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November 22, 2010
Anecdotally, it looks like the new Higher Education Act is doing a number on college bookstores, and on bookstores in college towns.
November 22, 2010
Can you remember what life was like before the Internet? I can ... but barely. I remember sending my first e-mail, and putting the entire message in the subject line, not knowing how it worked; the person to whom I was responding kindly phoned me up to explain it to me. I remember using Gopher, burrowing down through files and folders to see what was there. I recall a friend telling me about a new development that he thought would change everything, and it did; he was describing the World Wide Web and the browser that opened the door to just about everything.
November 22, 2010
Tractors are tools. Growing up in Iowa, I was always impressed by the variety of tractors that were used for farming. My parents owned an ancient Case IH tractor. It didn't have a cab, power steering, or 4 wheel drive. It was a relic. An antique that worked long past its "expiration date." My grandfather's equipment was much more advanced. His tractors had air conditioning, a radio, and power steering.
November 22, 2010
Sometimes teaching is a lot like baking. It helps to have a goal, and to have the basics down, but then it also helps to be flexible. Sometimes you just don’t have the necessary ingredients (the motivated students? The right mix of readings?), but you still have to teach the class. Baking’s often a lot like that for me.
November 22, 2010
I got a bit of a shock last week; it reminded me just how strongly the disciplinary culture rules at Greenback U.I happened to be walking from one academic building to another. A tenured faculty member I know who's been teaching here for about eight years was headed in the same direction for a different meeting at the same time. The building to which we were both walking is a major one on campus, part of one of our better-known schools, facing out on an academic quad. But she didn't know which building it was.
November 22, 2010
On November 7, 2010, 3.3 million Brazilian secondary school graduates, hoping for a place in a university, took the National Assessment of Secondary Education (ENEM), a two-day examination marathon covering the humanities, natural sciences, language and mathematics. The next day, it appeared that in some places the answer sheets had not been printed correctly, leading to errors in test correction. A few days later, a federal judge suspended the exam, and ordered the Ministry of Education to do it over.
November 22, 2010
Nice try, Mr. Grande, the plaintiff's lawyer, but I don't suspect there will be any cigars. Many articles on the issue have pointed out the same opinion. This post is a minor amplification why.
November 21, 2010
Where does professors’ authority in the classroom come from?
November 21, 2010
Two surveys released earlier this month add detail to the map of online education in the United States. The 2010 Sloan Consortium Report documents the continuing growth of online education and the impact of the current economic downturn on rising online enrollments.
November 21, 2010
The phrase was new to me but the concept and the consequences are very familiar. William G. Bowen, in giving the keynote address at the recent TIAA-CREF Higher Education Leadership Conference, talked about students and their families underinvesting in higher education. Given the important economic and social benefits of higher education, why would there be underinvestment and how does this work? The reason for the underinvestment is simple — many families are looking for a bargain. They are looking to get the degree at a lower cost or possibly at the lowest cost possible.

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