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July 12, 2010 - 9:24pm
Audible just launched it's new iPhone app. I'm so excited.I've played with the app a bit. Here's what it seems to do:1. You can see and download anything that is in your Audible library.2. Some advanced playback features.3. The ability to Tweet, Facebook, or e-mail what you are reading.4. A note taking tool.5. News and Events - including featured customer reviews, YouTube Audible links, Audible news and lists.What am I missing?
July 12, 2010 - 9:14pm
(My last blog post contained a spoiler alert—this one may need a “book nerd” alert, for I fear that its musings are only of interest to folks like me whose books threaten to take over their living spaces. Consider yourself warned.)
July 12, 2010 - 11:12am
Hardly a day passes when we don’t read about poor performance in higher education. This is true for those who follow the international scene and it’s true for those who follow mostly the US or virtually any other single country. The nearly relentless message is that we are not doing well in higher education. Modified, the message is at least that we are not doing nearly well enough.
July 11, 2010 - 10:01pm
Technology will be one of the essential factors if we hope to bend the educational cost curve. Like health care, but unlike other consumer goods and services, tuition in the past two-decades has risen much faster than either real wages or inflation.
July 11, 2010 - 9:15pm
University of Venus: a place for inspiration, change, and solutions.There is a crisis in higher education and we see this crisis as an opportunity for change.
July 11, 2010 - 9:10pm
Put down the flamethrowers, I’m not talking about money.In the summer, with fewer people on campus and some of the committees that usually fill my calendar on hold until September, I’ve discovered an unexpected bonus: time for wide-ranging, unstructured conversation.I don’t just mean shooting the breeze, either. I mean the kind of discussions in which people have the time and implied permission to go off-agenda and really explore a topic.
July 11, 2010 - 8:38pm
All of us are used to reading ads and seeing commercials for products and services that are characterized as “brand new” or “totally new.” And the reality often is that these products and services aren’t really new but they aren’t really “old” either. What they are, and there isn’t anything wrong with this, reflects evolutionary changes. We know change is a continuum and that over time these evolutionary changes can be an effective vehicle for significant change and enhancement.
July 11, 2010 - 6:57pm
For most of my working life — including school vacations in high school and college — I have worked at full-time, on-site jobs. This was what my father did, and my mother when she returned to work after my younger brother entered high school, and it’s how I had always defined "working." I took time off to be with my son when he was small, but that was understood to be temporary, and it was.
July 11, 2010 - 5:10pm
Whenever I think about feeding students on campus, a question comes into my mind. I've eaten meals on probably 100 campuses, most often in the same dining halls (or other facilities) the students use. Most of these operate on a basis of a single check-in (meal ticket, ID card swipe, give your name to the lunch lady, whatever), and then it's off the the races . . . buffet counters . . . food court. All you can eat, including as many trips as you want to make. A few operate, instead, on the basis of cash or point value, deducted from a declining balance.
July 10, 2010 - 1:53am
“Who was it that said, ‘To be human is to be a conversation?’” Pearl London asks Philip Levine.“I don’t know, but I’ll say it,” he replies.This week I’ve been reading Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America’s Poets, edited by Alexander Neubauer (Knopf 2010).


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