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October 6, 2010
I go to EDUCAUSE for the companies. More precisely, for the conversations I can have with the people who represent the educational technology companies that I currently or may interact with.Most of my time at EDUCAUSE is spent having these conversations. I realize that the more years that I attend the conference, the less time I can actually spend in sessions. Is this true with you as well?To get the most out of these conversations, on both sides, here are 5 quick guidelines:
October 6, 2010
One of my favorite personal learning networks (PLN) is the #SAchat. Student Affairs practitioners gather every week to chat via Twitter about a topic that is relevant to the field.
October 5, 2010
Apparently at the White House Community College Summit yesterday, President Obama announced no new public money for community colleges. But the Gates Foundation announced it would contribute $35 million.Obviously, for any one private entity to give $35 million is very generous. But it’s worth putting in perspective.It’s less than my college’s operating budget for one year. My college is one of 1100 community colleges across the country.
October 5, 2010
Greenback U has a sustainable purchasing policy in place. Barring a major difference in price, departments are supposed to consider environmental impact in all purchase decisions. As a result, there's been some shift in the mix of cars and trucks the University purchases. We have a number of hybrids in our campus fleet, and some natural gas-powered vehicles, and some that are fully electric. But those are still the exceptions.
October 5, 2010
I’ve always felt that the physical environment of educational institutions — their colours, their spaces, their architecture — is one of the least-considered elements in the constellation of educational “success factors,” though possibly the most pervasive one.
October 5, 2010
Are you an infrastructure junkie? Do you love server rooms, old steam tunnels, and campus power plants? Are you curious about how your campus network actually works? If so, I'm confident you will love: "On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work" by Scott Huler.
October 4, 2010
Smart move: The big publishers, (McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier), all realize that unless they change they will suffer a similar fate as the music publishers. Textbooks will be disaggregated. Content has gone from scarce to abundant. The open education movement, combined with cheap but powerful authoring tools, will insure that quality learning materials are available and discoverable.
October 4, 2010
My brother -- known to regular readers as Brother of Dean Dad -- sent me a nifty thought piece that I’d love to get my readers’ help explaining.
October 4, 2010
One of the policies Greenback U. has implemented, as it strives to be more environmentally and economically sustainable, prohibits vehicles from idling on campus for more than one minute at a time. Except in emergency situations, it applies to all cars and trucks -- university-owned, personal and commercial. The lawyers well me we can't restrict county- or city-owned vehicles, but signs at appropriate spots on campus don't make that exception explicit; if the driver of a Backboro city car thinks (s)he's covered by the policy and switches the motor off, I'm certainly OK with that.

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