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May 6, 2010 - 11:31pm
Someone who periodically sends group e-mails containing material better suited to blog posts. Due to the sender’s relationship to recipients, the mail must be opened, and free will is defeated. This guarantees the sender a captive audience and a seat in hell close to the main action.
May 6, 2010 - 9:42pm
End of Semester Haikubeautiful weathercranky students and teachersexam week is coming!breakfasts and dinnerscelebrate great and good thingsevery frickin' daySurprise departuresresignations out of bluelike mushrooms in springstudents transfer toamazing places, stop forthanks, smiles aboundprofs in grading jailthe one part of teaching thatI really don't misstemper tantrums flyyet are mercifully briefwho has energy?
May 6, 2010 - 9:36pm
Can somebody help me get a handle on the curricular media platform landscape? A colleague of mine uses the short-hand of a "YouTube for college media". Seems to me that the explosion of media being produced on campus, combined with the increasing demand to utilize existing rich media inside the LMS and library systems for courses, would be driving a significant market in curricular media platforms.I was recently asked by a smart guy I know who works for an educational technology company, "what would be your boiled down requirements for a media management platform?"
May 6, 2010 - 9:27pm
The idea of a tangent line is central to many aspects of mathematics. In geometry, we study when a line rests on another figure at just one point, the point of tangency. In calculus, the slope of the line tangent to a curve at a point becomes the “derivative” of that curve at that point. One can even think of tangencies in more than one dimension. Imagine an (x,y) plane drawn on a table with a three dimensional object resting on it. One can therefore find a point of tangency in the x direction, and also one in the y direction.
May 6, 2010 - 9:24pm
When I was a college freshman I had to take an English Literature course. It wasn't Lit 101/102 (the generally required two-semester sequence), it was a one-semester course for entering students who either were transfers from other schools or had scored well on the verbal portion of the SAT. The instructor was a visiting professor who'd gotten his PhD from Cambridge, and I remember that because he entered the first class meeting (a couple of minutes late, for effect) wearing full academic regalia.
May 6, 2010 - 8:17am
I attended an inspiring conversation with filmmaker Mira Nair recently at Columbia College Chicago. Nair spoke about how she arranges her production schedule around her son’s vacation calendar. "Monsoon Wedding" was not scheduled for a 30-day summer shoot to align with the rainy season as much as with son Zohran’s vacation from school.
May 5, 2010 - 10:13pm
In thinking some more about the Frontline episode, and reading through all the comments, it occurred to me that I had left out two major issues.
May 5, 2010 - 9:41pm
Let us engage in a thought experiment. You are teaching a course, and you want your students to participate in an online discussion/debate around some materials. The content that you want your students to discuss and debate is the PBS Frontline episode, "College Inc." that aired May 4th. The online discussion that you want your students to participate in is the one kicked off by Dean Dad -
May 5, 2010 - 9:46am
So, I'm sitting in my chair, drinking my first cup of coffee this morning and checking my email, when it starts.Mmmmmrrrrrrrrwwwwwwwooooo! Mmmmmrrrrrwwwwooooowwwwoowwww!Damn tomcat's around again. The good news, I guess, is that he's coming around in the daytime. Last summer, it was at night. All night. With the windows open, he came through loud and clear. Or so I thought at the time.Mmmrrrwwooowww! Mmrrooww? Mmrrrup!
May 5, 2010 - 4:41am
Last night "Frontline" did a show on for-profit higher education.It was a disappointing episode in many ways.


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