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October 16, 2009 - 2:30pm
So if educators in "red" states should take it upon themselves to correct their elected climate change deniers in public, do those of us in "blue" states get a free ride? Not at all.Too many people on the "blue" side of various aisles condition their support for Waxman-Markey, or Kerry-Boxer, or more substantive climate change legislation on the availability of corporate welfare for increased nuclear power, for "clean coal" technology, and for extravagant hand-outs to existing utility companies. Not all, but still ...
October 15, 2009 - 8:52pm
Should a college doing layoffs simultaneously fund sabbaticals?
October 15, 2009 - 8:34pm
A long time ago, in a college that now seems to be a galaxy far, far away, I started my college career thinking that I was going to major in physics. While I did go on to earn a minor in the subject, it wasn’t long before I realized that I could apply the same math used in physics to study the economy, and I changed my major to economics, going on to earn a Ph.D. in the field. Besides, when I was in high school, I had gone so far as to take out a classic economics textbook from the library and read it, for fun. I guess I should have known that economics would grab me in the end.
October 15, 2009 - 6:58pm
The Chronicle's article "Open Courses: Free, but Oh, So Costly" provides one model for open courseware. This M.I.T. model costs $10,000 to $15,000 per course - double that if lecture capture video is included. Marc Parry, the articles author, notes that:
October 15, 2009 - 4:04pm
Any real debate is over. Take a look at the following, and then let's talk about whose words these are.Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increasesin global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and risingglobal average sea level. Global mean surface temperatures have risen by 0.74°C (1.3ºF) overthe last 100 years. The rate of warming over the last 50 years is almost double that over the last
October 15, 2009 - 8:10am
In the last couple of months, my husband and I were both “furloughed”: we were each informed by our respective employers that we had to take 5 (in his case) and 8 (in my case) unpaid days off. Of course, like many Americans, we smarted at this financial blow. But we also thought heck, it’s better than being laid off entirely, or watching our co-workers get laid off. However, there was one crucial difference in our respective furloughs: my husband (who works in the private sector) was told to take those days off.
October 14, 2009 - 11:27pm
Here’s the set-up; you have until Friday at 4:00 to answer: You’re teaching an introductory survey for non-majors to a lecture hall of 200 students. Since the class is only 50 minutes long, three times a week, you handed out a prompt last Monday for a short take-home essay due Friday by 4:00 p.m. The prompt stipulated that no late essays would be accepted. On Wednesday last week you gave an in-class test of matching, fill-in-the blank, and short answers. You drove your TAs (and yourself) to finish grading and recording all the scores by the end of the weekend.
October 14, 2009 - 9:38pm
This in IHE contains a lot, and is well worth pondering. It has several posts' worth of material, actually, but for today, I'll just focus on this:
October 14, 2009 - 9:33pm
Every presentation that you make should be posted up to http://www.slideshare.net/ Every slide deck that your students create should be posted to Slideshare. Every conference presentation should have a Slideshare. Check out Malcolm Brown's presentation on the Classroom of the Future and tell me that I'm wrong. Slideshare Predictions:
October 14, 2009 - 4:20pm
For a while now, I've been hearing that climate change is, among other things, a moral issue. The basic argument centers on the truth that the people who will suffer first and worst as the planet heats up are ones who had little or nothing to do with creating the problem. People living in marginal settings -- in semi-deserts, on unprotected coastal plains, in the Arctic -- are already seeing increased incidence of droughts, wild-fires, storm surges and ice melt.

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