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March 29, 2010 - 11:31pm
A new correspondent writes:I'm wondering if you have any advice for those of us in school in "abstract" or "theoretical" fields who have seen the light and want to teach community college.
March 29, 2010 - 11:23pm
Lots of discussion going around IHE today about online learning. Steve Kolowich kicked off a discussion about one academic's attempt to add "the human element" to the LMS by integrating Skype and Elluminate Live with Moodle. Dean Dad connected his lousy experience with webinars to online courses by asking, "have you learned anything from the earthly purgatory of webinars that helped you improve an online class?" The comments to these two stories were both great.
March 28, 2010 - 10:03pm
Given the severity of our current recession, everyone I know has either been touched directly by this economic malaise or knows someone who has been adversely impacted – jobs lost or not found, salaries reduced or not increased, houses lost or not purchased, health insurance foregone, vacations foregone and the list goes on and on. People are clearly hurting. But the impact of this and any recession is on more than people; colleges and universities are good examples of institutions adversely impacted.
March 28, 2010 - 9:09pm
In a comment to my post asking why webinars always suck, Dr. Crazy brought up a great point:
March 28, 2010 - 8:17pm
I miss The Industry Standard. Were you a subscriber / reader of this print magazine? The Standard lasted from around 1998 to 2001 - both a participant and chronicler of the dot-com bubble. Essential reading during those jubilant (inflation), bizarre (peak), and traumatic (deflation) bubble days.
March 28, 2010 - 7:46pm
A key question, to my mind at least, is how people can be motivated to make more sustainable choices. In our consumer society (remember when the common phrase was "American citizen" rather than "American consumer"?), choice pretty much boils down to purchase decisions, And for decades, our purchase decisions have been shaped in large part by propaganda in which consideration of sustainability (ecological, economic or social) was conspicuous by its absence.
March 28, 2010 - 7:33pm
I take a singing class on Monday nights. This is joyful recreation for me, as well as a nostalgic experience -- I studied acting, singing, and movement at this theater school in my youth, before I was seduced into graduate school by the prospect of regular meals and the possibility of aging gracefully.
March 25, 2010 - 9:46pm
The Boy complained again this week -- it's becoming pretty regular -- that he's bored with math, because it's too easy. Worse, he's frustrated with his classmates, since they keep needing to review stuff that he mastered two years ago. He's in third grade. Peer pressure is starting to kick in, too. A few days ago he got a problem wrong in class, and several of the other students did that "oooo" sound they do. He was embarrassed, and angry, and a little upset at the teacher for not doing anything about it.
March 25, 2010 - 8:00pm
Dean Dad asks, "Why do webinars always suck?"Dean Dad, you must be attending the wrong webinars. Have you attended any EDUCAUSE Live sessions?
March 25, 2010 - 7:50pm
A central tenet of economics is the assumption of non-satiation. This concept says that people will always want more of a good, that there is no such thing as “enough” fancy cars or chocolate cake. Of course, there can be more than enough of a bad thing, such as garbage. This assumption might be summarized by the phrase “more (or a good thing) is better.” Anyone who has been a parent to a young child knows this almost reflexive reaction to something they want. I recall times when my then two year old daughter was delighted with something and simply proclaimed “more.”


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