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June 27, 2010 - 9:21pm
Although they’re invisible to many faculty, we administrators spend an increasing amount of our time on partnerships with various community agencies, philanthropies, consortia, employment boards, and other ad hoc collaborative groups. That’s driven by several factors. First, of course, is the basic fact that many social or economic issues require multiple fronts of attack. Improving the employability of the local workforce requires higher education, but not only that; it also requires childcare, social services, and active input by prospective employers in the area.
June 27, 2010 - 8:14pm
On almost every college or university campus, there are various awards given out on a regular basis. Most typical are awards for student achievement: academic, co-curricular, or community service are just three examples. Also very common are awards for faculty, most likely based on the quality of teaching, or innovations in teaching, or the quality of research. Teaching awards often are based on student input while innovation and research awards are based on faculty/administration input. For me a “teacher of the year” award based on student input is particularly meaningful.
June 27, 2010 - 8:11pm
The EDUCAUSE Institute Learning Technology Leadership Program 2010 starts today in Portland. As a 2009 Burlington alumni of LTL I'd like to offer the following advice to participants:
June 27, 2010 - 7:14pm
Last week, I whined about the difficulty of having a child home for summer break. This week, I learned that hanging out with one’s kid, rather than doing assigned work, can be not only fun, but productive.
June 25, 2010 - 6:02pm
Over the past couple of years, finances at Greenback have been tight; I know they have been on a lot of campuses. Fiscal years at state campuses tend to be determined at the state level, but many (most?) private universities have FY's that end on June 30. Thus, at private schools, layoffs (when necessary) are often announced in June.
June 24, 2010 - 9:53pm
I’ve received a couple of wonderful messages lately from readers, each touching on the theme of memory. Taken together, they’re pretty provocative. First (from an email):
June 24, 2010 - 9:48pm
A classic thought experiment. If you won the lottery today, would you go to work tomorrow? I'm betting that if you read this blog the answer will probably be "yes".In educational technology we work incredibly hard. There is too much work and not enough of us. Too many projects. Not enough resources. Not enough hours in the day. But the work is lovely. We get to play at the place where learning and technology intersect. Two of the most dynamic aspects of the economy, the education and technology sectors, come together in our jobs.
June 24, 2010 - 9:10pm
The Fall of 2001 was a difficult one for most of the country, as we collectively got used to the strange new world that included terrorist threats and more fear than most of us had ever experienced in our lives. It was an especially difficult time for me because I was using more than the usual number of adjunct professors that semester and because my husband and I were moving in the midst of applying to adopt a child.
June 24, 2010 - 5:19pm
There's a video making the rounds of the 'net, purporting to show the results of oily rain falling on Louisiana. I don't know that it's not a hoax although if it is, it's well done. The explanation it seems to put forth -- that oil has been carried up into the air by evaporating water and formed droplets -- makes no sense at all.In truth, I wish it did make sense. If that were happening, it would make an incredibly powerful "everything really is connected" case study.
June 24, 2010 - 3:01pm
The SCImago Research Group has just published a new ranking of Ibero-American universities, based on their research productivity, which is available for download, in Spanish. The indicators are based on the scientific publications.


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