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March 25, 2010 - 7:48am
Enough work has been done in the field of “happiness” to award it with an academic designation as an enigmatic new field of study.
March 25, 2010 - 1:02am
The whole family off from school at the same time leads to new understandings. Did you know, for example, that Candy Land is a metaphor for hell? Stripped of agency by random card-draws, players make an endless pilgrimage on a twisted path to nowhere, suffering arbitrary malevolence from Gloppy the Molasses Monster and the foppish Mr. Mint.
March 24, 2010 - 9:44pm
In discussing with colleagues how some people do well as administrators and some don't, the same phrase keeps coming up. Dean x "gets it," and Dean y doesn't. I've used this description myself, but hearing it again this week, realized that it begs for definition.What does it mean to "get it"?
March 24, 2010 - 8:56pm
What would an Learning Management System (LMS) look like that was boiled down to its essential functions and features? Why would we want a minimalist LMS? Who could provide such a minimalist LMS?
March 24, 2010 - 8:15am
A recent piece in The New York Times discusses a trend in parenting that they call the “Mommy Wars”: competitive, judgmental child rearing. Several contributors to this discussion suggest that the web is responsible for this trend - the anonymous and ever-present, often first source of information from parenting sites, comments, and blogs.
March 23, 2010 - 10:02pm
When it comes to effective teaching, good learning design trumps advanced technology every time. Our energy and resources are best spent in partnering with faculty to insure that their courses are designed with solid learning design fundamentals. These fundamentals include:a) Courses broken up into units, with units usually (but not always) covering a week of course materials.
March 23, 2010 - 9:56pm
Why do webinars always suck?I've endured my fair share of webinars over the last few years, and anticipate enduring far more in the years to come. They're the poor man's version of travel, and in these budgetary times, there's something to be said for that. Given the ratio of filler-to-content in the average conference presentation, webinars seem like a reasonable bargain. And given both ever-improving technology and the increasing tech-savviness of the academic population, you'd expect webinars to be pretty good by now.
March 23, 2010 - 4:56pm
I was reminded recently of the classic game theory scenario known as The Prisoner's Dilemma. It goes something like this:You and another person have been arrested on suspicion of a serious crime. The cops can definitely hang a smaller rap on you, but they desperately want a confession because their case on the main charge is weak. You and your alleged accomplice are being held in separate cells, with no opportunity to communicate. The deal laid out to you is as follows.
March 22, 2010 - 9:56pm
The NYTimes should monetize its mobile app by integrating 3rd party shopping carts / wish lists from trusted partners such as Amazon, BN, Netflix, iTunes and others.
March 22, 2010 - 9:15pm
I know there's no good reason for it, but when I talk to someone on the phone repeatedly over time, I usually develop a mental picture of what s/he looks like.This week I actually met someone I'd been working with for about a year, and per usual, I wasn't even close.Do you ever do that? Is there some sort of capital-R Reason for it, or is it just a quirk?


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