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February 1, 2011
The CHE has a story today with the lead headline: iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student InventionsI await complete comment until the opportunity to review the rules of the new policy established in light of the events that spawned the issue. But I have some general thoughts already.Students in a programing class wrote a break-out iPhone app downloaded over a quarter of a million times and suddenly the university wants a piece of the action.
January 31, 2011
From an early age we drill into children’s heads that they need to work hard to go to college so they can prepare for a successful life. Many students and their families take out loans and drain savings to pay for college. And for what? Are they getting what they pay for?
January 31, 2011
Is academic hiring meritocratic? The author of this piece assumes that it is. As someone whose job it is to actually hire faculty, I can attest that merit is only a small part of the picture.
January 31, 2011
The mobile education company I'd start would look something like this:Customers: The near poor and aspirational middle-class in emerging economies.Revenue Model: Advertising and up-sell to paid content and services.Delivery Mechanism: Mobile internet devices (from smart phones to inexpensive tablets/notebooks).Services: Everything from English language lessons to test preparation to remedial learning to fully accredited degrees.The vision for this education company rests on 3 assumptions.
January 31, 2011
My first post about the proposed consolidation between ACPA and NASPA (they are the largest student affairs associations in higher education) was mostly neutral. I will admit that it had a slight pro-consolidation bent to it. However, I tried to present a list of resources that I thought would be helpful for members as they contemplate the proposed consolidation logistics. Am I for consolidation? Yes.
January 31, 2011
I have a big birthday coming up this year. Never mind which one — ok, I’ll be fifty — but somehow this one feels bigger than any previous big birthdays. When I turned thirty, my first child was still small and I was not yet finished with my degree. At forty, I had a second child and tenure. Those other milestones — the children, the degree, the job — all felt bigger than a birthday.
January 30, 2011
Who is your academic or higher education role model? Who are you trying to model your career after?Ana: Although I don't have a given professional or academic role model, I have had the chance to meet individuals that inspired me, by their professional integrity, ideas and core human values. Mostly, they are people trying to induce change and to make the world a better place, by promoting outstanding professional and intellectual achievements while keeping high ethical standards.
January 30, 2011
TechSmith puts its pricing for its terrific presentation capture Relay system right on its website.
January 30, 2011
(Program note: A huge “Thank You!” to all the readers who volunteered info on how their colleges handle grade appeals. There’s quite a bit of variation out there! I appreciate the feedback.)An occasional correspondent writes:I filled out a faculty self evaluation yesterday. Of course it was not called that. Rather it had some crazy acronym I don't really recall... maybe a P-PEAR (Personnel Personal Evaluation Assessment Revue)?
January 30, 2011
The student affairs technology sphere or #satech for short, is made up of a variety of SA professionals. Starting today, I'm going to be profiling members of the community. Who are they? Where do they work? What do they do? I think it's important to let folks know that there are quite a few #satech professionals in higher education. My first interview is with one of my favorite #satech community members.

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