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July 14, 2011
[I have wonderful students in the course I am teaching this summer! This student has commented on Quero, the project that E.U. brought to counteract the perceived U.S. cultural bias of Google. The project died, which the student notes, with this conclusion: "It must be that the Free Market in the US and the more relaxed regulation better favors innovation and success. It might be that Europe is better at regulating Internet and new Technology but it seems it might be the case that there would not be much to regulate without the innovative market from the US."
July 13, 2011
A thoughtful correspondent writes:I really wish someone would figure out a useful guide for identifying bloat, so I can know it when I see it and know whether to get rid of it. I used to think, for example, that the lab techs were just people who scrubbed out the test tubes because lazy students didn't do it, and prepared slides because lazy profs didn't do it. Then I found out that some of those lab techs also ensure compliance with federal safety regulations. The last thing I want to do is to cut our compliance staff.
July 13, 2011
Recently, I was asked what advice I'd give to a new online learner. What are the main things that an online student should keep in mind when preparing to take a blended or fully online course? Below is my best shot - I'm curious what you would add, take away, and improve. 7 Keys to Success as an Online Learner:
July 13, 2011
The development of linkages between higher education systems in a variety of ‘world regions’ continues apace. Developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Gulf, and Latin America, albeit uneven in nature, point to the desire to frame and construct regional agendas and architectures. Regionalism -– a state-led initiative to enhance integration to boost trade and security -- is now being broadened out such that higher education, and research in some cases, is being uplifted into the regionalism impulse/dynamic.
July 13, 2011
Sometimes I think I’ve been blessed. At my college, the academic and financial sides of administration work well together. This is not a universal condition, nor has it always held throughout my career.Based on having seen the relationships work and not work in various places, I have a few suggestions for a successful working relationship.
July 13, 2011
Every year the fourth grade math teacher at my daughter’s school teaches all the fourth grade students to play chess. Not part of the curriculum or required by the school, it’s just his thing that he somehow fits into lessons. Sometimes the class divides up into partners to play during class “chess time”, sometimes the teacher effectively uses this activity to occupy kids while he teaches math to small groups. And the students love it.
July 12, 2011
What happens when your scholarship is considered a crime? When the state tries to stop you? What do you do when you know what you must write could potentially land you in jail? Do we have a responsibility to write, or is this purely a selfish endeavor?
July 12, 2011
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan FreinkelA Challenge: Write down every object that you use in one day that is all or part plastic. Also write down a list of the objects that you use that day that contain no plastics. Maybe even share your list with all of us.
July 12, 2011
Climate change. Energy supply. Economic activity. Employment. Public health. Water pollution. Species die-off.Penn State. Pitt. Cornell.Research. Public funding. Industry funding. Policy. Regulation. Taxation. Is it OK for academics to be advocates on one side of a political issue? Is there a standard for the base of evidence that must exist before academic advocacy is appropriate? Is that standard uniform, regardless of whether the advocacy is for or against the side of the issue the powers-that-fund prefer?



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