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October 9, 2011
The Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog recently featured a post on accessibility resources. Written by a friend of mine, Kathryn Magura, the post includes a link to an ADA resource page, information about the seven principles of universal design, and a link to MIT's resource guide on web accessibility.
October 9, 2011
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
October 9, 2011
Today's editorial in the New York Times, nominally about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, is well worth reading.
October 7, 2011
We all knew he was ill, but his passing still comes as a shock to many people. We have come a long way since our first introduction to an Apple computer. Reading about his magnificent public biography can't help but make us think about our own personal journeys. That those journeys have computers, network systems and applications woven into them says a lot about our age.
October 6, 2011
It's that time of year. I've read through more resumes and essays than I care to remember. I have the luxury of reviewing applications written by the most accomplished young men and women at my university as they dream of life after the molly-coddling experience we in the US call 'college.'
October 6, 2011
Second Life has been somewhat of a higher ed bust. Yeah, I know that some of you have been using Second Life to hold some classes and teach some things, but you are in the extreme minority. For most of us, our experience in Second Life can be described as:Step 1: Excitement about the possibilities for immersive learning and collaboration in Second Life.Step 2: Creating a Second Life account, and finding out that we couldn't really do anything without an apparent investment of 10 billion hours or so of virtual living.
October 6, 2011
To all the PR firms who are doing a great job of building relationships and sending out relevant pitches, I apologize. This post is not about you. This post is for two distinct audiences: PR firms that give PR a bad name and the companies that pay PR firms for atrocious PR tactics.
October 6, 2011
Last week, I saw a news clip about a Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, speaking on behalf of the protesters in Manhattan who are calling for radical change in our economic system that currently allows the very wealthy to pay less of a share of their earnings to taxes than do many of the people who work for them. I was intrigued because one of my advisors on my dissertation was a graduate student at Yale University when Dr. Stiglitz taught there, and always spoke with great awe of that professor whom he had known long ago.
October 6, 2011
As I said earlier, I recently finished reading James H. Kunstler's World Made By Hand. Without taking its depiction of life in the northeastern USA after society collapses as anything approaching gospel, I found it an interesting basis for thought experiment. And the most relevant question, in terms of my work at Greenback U, is "so what should we in higher ed be doing to better prepare our students for such a future?"

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