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August 11, 2011
Some of the best advice I got recently about communicating is:"Don't filter information."
August 11, 2011
In math we often talk about “bounded sets.” A bounded set in two dimensions is one that we can draw a circle around, while one in three dimensions is one that can be placed in a sphere. I thought of this recently as I reflected back on the summer that is almost over. Bounded by the end of school on one side and the beginning of a new school year on the other, the set “the days of summer vacation” is certainly a bounded set, one what is quickly approaching the end of the list of such values.
August 11, 2011
In 2011, newsletters have to be social, mobile-optimized, searchable and accessible. Email-only newsletter generally have high open rates, but their content is not available via the web. PDF-based newsletters can be visually captivating, but they are often not optimized for accessibility. Several of us send out PDF newsletters via email subscription lists. A major element that is lacking with this distribution system is that it is one-way. Comments and social sharing are limited. Recently, I was asked about my thoughts on how to create a more modern newsletter solution.
August 11, 2011
Providing opportunities for students to get physically involved -- with meeting their needs, with the surrounding community, with modifying the campus -- is becoming an ever bigger part of our sustainability strategy at Greenback U. Breaking folks out of that passive consumer mindset is a necessary first step on the road to them becoming active and engaged citizens.
August 11, 2011
On the same day that we learned recall elections did not give Democrats control over the Wisconsin state Senate, professors were informed that the recently passed concealed weapons law allows individuals to bring a “gun, electric weapon (e.g., taser), billyclub, and a knife other than a switchblade” onto college campuses.
August 10, 2011
Google has been driving me crazy. Until this week, I had used our campus version of Google apps for my calendar (so it can easily synch with various campus calendars) and another Google account for my RSS feeds (because there wasn’t a Google Reader available for the campus accounts). These are things I use often, so I have live bookmarks on my Firefox toolbars and have moved easily from one to another – apparently more often than I realized until the day Google changed the way multiple accounts are handled.
August 10, 2011
"lecture capture" and "improving quality of our courses" are not phrases I think belong in same sentence--from a tweet by Clint Lalonde @clintlalonde Victoria, BC, Canada, Manager of Learning Technologies, Royal Roads University - linking to my 8/10/11 post on CIO questions.
August 10, 2011
I’ll miss Borders.Although most people remember Borders as a big-box suburban store, to me it was always a big-box chain awkwardly appended onto a really nifty, quirky store on State Street in Ann Arbor.
August 10, 2011
Student Affairs practitioners are always asking me to showcase student affairs units that are using social media. They want to see those who are "doing it best." During a webinar that I recently facilitated on strategic student affairs communications, this question came up during the Q/A portion and was referenced by a few folks in their evaluations.
August 10, 2011
Yesterday, I got an email from an acquaintance of long standing -- a national leader in the field of sustainability-meets-education. It invited me to join a group " that brings together business and academia professionals to collaborate on what is needed to educate students" about sustainability. So I follow the link, and find myself on a page with a logo for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation. Seems like a reputable outfit (McGraw-Hill having been around for a bit).

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