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September 17, 2009 - 9:42pm
One of the first things I learned upon becoming a mom was that I needed to be much smarter than I am. I needed to become my child’s advocate in many arenas, and some of these were areas that I had no knowledge of. For example, I needed to become, in many ways, my daughter’s primary care physician, looking out for her health as I assembled the information presented by doctors of different specialties. For the job of being my daughter’s advocate, I often found myself relying on sources ranging from books to the internet to my wonderful colleagues.
September 17, 2009 - 9:36pm
I know that the higher education community is a priority for you. Your higher ed site is really nice. Many of my colleagues use (and teach with) your products on a daily basis. The Adobe eLearning Suite is essential software for many folks involved in designing and delivering technology enabled learning.
September 17, 2009 - 8:34pm
The Girl has spent the last several years watching her older brother play sports. She has played some in the backyard with us, but hasn't had teams of her own until now. You wouldn't know it.This past weekend, she had her first games.
September 17, 2009 - 5:01pm
Okay, maybe it's just me. (Mrs. R. tells me it often is.) But a recent item I received from Environmental Leader (a business-focused environmental newsletter) kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Not because the effort it described was ill-intended or ill-designed. Because what it spoke of shouldn't have been necessary.
September 16, 2009 - 9:39pm
Chad Orzel has posted a wonderful list of Varieties of Bad Meetings. Having spent some time (cough) in bad meetings over the years, I have a few genres of awful to add. The Take-the-Proxy-Issue-At-Face-Value Meeting"Okay, so we've settled that the few cases of actually exceeding course caps were due to a system glitch, and that's been fixed. We're good?" "Grrrrr."
September 16, 2009 - 9:28pm
TED talks pose all sorts of challenges and opportunities for those of us in higher education. The quality of the freely available content gives lie to the notion that the best lectures occur within the gates of academe. The format of the talks can teach us a thing or two about the optimal length, timing, pace and content of the lecture. And the conversations around the online lectures remind us that the degree to which learning is social.
September 16, 2009 - 2:27pm
So, today's the day after P-Day. As in "Plan Day." As in "Climate Action Plan due date."
September 16, 2009 - 8:24am
Health care is on the minds of Canadians these days, just as it is at the forefront of discussions in the United States. However, our fight is by comparison much easier than that which U.S. citizens face. We’re simply trying to keep our existing universal coverage strong and well funded since cuts to health care are the first things politicians go for when there are budget shortfalls. Here in Canada most of my friends and I used to take for granted our universal health coverage, but increasingly with the U.S.
September 15, 2009 - 10:37pm
A longtime correspondent sent me this article in Academe by Lori Messinger, a professor of social work at the University of Kansas. It's about the methods that activists on various campuses around the country have used to get LGBTQ-friendly policies enacted on their campuses. It's worth reading, both for the inherent interest of the subject and for the largely counterintuitive findings.
September 15, 2009 - 10:27pm
I was heartened to see Zemsky put learning at the top of his list of the tough issues facing higher education, ahead of attainment and money. Zemsky outlines some of the typical challenges faced by colleges and universities in supporting student learning and measuring the results. He writes that, "there is a growing suspicion -- and in some quarters an already angry conviction -- that all is not well with the learning enterprise."

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