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October 9, 2009 - 12:51am
Apparently, it's compare-and-contrast week on the blog.
October 9, 2009 - 12:38am
This one week when I was ahead of myself and wrote my entry early in the week, and, what do you know, I find myself changing it at the last minute. I was so intrigued by Dana Campbell’s column yesterday talking about what may be the truth behind the idea of well-educated women “opting out” of high-pressure jobs in order to parent that I wanted to write some thoughts in reply to it. She did a great job of summarizing the discussion that started in the Washington Post last week, and went on to suggest some thoughts of her own.
October 9, 2009 - 12:29am
I spend more time in Blackboard then any other application / site. For the past 7 years Blackboard has been the place where I taught my online/hybrid courses, partnered with subject matter experts to build courses, and trained faculty. In many ways Blackboard enabled my transition from full-time teaching to learning technology. Blackboard has put bread on my table.
October 8, 2009 - 9:33am
Temperatures are on the rise as funds are sinking fast for college tuition.
October 7, 2009 - 11:09pm
A little while back I was involved in a meeting at which a relatively contentious issue was debated. One person prefaced her statement with something along the lines of “the such-and-such committee has discussed this, and passed a motion saying x. I'm just here to convey that.” I took issue with x, and gave my reasons. She took umbrage at my answer, and responded that “well, I'm just conveying the message, and I think that ought to be respected.”I don't know what “respect” means in that sentence.
October 7, 2009 - 10:58pm
Dear Ray,A quick note to say hello from your fans out in the higher ed. community. Hello.As President of Blackboard's teaching and learning division, Blackboard Learn, you have strong support and a built in fan base among learning technologists. Bringing you onboard as President of Blackboard Learn was the best step that Blackboard could have taken to connect with your higher ed. learning community.
October 7, 2009 - 8:27pm
One of the tools I find most effective when talking to students about climate change is (no surprise here) streaming video. NASA has done a couple of pretty good ones, but predictions change rapidly as new data becomes available, so I'm always on the lookout for the newer and the more visually impressive.Lately, some of the best videos have been based on climate modeling and predictions out of the Met Office Hadley Centre -- the UK's main government agency on such matters.
October 7, 2009 - 8:42am
An article in the Washington Post last week stirred up the old “Opt-out” argument of Lisa Belkin by bringing in recent census statistics to investigate patterns of at-home parenting.
October 6, 2009 - 8:58pm
Where did September go? I ask this every year, suspecting that Alma Mater has teamed up with Mother Nature to play a trick on me. The stretch from Labor Day to payday is always a blur: of eager or anxious new faces, of people asking where-is and how-to questions, of hiring and training new student workers, and of reconnecting with faculty whom I haven’t seen since May. My calendar, instead of being mostly empty as it was in August, is suddenly mostly full, and my task list seems endless, with deadlines or orientation activities almost every day.
October 6, 2009 - 8:53pm
It isn't often that you can see a historical inflection point this clearly. Posted on the same day, these two articles need to be read next to each other.

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