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February 8, 2012
Is digital identity development part of your institution's orientation program? It's understandable if it isn't. After all, orientation programs are generally at capacity and an extra addition to the schedule is nearly impossible. However, I suspect that eventually, digital identity development will be present at almost all orientation programs.
February 8, 2012
Don't think you can do anything meaningful to help adjuncts? Think again.
February 8, 2012
Geez. What a week it’s been for women’s health rights. The Susan B. Komen Foundation flip-flopped after the online outrage for defunding Planned Parenthood. (Over a million Planned Parenthood Tweets!) Now the Obama administration appears to be hedging on a decision to require all health plans, including Catholic universities and hospitals, to cover contraception.
February 8, 2012
Over at the Chronicle, Scott Carlson had a really good article a couple of days back.  Based on the observations of a number of faculty members on different campuses, he suggests that our education system tends to segregate us from how the physical objects we deal with really work, get made, could be improved.
February 8, 2012
We do, because of the Internet and its intersection with business, law and people.  All one has to do is read the newspaper to know it is true.  Facebook seeks an public offering valued in the high billions.  Facebook's value is based on the information YOU provide it, which, technically, has no value.  The content industry is mad as hell about the failure of SOPA, et.al.  The content industry is sending out early valentines to academics asking in warm tones to talk about differences.
February 8, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to discuss a proposed and relatively dramatic policy change with someone fairly high in state government.  I objected to the change with some vigor, and outlined several objections that I thought added up to a compelling case.  She listened politely, and then gave an answer for which I hadn’t prepared.
February 7, 2012
It's fairly clear that Silicon Valley has decided that education is a space ripe for "disruption."  But there's a lot of talk that "suddenly" technology and education are coming together.  This is a grossly a-historical way to think about ed-tech, one that ignores years of research, development, successes and failures.
February 7, 2012
Last November, I briefly visited Boston to give a lecture at Northeastern University, my alma mater where I got my Ph.D. degree. The last time I was there was four and a half years ago to defend my dissertation. It felt like “Homecoming” for me this time, when I visited my old university after such a long time.
February 7, 2012
There is no doubt that online education has arrived in Higher Education. Each year, the numbers of colleges and universities offering online courses increases. There is certainly appeal for these types of courses: students can better fit them into busy schedules and traveling to campus is no longer required. While I dabbled in teaching hybrid and online courses for a while, I have been teaching online for most of the past two years.  Additionally, I began my graduate career in a hybrid PhD program: two weeks of face-to-face instruction with the rest of the instruction and work provided entirely online, and mostly asynchronously. Having been on both sides of online learning has taught me a few lessons about how best to help students learn in an environment that provides as many challenges (if not more) as face-to-face teaching.
February 7, 2012
Social media has been present in the lives of collegiate athletes for as long as there has been social media. However, it would seem that coaches and the NCAA are just now realizing that social media is something that they may want to learn more about.

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