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November 18, 2009 - 9:42pm
An occasional correspondent writes: At one of my adjunct gigs (where I teach just once a week) the HR department has sent me a 45 minute online training video about harassment in the workplace complete with a quiz I have to pass. Is this a reasonable thing to ask of a very part time employee? They tell me it's mandatory.None of my other jobs make me do this kinda thing. I mean if it was one video that would be one thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion that an HR department that does this once is liable to do it repeatedly.
November 18, 2009 - 9:39pm
Brad Stone has an interesting piece "The Argument for Free Classes via iTunes" in today NYTimes. He reports that iTunesU now has ~250,000 individual classes available for download and that other platforms like YouTube.edu are experiencing dramatic growth.
November 18, 2009 - 8:05pm
Let me start by saying that I'm tremendously conflicted on this subject. Probably the first lessons I taught my children when they were old enough to watch TV were that (1) commercials lie, and (2) lots of kids' shows are just half-hour commercials. Pure selling is not something I'm good at, or that I enjoy, or that I can respect in anything but the most cynical manner.
November 17, 2009 - 9:41pm
Yesterday a reader commented that "[y]our blog paints such a sad portrait of a cc." I didn't think that was true, but if it is, then I need to issue a correction.
November 17, 2009 - 8:14pm
I'm going homeAnd when I want to go home, I'm going mobileWell I'm gonna find a home on wheels, see how it feels,Goin' mobileKeep me moving--The Who - Going Mobile from Who's Next 1971.EDUCAUSE - go mobile! First the good news:The People: Both Steve Worona and Gerry Bayne are masters at the mediums of the webinar and the podcast.
November 17, 2009 - 4:00pm
I am having trouble signing on to the campaign to make our universities dependencies of the federal government. I want the money. I am confident that we could spend it a lot better than the bailed out banks and the rescued financial services industry.
November 17, 2009 - 3:31pm
The arguments that sustainability advocates have been making, which aren't working well enough, have been largely fact-based. (That's what often happens when you start out with empirical data.) But sales pitches based solely on fact went out almost a century ago. To get our point across these days, we need a spiel that evokes myth and emotion. To sell a political program in America, we need to resonate with the myth of American exceptionalism. To that end, some possible ideas for bumper stickers/slogans:Strength through Sustainability.
November 16, 2009 - 10:24pm
I graduated into a recession, but went to graduate school instead, where poverty was less 'cyclical' than just 'the way things are.' When I emerged, the rest of the economy was moving along nicely, even though higher ed had long since adopted a much lower level of new normal than just about any other industry outside of print journalism and maybe typewriter repair.
November 16, 2009 - 10:17pm
A couple of posts in the last week about gender balance have caught my eye. Both came from Susan O'Doherty, whose Career Coach pieces have spurred all kinds of interesting comments on the blog as well as new ideas for me.
November 16, 2009 - 9:33pm
I just finished an excellent book called The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army. I believe that the experience of the generals profiled in this book can teach us in academia a great deal about how the culture of large and tradition bound institutions can be transformed.

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