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January 31, 2010 - 8:46pm
One of my colleagues jokes that when she retires from her academic tech gig that she is going to start a consulting company solely focussed on guiding ed tech vendors in improving their webinar demos. Webinars are the product demos given over WebEx (or some other synchronous tool) that have largely replaced the campus visit for at least the initial company show-and-tell.
January 31, 2010 - 8:31pm
When wives earn more outside the home, and husbands take on more housework, marriages tend to be happier!Men are now doing twice as much housework, and three times as much childcare, as they did in the 1960s!It says so right here in the New York Times, so it has to be true, right?
January 28, 2010 - 10:01pm
I've mentioned before that one upside to the Great Recession may be that it finally puts to rest the myth that academic hiring is some sort of meritocracy. Putting that myth to rest would be a good thing, to the extent that it can help frustrated applicants get past self-blame and/or false hope, and find paths that make sense over the long term.This week I saw another upside, this time on the student side.
January 28, 2010 - 9:53pm
Jim Groom is dead on - I'm pandering to the iPad. Why stop now?(But seriously….stay tuned for a full blog post responding to Jim's comments yesterday - I think he is on to something and I have the links of open learning resources at UMW to prove it).Back to the iPad pandering.
January 28, 2010 - 9:29pm
A short story can never be too rich or too thin. J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish - its three tight-fitted scenes packed with sentiment and suggestion - is the Babe Paley of short stories.It's effortlessly, agelessly elegant. You pay a visit to Bananafish after being away from it for twenty years, and the way it puts its sweetness, hilarity, and horror together still feels like the latest thing.
January 27, 2010 - 9:32pm
A new correspondent writes:I have a dilemma. I currently writing my thesis for a MS degree (industrial management). My committee has the rough draft to evaluate. Expected graduation was the end of this spring but summer or fall is a becoming more realistic. I intend to go on for a PhD (Business Administration w/ a operations/technology management specialization), and then pursue a academic career (teaching and/or administrative). I am considering pursuing a second masters degree (MBA) with a dual specialization before the PhD. Why a second masters?
January 27, 2010 - 8:57pm
The risk of the iPad for higher education is that the device will prove a "sustaining innovation" in learning technology.
January 27, 2010 - 8:46pm
It’s a humbling experience when you realize that, yes indeed, you are one of those over-educated Americans who can be taken in by an email that asks you for credit card information or by a telemarketing voice that promises to lower your interest rates if you will just provide them with your card number and zip code.
January 27, 2010 - 8:17pm
No, I'm not concerned with what will be (by the time you read this) last night's State of the Union address. I've seen and heard too many of those over the years to have any doubt that the state of our union will be declared to be strong. Realities notwithstanding.
January 27, 2010 - 7:24pm
When explaining how to prepare adequately for creative writing workshops, I ask new classes to take their peers’ work home and read it more than once, to make generous line annotations, and to write one-page letters on the back for more global concerns. All this is prelude to the verbal discussions that will take place when we reconvene for workshop.

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