community college, went live, I received an email directly from Andrew Hacker, co-author of Higher Education?. What he writes is quite interesting and very worth sharing:Dear Ms. Brienza:

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