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August 26, 2012
Strategy can be described as making purposeful choices about what to do and what not to do.  Bringing Science to the Art of Strategy from Harvard Business Review Magazine deftly explains how two seemingly opposite approaches to strategy formulation – creative brainstorming and structured analysis - can work together. 
August 26, 2012
On Monday August 20th Instructure's cloud based learning management system (LMS) Canvas experienced "slow loads or timeouts on certain pages".
August 26, 2012
A recent essay on InsideHigherEd discussed how academics commonly disregard deadlines. When reflecting on this, I began to think that this habit begins as grad students.
August 26, 2012
When students arrive on campus (as they are currently), it's impossible to know where each is eventually headed.  Some will go into the arts (although most won't).  Some will go into politics (ditto). Many will to into business or the professions, although more won't. But the one thing of which we can be sure is that each student -- whether (s)he graduates or not, regardless of major or degree -- will become part of the economy.
August 26, 2012
With much of high education in a constrained situation, there are more and more discussions regarding how to operate in an ongoing environment of greater than historical constraints for much of higher education. I have talked about a number of possible alternatives to deal with these constraints in a relatively recent blog including larger class size, more adjuncts, etc.  Another important part of this equation are the choices that are provided and how extensive those choices are.  And here, I am writing about the choice of courses within a major as well as areas of major.
August 26, 2012
We talk SEC football, coaches who dress like pro-golfers, getting an MFA, and comic novels.
August 26, 2012
Last week some singing friends and I attended a tango class in midtown Manhattan that had been advertised as beginner friendly. They wanted to go because they are fine dancers who are interested in investigating unfamiliar forms. I went along because I enjoy their company, but I had some apprehension. I am a klutz, and dance lessons are not my most comfortable milieu.
August 23, 2012
Richard Florida and Bill Bishop, in their different ways, have pointed out the increased geographic clustering of the educated/creative classes.  Broadly speaking, the creative classes tend to cluster in urban areas near oceans, leaving the vast middle “hollowing out,” as Richard Longworth put it.
August 23, 2012
Let me explain how I understand Course Manager, as I remain somewhat confused about exactly what this does and how big a deal this platform might be.
August 23, 2012
To cap off our crossover week with ProfHacker, Alex sat down with this week’s contributors for an insightful conversation about their approach to maintaining a productive schedule. Building on this week’s posts, Alex reviews the authors’ suggestions for improved workflow and poses some follow-up questions on the technology and techniques they suggested in their contributions.

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