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January 20, 2010 - 8:19am
On our recent New Year’s trip to Friday Harbor, Washington, my eight-year old had the chance to reconnect with one of his buddies, a boy his age he’s known and played with since they were toddlers. A group of us went for a long walk in the woods, and the boys tagged along. The boys were shy together at first, but they soon adjusted to their own pace on the hike, falling behind to splash in puddles and pick up sticks.
January 19, 2010 - 9:40pm
I just got an email from a reader who has tenure at hir current college, but is considering a deanship at another college which will not bring tenure with it. S/he asked about the absence of a right of return to faculty in an administrative role.
January 19, 2010 - 9:13pm
As the new semester gets underway, there are a million things on my plate. Working with profs on curriculum revisions, with students on new projects, with student reporters new to the sustainability beat, etc., etc., etc.So it seems odd that the announcement that stuck in my mind was the one about Walmart installing a 1MW solar array on some warehouse rooftop. California, I think. Certainly, nowhere near Backboro.
January 19, 2010 - 8:56pm
Innovation in learning catalyzed by technology operates most productively when centered on a physical space.I think all of us in academic technology can learn a great deal from the model that some language / resources centers adopt. The model that I have observed, and which I think the language lab world has evolved toward, includes these four elements:
January 19, 2010 - 4:52pm
Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society, sixth edition (CIC), the book for the course, is, like foreign language textbooks, telephone directory-sized, 8½ inches by 11, but, mercifully, at ¾ of an inch, it’s not as thick as one. I’m hoping it has more narrative drive than the last book of this size I dealt with, Kontakt, a textbook for German that I used about 15 years ago.
January 18, 2010 - 9:28pm
I read somewhere that you can't make accidents happen, but you can make yourself accident prone. I'm looking at ways to make my college accident prone, and I'm hoping that some of my wise and worldly readers have some hints to share.
January 18, 2010 - 7:40pm
I’ve had good reasons for doing other things in my life. I went to college because I wanted to be intellectually challenged, I came to NYU to get a Ph.D. because I loved New York (still do), I got married because I was in love, we had children (two sons) because we thought we would be good parents (we are…I think), and we got divorced when we realized we weren’t in love anymore, but I can’t think of many other things I’ve ever done in my life for which I’ve had so many good reasons as auditing “Natural Science I: Energy and the Environment” in the all-too-rapidly upcoming semester.
January 18, 2010 - 5:49pm
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting is being held this week in Austin. The theme of the meeting is: "Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World," with the conference centered around exploring: "….models for the future of learning that fuse emerging technologies and learner-centered strategies to yield new learning environments designed for student success."
January 17, 2010 - 9:46pm
A longtime reader writes:Here in [unnamed state] state support for higher education is shrinking fast. Some of this is cyclical, but those cycles can't mask a longer term, downward trend. Where once the state provided support for about 65% of our operating budget, that number has fallen to around 17%. I'm writing from a four year university, and don't have comparable numbers for community colleges. They are funded through a separate state agency.


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