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August 2, 2010 - 8:04pm
During my last trip to US last week I had very “impressionist” experience. It was partly due to the a chance to visit National Gallery in Washington where a beautiful collection of impressionism masterpieces is now on display but mainly because our group had very short but fruitful visits to several universities in Washington, DC., Baltimore, New York and Boston.The main purpose of our visit was to study experiences of various universities in creating, implementing and maintaining university-wide learning management systems.
August 2, 2010 - 4:30pm
Whilst traveling through a housing market well-removed from Backboro, I was struck by the prices developers were getting for moderately sized semi-detached (read: half a duplex) houses on tiny lots. Mrs. R. even commented that they better need little or no maintenance, as there wasn't enough space between two adjacent (as opposed to adjoining) units to raise a decent ladder.
August 1, 2010 - 9:41pm
My psychic powers tell me that in the next few weeks, as the back-to-school rush hits, we’ll be inundated with complaints about textbook costs. This is about as risky a prediction as guessing that the sun will rise in the East.
August 1, 2010 - 9:38pm
I was very pleased to read the recent news article in Inside Higher Ed describing the new essay service that has been made available by Turnitin.com to uncover plagiarism in admissions essays.
August 1, 2010 - 8:15pm
My sons and I hold a recurrent discussion about the reason school lets out in early June and resumes on the cusp of September. They adhere to the notion that a summer vacation came to them as a birthright. I point out the critical difference between the break they receive and the vacation they claim.
August 1, 2010 - 6:28pm
Have you checked out Scitable, a free online teaching/learning portal combining peer reviewed articles and teaching materials with social networking features? Scitable has an interesting funding model, relying on an NPR approach of underwriting as opposed to advertising or subscriptions to pay for the service. Scitable's mission is to spread science literacy, and increase the number of people who choose science as a career, by making high quality science learning resources available online through a robust and flexible platform.
August 1, 2010 - 3:10pm
My 40th (yikes!) high school reunion is coming up, and my inbox has been clogged with correspondence about it — the official invitation, and group emails asking help in tracking down elusive classmates or compiling a representative slide show. Then there are the messages from friends, discussing whether or not to go, and why.
August 1, 2010 - 9:42am
Greetings from Paris, one of the 'calculative centres' associated with the globalization of higher education. One of the key institutions associated with this development process is the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OECD/OCDE) given its work on higher education, as well as on related issues such as innovation, science and technology, and so on.
July 29, 2010 - 9:06pm
"If we give up on having library collections (digital or otherwise) and outsource access to and preservation of knowledge to corporations, we will have neither access nor preservation."--Barbara Fister
July 29, 2010 - 8:50pm
Patterns are central to math and statistics. If we add two of something to two more of that something, we get four of it. We say that something is “statistically significant” if we see patterns in the data that would not be expected to show up randomly. And we can write patterns, such as the famed “Fibonacci Sequence” by looking at the previous values and defining the newest value in terms of the previous ones.

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