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June 15, 2011
When I was on the InCommon Steering Committee, I wrote an article for EDUCAUSE Review imagining uses for the bridging authentication technology that many people know as "Shibboleth." That exercise let out the genie in me that long had a penchant for big ideas. Having grown up in Catholic education, the concept of globalization was nothing new, so the idea, first, of a physical Internet layer that went around the world, and then, second, interoperable authentication to access content was consistent with a deeply held tradition and vision.
June 15, 2011
My son and I recently found a new interest to share. It’s not something artistic such as singing, or athletic such as tae kwon do. No, instead my son and I both enjoy battling zombies together.Little did I suspect what would happen when I sat down next to my kids six weeks ago to watch them play a computer game. I didn’t understand the appeal; what could possibly have them so sucked in they couldn’t stop when their screen time was up for the day? I wanted to understand why they were so hooked, and I wanted to know what they were talking about.
June 15, 2011
Young woman arguing angrily with her mother in a grocery store in rural West Virginia, just last year: "Mom! Get with it! It's the 20th century!"
June 14, 2011
Over 90 percent of our online students aren’t online students.They’re onsite students who also take online classes. They use online classes to round out their schedules and reduce conflicts with work. In most cases, the majority of their coursework is onsite. The pure “online student” is very much the exception.
June 14, 2011
Every month, I receive an email from Mary Churchill letting me know that my University of Venus post is about to go live. And each month, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach: maybe this month is the month that I’ve gone too far and my writing will come back and bite me in the ass professionally. Each month, after about a week, I exhale, once again feeling like I’ve dodged a bullet.
June 14, 2011
Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
June 14, 2011
A teenager and his siblings make a list of the common sayings of their parents: “Let me tell you…”; “When I was your age…”; “What you need to do is…”; etc. They write them on individual slips of paper, shuffle them and hand them out. At dinner, the parents hold forth; someone suddenly but quietly mutters, “Bingo.”
June 13, 2011
A new correspondent writes:I am a rather new full time faculty member at a community college. I have not been here long enough to qualify to run for chairperson of my department. My dean has expressed to me that he wants me to run for this position. I love teaching and really don't feel that this is the direction I want to take right now. Further, most of my department is off contract currently and I feel that if I were elected chair, this would serve to divide the department.Would it be wiser to to run for chair rather than refuse?
June 13, 2011
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a route that passes through the middle ground between light and shadow. Your next stop - the copyright Twilight Zone!Imagine it’s a year or two from now. You're preparing to teach an upper division course and want to assign a dozen groundbreaking journal articles published over the past century.

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