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August 4, 2010 - 9:31pm
This Fall’s enrollment patterns aren’t looking anything like historical norms. I’m curious to see if that’s a local quirk, or if folks elsewhere are seeing the same thing.
August 4, 2010 - 3:45pm
"In four years at a fairly tech-savvy university, I never did anything with video mashups (or video in general) for class. What am I missing out on? What does video do that can't be done in other mediums?" (IHE 7/27/10 in a comment to Copyright Ruling + Online Video Platforms = Active Learning) Max followed up his comment with an e-mail:
August 4, 2010 - 8:27am
This summer I thought I’d teach my daughter to read. I’m not sure why I had in mind that we’d just sit down everyday for reading lessons. This approach didn’t work with my son, but some of my daughter’s friends have learned to read this way, so I thought we’d try. After the first couple of short lessons I realized it wasn’t going to work. We both got frustrated, and my daughter told me it was boring. She was eager to get to the good parts in the stories without having to work hard. I don’t blame her. I can’t stick with a book either if it’s too much work and little reward.
August 3, 2010 - 9:00pm
In William Rosen's masterful new book, The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention, the most powerful idea is not the invention of the steam engine. Rather, the title refers to the development of the concept that ideas can be property, and that through the availability of patent law and capital, individuals tinkerers can become industrial scale innovators.
August 3, 2010 - 9:00pm
When tragedy hits a close-knit community like Alma, Michigan, we all feel it. Two weeks ago, it hit hard. I was in a meeting at city hall when the call came in. A plane flying out of our local airport had gone down over Lake Michigan.In the hours that followed, the news trickled in: a mercy flight for our school superintendent who has been battling cancer departed Alma en route to the Mayo Clinic. A Chicago boater in the area pulled one man out alive. Two more were said to be in the water, with eight-foot swells. Two were unaccounted for.
August 3, 2010 - 4:01pm
There is something about the air in America that seduces the senses. To those who have never been to the land of milk and honey, the scent one encounters in opening the ubiquitous balikbayan box (Filipino care package) is a close proxy. It is intoxicating, tempting and proven to induce reckless behavior among even the well-intentioned foreigner, even serious academics.
August 3, 2010 - 4:15am
Five years ago, I was speaking with a technology provider about the accessibility of their service. A lot of their functionality was delivered via a Flash-based interface. Knowing that content in a Flash file could not be read by screenreaders, I inquired about the accessibility of the soon-to-be purchased technology solution. The response was lackluster. Section 508 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were not mentioned.
August 2, 2010 - 9:15pm
Late last week, hearings were held in Congress on whether federal agencies that pour billions of tax dollars into research should follow the National Institutes of Health's example and require that researchers provide a copy of the published research findings to the agencies within twelve months so it can be made publicly accessible.
August 2, 2010 - 9:15pm
The NYTimes may not be convinced that our academic leaders should serve on multiple corporate boards, but I'm a big believer in participating in the academic-industrial complex.

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