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May 22, 2011
Regular readers of my contributions to this blog know I’m fiercely proud of the institution and role of the registrar in academia. I know the job has connotations of cranky women behind glass windows, churning out transcripts and denying students who try creative math with their degree requirements, but I see signs the role is changing.
May 22, 2011
Right now I'm thinking of the Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook (Artic White), without the 3 year contract. 5 Chromebook Reasons:
May 22, 2011
I have just finished updating my profile for an accrediting agency that both Hofstra and I are involved with. The update was necessary if I wanted to be considered for a future accreditation review team. I recognize that being part of an accreditation team entails significant work but I do so gladly because I think that accreditation makes an important positive difference.
May 22, 2011
As the self-appointed chronicler of rape culture for Mama PhD, I should probably be grateful to the universe for writing my post for me this week.Seriously, despite the horrendous woman abuse that's been reported recently, even the fact that these alleged crimes are being taken seriously represents an advance from when I was growing up.
May 20, 2011
Be sure to file your students' final grades today by noon, Central Standard Time, as the online system will lock you out after that point, and the Rapture will occur sometime Saturday.
May 20, 2011
To ask what is “digital literacy” is to ask first from what “literacy” derives? It is inexorably intertwined with history -- articulated self-consciousness. Archeological evidence from the Mesopotamian Valley suggests that trade fostered the first forms of this kind of communication. That makes some sense. As hunter/gatherers transformed into early agricultural societies, social organization inevitably came to assume greater degrees of specialization. Trade among members of the community as well as with outsiders would naturally emerge as a primary activity.
May 19, 2011
When I think about the California community college system for any length of time, it makes my soul hurt. Apparently, the state is considering addressing the capacity problem in California cc’s by allowing them to establish separate, parallel course offerings at higher prices.*headdesk*
May 19, 2011
College courses only work if the instructor retains control of the learning environment. This control must exist across physical and digital spaces.Don't these statements run counter to the ideas of active learning? Of learning as a negotiated process, where students construct their knowledge and are guided by the professor? Isn't the idea that faculty need to control the learning environment antithetical to the central tenets of student-centered learning?No, no, and no.
May 19, 2011
So many men, so many horny greedy self-saboteurs. This week has featured Strauss-Kahn and the Sperminator, but spectacular flame-out among America's and Europe's richest, most attractive, most powerful men has many fathers - so many that some commentators have gone back to atavistic explanations, as if civilization never happened, and our governors, senators, and presidents need to be reperceived as primordial slime.

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