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July 27, 2010 - 2:17pm
A new ruling from the United States Copyright Office that is making the rounds in higher education and blogosphere circles has a simple core meaning: fair use now applies to section 1200 of the DMCA, the anti-circumvention provision.
July 27, 2010 - 1:15pm
A recent blog post at the University of Venus, “When Tenure Disappears,” argues that PhD training is limited to training people to become future faculty members, emphasizing rigorous but narrow preparation for jobs that no longer exist.
July 27, 2010 - 12:30am
I am a self-identified web stats addict. I love logging in to Google Analytics and checking out the web stats from the various sites that I administer. While I acknowledge that the data that web analytics packages can track is a tad bit like "Big Brother," I think that student affairs practitioners should be tracking their web stats in order to provide relevant information to their students.
July 26, 2010 - 9:47pm
When The Economist (July 24-30, 2010, p. 43), one of the world’s most influential magazines, devotes attention to academic fraud in China, the issue has reached a high level of international attention. I wrote about this issue in the broader context of Asia’s efforts to gain global academic leadership in my article “Enter the Dragons? Not so Fast” (Times Higher Education, June 17, 2010, pp. 38-39). The Economist points to a number of egregious examples of academic dishonestly, plagiarism, misuse of academic degrees and awards in China.
July 26, 2010 - 9:03pm
The 7/22 article in the NYTimes, "Windows Upgrade Helps Microsoft to a Record Quarter," got me thinking about enterprise vs. consumer platforms in our world of learning tech. Microsoft is making tons of money on enterprise licenses, but its stock price remains flat because their consumer brand continues to erode. In a world of iPads and iPhones, apparently consumer sales are where Wall Street sees future growth potential.
July 26, 2010 - 8:11pm
Recently I’ve been remembering a conversation I had with my dad many years ago — when my husband and I were still in grad school and my daughter was about three years old. As I recall it, I said that I was turning out not to be one of those moms who laments when the children get “too big to cuddle”; rather, I was really enjoying being the mother of a preschooler. My dad — who by this time had helped raise four children — didn’t miss a beat. “I really like being the parent of graduate students, myself,” he said.
July 26, 2010 - 6:00pm
Not too long ago, I had my car repaired. It's got about 100K miles on it and, being a GM product, the fuel sending unit failed. That's the moderately complex doohickey that both pumps fuel from the tank and tells you how much fuel remains. The "how much fuel remains" part had gone entirely bonkers (so my gas gauge needle was swinging randomly left and right), and at that mileage it made sense to replace the whole assembly even though only one little part of it had failed.
July 26, 2010 - 9:00am
Recently, Frau R. and I went on vacation, and stayed in a chain hotel (not my favorite choice, but at least most chains don't operate like big-box retailers, they're independent operators signing on for branding clout). After a day or two, my dame joined us. The way things worked out, the Mrs. and I got a free room update, but my dame didn't. When I compared the two rooms, there wasn't a lot of difference. The upgraded room was furnished a little more stylishly (I think -- I'm no expert in these things), but the basic room was actually more functional. And notably more efficient.
July 25, 2010 - 9:30pm
When William Julius Wilson wrote When Work Disappears in 1996, he wasn’t saying that work was actually disappearing. He was saying that work as urban poor folks had known it had been forever changed – factory jobs with benefits had all but disappeared. Today, new positions at factories receive thousands of applications and people are willing to move their families halfway across the country for a full-time job with health insurance. I grew up in a GM family in Flint, Michigan. My father worked night shifts on the line.
July 25, 2010 - 9:19pm
What if the real purpose of education should be to prepare our brains to function well throughout our lifespan? What if our explicit goals shift from creating brains that can operate well in the economy (or whatever other institutional missions we promote), to the goal of fostering cognitive reserves? What if promoting healthy brains was the best mechanism for creating productive citizens, and all the other values we believe in as educators and educational institutions were best served in service of the brain?


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