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April 5, 2011
This month’s question regarding life balance—how we deal with writer’s block—started me thinking about how I feel about writing. It’s always been an important part of my life, but in my career as an academic, writing has become my biggest source of anxiety.
April 5, 2011
Does a list of computers we've owned tell us anything meaningful about technology, business, or education? Not sure. Could you reconstruct a lifetime of computer ownership? Would be interesting to compare higher ed folks with people in other professions.Here goes:1983 to 1987 - Kaypro 2 and Kaypro 4: High school. My first computer. About $1,500. Weighed about 30 pounds. The original portable, with an aluminum case, built in screen and floppy drives, and a detachable keyboard. MS-DOS (booted from the floppy) and WordStar.
April 5, 2011
OK, I don't normally comment on this sort of thing. In fact, I don't normally even think much about this sort of thing. After all, I'm very happily married (in all the meanings of the term "happy").
April 5, 2011
Are you tired? Has the conversation surrounding the proposed consolidation between ACPA and NASPA (#NASPACPA) fatigued your otherwise resilient spirit? While I must admit that the journey to get to this point has been contentious, I am also filled with hope. Hope that change is coming...and that we have been building something worthwhile. Change is never easy. We all know this to be true and yet it almost always surprises us when we are "in" it.
April 4, 2011
(I originally wrote this column for LiteraryMama.com in June of 2004. I’m revisiting the topic, seven years later, to note what’s changed and what’s the same for me in conference travel.)
April 4, 2011
A new correspondent writes:I guess no one warned me earlier, but I really had no idea how dire it is out there getting academic jobs nowadays. I'm thinking I'll have the phd within 3 years from now, at which point I'll have to figure out what I'm going to do to make a living. One option that I've been considering more and more is teaching at a community college.
April 4, 2011
Reading the Horizon Report always gets the creative ed tech juices flowing. The "Time-to-Adoption" forecasts in the 2011 Horizon Report are: e-books and mobile learning (1 year or less), augmented reality and game-based learning (2 to 3 years), and gesture-based computing and learning analytics (4 to 5 years).
April 4, 2011
“Scholars and scientists pursue knowledge by way of open intellectual exchange. Without a zone of privacy within which to conduct and protect their work, scholars would not be able to produce new knowledge or make life-enhancing discoveries. Lively, even heated and acrimonious debates over policy, campus and otherwise, as well as more narrowly defined disciplinary matters are essential elements of an intellectual environment and such debates are the very definition of the Wisconsin Idea.”
April 4, 2011
I know that some of you are waiting for another post about #NASPACPA consolidation. Trust me, it's on its way. I need some time to process the multitude of conversations, documents, opinions, and views on the topic. It really is a massive process. In fact, the topic for this week's Student Affairs Live show (one of my many side projects) is all about #NASPACPA.
April 3, 2011
Most readers of Inside Higher Ed know of the fracas that followed an x-rated, after-class demonstration for a psychology course at Northwestern. I was not there and leave it for others to judge whether Professor Bailey crossed a critical line between the educational and the exploitative. However, I think the international attention given the event reflects its perfect storm of academia’s greatest sensitivities.

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