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May 3, 2010 - 8:27pm
I don't want to push my opinion too much about Cathy Davidson's grading experiments at Duke. Not that I don't have opinions, it's just that I don't have any better answers than everyone who commented on the article - as grading is a puzzle that we all struggle with. What I'd like to add are 3 ways that technology and learning technologists can assist faculty who would like to experiment as Professor Davidson has done with finding more authentic and effective ways to use grading to promote learning.
May 3, 2010 - 7:26pm
I don't want to think about the crude oil currently spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.I'd much rather think about how Tokyo is trying out a bunch of all-electric taxicabs with replaceable batteries, so the cabs don't have to sit idle for any sort of recharging cycle.Not about how the oil flow into precious waters is now estimated at five times what it previously was, which was itself five times as fast as BP's initial estimate.
May 2, 2010 - 10:46pm
After about a year of serving as Assistant Provost, the Provost called me in and indicated that he was more than pleased with my job performance and was ready, especially given the added responsibilities I had taken on, to recommend promotion to Associate Provost. I was thrilled and very appreciative and indicated as much to the Provost. He repeated that it was well deserved and then said there was one stipulation regarding the promotion. He made it clear that this wasn’t a “requirement.” However, he also made it clear that this was more than a casual suggestion.
May 2, 2010 - 10:34pm
So Nobel laureate Michael Beard assures us all of the the inevitability and consequences of global warming, in Ian McEwan's smart and hilarious new book Solar.
May 2, 2010 - 9:16pm
This Saturday The Girl had her first t-ball game.T-ball, for the uninitiated, is a version of baseball in which the batter hits the ball off a stationary tee, rather than trying to hit a moving (pitched) ball. It's a chance for little kids to get some exposure to baseball before developing the eye-hand coordination to hit pitches.If you haven't seen five-year-olds play t-ball, add it to your bucket list.
May 2, 2010 - 9:10pm
“Henry Adams’s” most recent “Academic Bait-and-Switch” column in The Chronicle, in which he discusses all of his misguided reasons for going to graduate school in English, prodded me to reflect on my own experience as an undergraduate drama and English major who aspired to become a college professor.
April 29, 2010 - 9:53pm
A new correspondent writes:I work in an English Department at a mid-sized community college and currently chair a search committee for my department.Our department would like to change the way we recruit and hire folks in English for full-time positions.
April 29, 2010 - 9:47pm
Check out Steve Jobs' open letter on why Apple does not allow Flash on its mobile devices.Jobs gives a number of reasons why Flash is not supported, including: a lack of open standards, a diminished demand as the newer (and supported) H.264 format is rapidly growing, reliability/security/performance issues, battery life, and limited support for the touch interface.Why is the Apple / Adobe kerfuffle worth our attention? 3 Reasons:
April 29, 2010 - 7:38pm
I remember my comprehensive exams in graduate school as the low point of that experience. Classes were fun, and I did relatively well, and writing my dissertation was actually a joy most of the time. But in the one week dedicated to my comprehensive exams that turned into months as I ended up re-taking some of them, I was expected to know everything from my years there and to prove it on paper to what seemed like merciless graders. I don’t know if I had felt so vulnerable at any point in my life up until then, and have only felt so vulnerable a few times since then.
April 29, 2010 - 5:14pm
Just one more thought -- really, a question -- on the subject of co-ops. Cooperation isn't just a form of business, it's a social skill. It's a business necessity (even in these days of social networking). It's an expectation in many societies and, when we're at our best (think natural disaster, from blizzard on up) it's characteristic of ours.


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