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May 6, 2010 - 9:24pm
When I was a college freshman I had to take an English Literature course. It wasn't Lit 101/102 (the generally required two-semester sequence), it was a one-semester course for entering students who either were transfers from other schools or had scored well on the verbal portion of the SAT. The instructor was a visiting professor who'd gotten his PhD from Cambridge, and I remember that because he entered the first class meeting (a couple of minutes late, for effect) wearing full academic regalia.
May 6, 2010 - 8:17am
I attended an inspiring conversation with filmmaker Mira Nair recently at Columbia College Chicago. Nair spoke about how she arranges her production schedule around her son’s vacation calendar. "Monsoon Wedding" was not scheduled for a 30-day summer shoot to align with the rainy season as much as with son Zohran’s vacation from school.
May 5, 2010 - 10:13pm
In thinking some more about the Frontline episode, and reading through all the comments, it occurred to me that I had left out two major issues.
May 5, 2010 - 9:41pm
Let us engage in a thought experiment. You are teaching a course, and you want your students to participate in an online discussion/debate around some materials. The content that you want your students to discuss and debate is the PBS Frontline episode, "College Inc." that aired May 4th. The online discussion that you want your students to participate in is the one kicked off by Dean Dad -
May 5, 2010 - 9:46am
So, I'm sitting in my chair, drinking my first cup of coffee this morning and checking my email, when it starts.Mmmmmrrrrrrrrwwwwwwwooooo! Mmmmmrrrrrwwwwooooowwwwoowwww!Damn tomcat's around again. The good news, I guess, is that he's coming around in the daytime. Last summer, it was at night. All night. With the windows open, he came through loud and clear. Or so I thought at the time.Mmmrrrwwooowww! Mmrrooww? Mmrrrup!
May 5, 2010 - 4:41am
Last night "Frontline" did a show on for-profit higher education.It was a disappointing episode in many ways.
May 4, 2010 - 9:45pm
Three predictions about how changes in the curricular mediums will alter the learning process.Prediction 1: Curricular content will be consumed in shorter chunks, across more diffuse times, and in multiple places.Prediction 2: The amount of time any given individual (student) spends consuming curricular content will decrease.Prediction 3: The total amount of curricular content consumed will increase, as prior "non-students" and "student non-consumers" evolve into curricular consumers.
May 3, 2010 - 10:45pm
A cagey correspondent writes:A former colleague of my husband (at another college) tells my husband that she was just offered a tenure track position in the new department at a small public college. She tells my husband that the spouse of a colleague of her husband got her the opportunity to apply.Let's give them fake names:Yuppy: the small local public college expanding with a new departmentBigMed: public grad school with tons of money where my husband used to be research track
May 3, 2010 - 10:39pm
It feels like it's been a while since I wrote anything about being a parent in this space. It's been a busy semester at work, and I've had a lot on my mind related to teaching and advising, I suppose. It's also the case that I'm in that delightful stage of parenting that doesn't require hands-on attention every second to keep the kids alive. My daughter sends me a facebook message periodically — or, more often, just plays another round in one of our ongoing word games online — so I know she's all right.
May 3, 2010 - 8:27pm
I don't want to push my opinion too much about Cathy Davidson's grading experiments at Duke. Not that I don't have opinions, it's just that I don't have any better answers than everyone who commented on the article - as grading is a puzzle that we all struggle with. What I'd like to add are 3 ways that technology and learning technologists can assist faculty who would like to experiment as Professor Davidson has done with finding more authentic and effective ways to use grading to promote learning.


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