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October 31, 2010
(Note to my readers: sorry about last week. Life intervened much more than I expected it to. Now, back to the regularly scheduled blog.)Sometimes a little cognitive dissonance can be helpful.
October 31, 2010
Do you know the story of the Potemkin Villages? Russian Minister Gregory Potyomkin allegedly ordered the building of fake villages and imported “happy serfs” to impress Catherine II as she toured recently conquered territory in the Crimea in 1787. Whether myth or fact, today the term Potemkin Village has come to mean “an impressive façade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition.”
October 31, 2010
We don't notice infrastructure until it fails. In my case, I never noticed utility poles until I moved to a house served by electricity and phone wires, but not by cable (or DSL until recently!). In the efforts to bring broadband to my street (we finally succeeded - I'm off satellite Internet for good), I started to notice and think about utility poles.
October 31, 2010
In coming back to my office from a University Lecture, I cut through a main administrative parking lot. The lot has three rows of cars and a total capacity of approximately 60 cars. Though I don’t normally take much notice of cars in a parking lot, for whatever reason that day these cars caught my attention. In the entire first row of the parking lot, there was one American car. In looking at the remaining two rows, there was perhaps one more American car. The American cars were not new models and the other cars varied from relatively old to new looking.
October 31, 2010
A reader alerted me to this article in the New Haven Register because of its pertinence to the continuing discussion on this forum about holding teens accountable for irresponsible or bullying behavior.
October 31, 2010
In advance of election day, I got into a conversation with a bunch of folks around the topic of conservatism. I've always wondered why it was that conservation -- the practice of conserving -- is somehow not an aspect of modern conservatism. The conversation helped me deepen my understanding of that disconnect.
October 30, 2010
English (rather than British) higher education is presently digesting the report by Lord Browne, the ex-boss of BP, called Securing a Sustainable Future for Higher Education, published on 12 October. Browne’s report provided the context for the higher education component of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announced on 20 October, which reduced the state budget for higher education by 40%, to be achieved in the period to 2014/15. This is, quite literally, an unprecedented cut in public support for higher education.
October 29, 2010
For this English professor, one of the surprises of becoming a college president has been the extent of engagement with the athletic program. While most of the work I do is of course closely aligned with that of the academic program, I have found that it is a rare day that I'm not engaged with some aspect of Alma's athletic program. A competitive cyclist and college football fan myself, I find this work comes naturally. But I have some studying to do: it will be a while before I understand the intricacies of the rule book for women's volleyball, for example.
October 28, 2010
I use Twitter a lot. I am actively engaged in using Twitter as my personal and professional learning network. As a platform for learning and communication, Twitter is constantly evolving due to the many ways in which its community of users "learns" how to maximize "tweeting." Here are some of the websites and tools that I use on a regular basis to leverage the power of Twitter.Twitter Apps / Clients:
October 28, 2010
Digital coursepacks have the ability to incorporate content that today is available only through the learning management system (LMS). The iPad is a great platform to develop coursepack specific apps, ones that can facilitate the efficient consumption and navigation of course content and deliverables.

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