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February 8, 2012
Hats off to Kellogg! It’s rare to see a market leader remaking its up-to-this-point-wildly-successful business model, but this is exactly what the new Dean, Sally Blount, is doing. 
February 8, 2012
Last week, Blackboard showed off its latest release of their core learning management system (LMS), 9.1 SP 8 - code named "Ocho."
February 8, 2012
Blackboard unveiled a new UI today, something that certainly seems a response to not just user complaints but to the flood of new learning management systems entering the market.  But is a UI change sufficient? A look at the Berlin-based iVersity shows a very different approach to thinking about what an online learning platform can be.
February 8, 2012
Is digital identity development part of your institution's orientation program? It's understandable if it isn't. After all, orientation programs are generally at capacity and an extra addition to the schedule is nearly impossible. However, I suspect that eventually, digital identity development will be present at almost all orientation programs.
February 8, 2012
Don't think you can do anything meaningful to help adjuncts? Think again.
February 8, 2012
Geez. What a week it’s been for women’s health rights. The Susan B. Komen Foundation flip-flopped after the online outrage for defunding Planned Parenthood. (Over a million Planned Parenthood Tweets!) Now the Obama administration appears to be hedging on a decision to require all health plans, including Catholic universities and hospitals, to cover contraception.
February 8, 2012
Over at the Chronicle, Scott Carlson had a really good article a couple of days back.  Based on the observations of a number of faculty members on different campuses, he suggests that our education system tends to segregate us from how the physical objects we deal with really work, get made, could be improved.
February 8, 2012
We do, because of the Internet and its intersection with business, law and people.  All one has to do is read the newspaper to know it is true.  Facebook seeks an public offering valued in the high billions.  Facebook's value is based on the information YOU provide it, which, technically, has no value.  The content industry is mad as hell about the failure of SOPA, et.al.  The content industry is sending out early valentines to academics asking in warm tones to talk about differences.
February 8, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to discuss a proposed and relatively dramatic policy change with someone fairly high in state government.  I objected to the change with some vigor, and outlined several objections that I thought added up to a compelling case.  She listened politely, and then gave an answer for which I hadn’t prepared.
February 7, 2012
It's fairly clear that Silicon Valley has decided that education is a space ripe for "disruption."  But there's a lot of talk that "suddenly" technology and education are coming together.  This is a grossly a-historical way to think about ed-tech, one that ignores years of research, development, successes and failures.



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