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March 25, 2010 - 9:46pm
The Boy complained again this week -- it's becoming pretty regular -- that he's bored with math, because it's too easy. Worse, he's frustrated with his classmates, since they keep needing to review stuff that he mastered two years ago. He's in third grade. Peer pressure is starting to kick in, too. A few days ago he got a problem wrong in class, and several of the other students did that "oooo" sound they do. He was embarrassed, and angry, and a little upset at the teacher for not doing anything about it.
March 25, 2010 - 8:00pm
Dean Dad asks, "Why do webinars always suck?"Dean Dad, you must be attending the wrong webinars. Have you attended any EDUCAUSE Live sessions?
March 25, 2010 - 7:50pm
A central tenet of economics is the assumption of non-satiation. This concept says that people will always want more of a good, that there is no such thing as “enough” fancy cars or chocolate cake. Of course, there can be more than enough of a bad thing, such as garbage. This assumption might be summarized by the phrase “more (or a good thing) is better.” Anyone who has been a parent to a young child knows this almost reflexive reaction to something they want. I recall times when my then two year old daughter was delighted with something and simply proclaimed “more.”
March 25, 2010 - 7:48am
Enough work has been done in the field of “happiness” to award it with an academic designation as an enigmatic new field of study.
March 25, 2010 - 1:02am
The whole family off from school at the same time leads to new understandings. Did you know, for example, that Candy Land is a metaphor for hell? Stripped of agency by random card-draws, players make an endless pilgrimage on a twisted path to nowhere, suffering arbitrary malevolence from Gloppy the Molasses Monster and the foppish Mr. Mint.
March 24, 2010 - 9:44pm
In discussing with colleagues how some people do well as administrators and some don't, the same phrase keeps coming up. Dean x "gets it," and Dean y doesn't. I've used this description myself, but hearing it again this week, realized that it begs for definition.What does it mean to "get it"?
March 24, 2010 - 8:56pm
What would an Learning Management System (LMS) look like that was boiled down to its essential functions and features? Why would we want a minimalist LMS? Who could provide such a minimalist LMS?
March 24, 2010 - 8:15am
A recent piece in The New York Times discusses a trend in parenting that they call the “Mommy Wars”: competitive, judgmental child rearing. Several contributors to this discussion suggest that the web is responsible for this trend - the anonymous and ever-present, often first source of information from parenting sites, comments, and blogs.
March 23, 2010 - 10:02pm
When it comes to effective teaching, good learning design trumps advanced technology every time. Our energy and resources are best spent in partnering with faculty to insure that their courses are designed with solid learning design fundamentals. These fundamentals include:a) Courses broken up into units, with units usually (but not always) covering a week of course materials.
March 23, 2010 - 9:56pm
Why do webinars always suck?I've endured my fair share of webinars over the last few years, and anticipate enduring far more in the years to come. They're the poor man's version of travel, and in these budgetary times, there's something to be said for that. Given the ratio of filler-to-content in the average conference presentation, webinars seem like a reasonable bargain. And given both ever-improving technology and the increasing tech-savviness of the academic population, you'd expect webinars to be pretty good by now.


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