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August 26, 2010 - 9:15pm
Pretty busy this week, with all the usual opening activities. Still, I stumbled across a couple of interesting post-scripts to earlier rantings.
August 26, 2010 - 9:15pm
Before I say anything else, I want to praise you for responding so quickly to concerns raised by librarians about the new interface that was just rolled out. You folks grasped the issues, you didn't whitewash the problems, and you laid out a plan to solve them, providing a realistic assessment of how long it will take to make the necessary changes. Bravo.But ... honestly, what was that all about?
August 26, 2010 - 8:34pm
"Restrictions on enrollments at community colleges, particularly, are among the factors that have driven students to for-profit institutions, where tuitions are significantly higher." --from 3 Million and Counting, IHE 8/26/10Ideas to Increase Enrollments Without Significantly Driving Up Costs:
August 26, 2010 - 8:30pm
600 international ESL students. 3 levels of English. 3 academic tracks in 2 divisions: undergraduate and graduate. 4 or 5 classes per student. Classes cap at 20, 30, or 40. Classroom capacity ranges from 14 to 47. We have 27 classrooms and 65 (and counting) teachers. It sounds like one big multi-part GRE question with endless permutations. It is the reality of international education administration.
August 26, 2010 - 8:09pm
It is sometimes said that it would be good to find a “two handed economist”, as we are known for seeing both sides of issues, and summarizing our thoughts with “on the one hand, but on the other hand.” It was that ambiguity that I felt when I saw some ads in a local newspaper that reminded me of a discussion that has been going on in this space recently.
August 26, 2010 - 9:00am
I remember when I first saw the Verizon Wireless commercial featuring the Layar Reality Browser. It looked like something out of a science fiction movie. When my student web coordinator came in to the office with her iPhone, I asked her if she had ever heard of "Layar." She had not heard of it so we downloaded it from the App Store. I was amazed at how the app used the phone's camera, GPS and Internet access to create a virtual layer of information over the image being displayed by the phone.
August 26, 2010 - 8:27am
Geez! Tuesday was the first day of school for my teenagers and my alarm did not go off! Either that or I had turned it off and rolled back to sleep.I was in Florida at the beginning of this week, both to get my teenagers off for their first day of school and also to vote. I have assessed that it is statistically more important for me to vote in the state of Florida than it is in Illinois where my university job resides (but Blagojevich has me questioning that decision...)My son Nick woke me up frantically in my bedroom, “Mom! It’s after 7!”
August 26, 2010 - 4:15am
Pity me, dear reader, as the hard drive on my notebook computer crashed earlier this month. While not as traumatic as a death in the family, the end of a marriage or long-term relationship, or sitting in the passenger seat the first time your teenager drives your car, the days following the crash were dark ones. Very difficult, very frustrating, and painfully unproductive.
August 25, 2010 - 9:51pm
A new correspondent writes (edited for anonymity):
August 25, 2010 - 9:30pm
Over the past two-days my institution held our Active Learning Institute, a professional development opportunity focused on teaching and learning. The Active Learning Institute is run out of our Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), with participants drawn from faculty, lab instructors, and future teaching faculty.

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