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March 15, 2011
A lot of the people I talk to use the words "green" and "sustainable" interchangeably. If I'm tired, occasionally I do it myself. But the difference between the two is significant. One's subjective and relatively easy (although hardly the path of least resistance); the other's objective and downright difficult.
March 15, 2011
Last week I attended the University of Central Florida’s Information Fluency Conference. How smart to host a conference on this dynamic topic! How important to develop programs devoted to this area! How appropriate that interested parties from around the country (and one might imagine, soon from around the world) get together to share ideas, techniques and camaraderie!
March 15, 2011
Mr. Steve BallmerChief Executive OfficerMicrosoft Corp.Redmond, WADear Mr. Ballmer:Got a minute? We need to talk.Last week I spent $219.45 cash – my cash – for a copy of MacOffice 2011. Like a lot (millions?) of other Mac users, I’ve been a long time Microsoft client, buying upgrades of the MacOffice products. Although I own a Mac, my Mac really runs on Microsoft Office.
March 15, 2011
At times of increasing entrepreneurialism in universities, when budget pressures drive higher education administrators to press professors to think and act more like business executives, it may be of some use to remind ourselves of the various ways in which the vocation and career path of the academic depart from those of the business executive.
March 14, 2011
Gleickverb, Gleick'd, Gleicking
March 14, 2011
When I went to type the title of this post -- “Sprint” -- my fingers went to a different word instead: “Spring.” And that seems about right for this time of year. With Spring Break over, I feel as if I’m now in a sprint to the finish line. But in fact we’re not quite there yet; the sprint really begins, just after spring does, in a couple more weeks. We have another week or two to gear up, then, for the last month of classes, the month in which honors theses are due, final projects get finalized, next year’s schedule is settled and students start to register…and so on.
March 14, 2011
In the wake of yesterday’s post, which prompted notes from several alert readers reminding me that other states (such as Pennsylvania) were just as bad as those I named, I’ve been thinking about how the country would work if it simply gave up on the model of public higher education.
March 13, 2011
Should TED replace "Entertainment" with "Education"?Doesn't "Technology, Education, Design" make more sense than "Technology, Entertainment, Design"? Entertainment? We've got too many online entertainment options. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc., etc. TED Talks represent one of the futures of Education. Smart, concise, unbundled, mobile, emotional, and with attention to form. TED Talks have forever changed the lecture, the conference presentation, and the capture lecture.
March 13, 2011
With Wisconsin and Ohio getting most of the national attention lately, I’ve been struck by the amazing goings-on in other states that seem to be flying below the radar.
March 13, 2011
For all of my pie-in-the-sky musings about why

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