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January 18, 2010 - 7:40pm
I’ve had good reasons for doing other things in my life. I went to college because I wanted to be intellectually challenged, I came to NYU to get a Ph.D. because I loved New York (still do), I got married because I was in love, we had children (two sons) because we thought we would be good parents (we are…I think), and we got divorced when we realized we weren’t in love anymore, but I can’t think of many other things I’ve ever done in my life for which I’ve had so many good reasons as auditing “Natural Science I: Energy and the Environment” in the all-too-rapidly upcoming semester.
January 18, 2010 - 5:49pm
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting is being held this week in Austin. The theme of the meeting is: "Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World," with the conference centered around exploring: "….models for the future of learning that fuse emerging technologies and learner-centered strategies to yield new learning environments designed for student success."
January 17, 2010 - 9:46pm
A longtime reader writes:Here in [unnamed state] state support for higher education is shrinking fast. Some of this is cyclical, but those cycles can't mask a longer term, downward trend. Where once the state provided support for about 65% of our operating budget, that number has fallen to around 17%. I'm writing from a four year university, and don't have comparable numbers for community colleges. They are funded through a separate state agency.
January 17, 2010 - 5:58pm
The annual Horizon Report is essential reading and discussion material in educational technology.This is the report that I hope is passed around and discussed by academic IT departments. Better yet, a proactive leader could lead her department through the Horizon Report methodology, creating a structured opportunity for colleagues to discuss the most important trends and technologies in learning technology.
January 17, 2010 - 5:34pm
Historians discuss backlash against hiring female and minority professors -- and emerging ideas about recruiting gay faculty.
January 14, 2010 - 10:01pm
A longtime reader writes:My elite liberal undergrad institution, annual cost ~$55K vs median annual U.S. income of $50K, high in US News rating but never at absolute top, wants me to come back for the 20th anniversary of my graduation and write them a big check. Sustain excellence, don't you know. Fulfill mission, don't you know.
January 14, 2010 - 9:51pm
Well, maybe not the single best website regardless of topic or function, but the best site for environmental information with an emphasis on climate change.And maybe the best sit ever in the past or future of humanity, but the best one I've found so far.And it's hosted by a university! Yale, in fact (home of one of the best forestry/environmental schools in the USA).It's called Yale Environment 360, and it's here.
January 14, 2010 - 9:41pm
Have any of you ever purchased a set of DVDs or audio CDs from The Teaching Company? We got a catalog in at home in the mail yesterday, it felt like an artifact from another era.The Web site for The Teaching Company reads:
January 13, 2010 - 9:43pm
Why do people still go to grad school in the liberal arts?My generation had an excuse; we were told that a great wave of retirements was imminent, after which jobs would spring from the ground like mushrooms. In other words, we were lied to.But the adjunct trend is so well-established at this point, and the economic irrationality of grad school so screamingly obvious, that it's fair to wonder why many departments are actually experiencing record applications.I have a few thoughts, but I invite others.
January 13, 2010 - 9:38pm
One reason I’ve endured the long distance challenges of a commuting lifestyle for so long is the flexibility academic life offers for travel, research and interpersonal ‘reconnecting’ during school breaks. This holiday I’ve managed to do a satisfying bit in all three of these areas: --Long conversations with my sisters and my teenage daughter Katie, which included forgotten details about high school boyfriends and my misbegotten behavior.--Editing and screening a ‘rough cut’ of my current film project with friends and colleagues.


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