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September 8, 2009 - 9:11pm
Learning technologists share an abiding faith in the power of the creative process. We believe that students learn when they create. In grad school we were told that the divide line between a graduate student and an undergraduate is that the graduate student is creating knowledge. We want push opportunities to create knowledge out to all of our students because we believe that it is the teacher who learns, the speaker who learns, the writer who learns, the blogger who learns, the mashup producer who learns.
September 8, 2009 - 12:53am
I’m gratified by the response to my last post, which got more comments than any other in recent memory, except for the ones in which I gave away stuff for free. It’s good to know what sorts of things engage an audience.
September 7, 2009 - 9:38pm
To the parking gods:Forgive us, for we know notwhat students will do. Yes, I know that you"don't need no English comp class"but I think you do. Hand sanitizer.Times changing. Remember whenbeer was all the rage? Bookstore charges morethan tuition. Info wantsto be free? Not here. Email system down.Students Facebook anyway.Feeling really old. Prank history prof:"Photocopier is down!"I am a bad man.
September 7, 2009 - 9:14pm
This is the first of a series of occasional posts I call FUNQs, for Frequently UNasked Questions. These are perplexities that anyone new to an institution — whether faculty, freshman, or employee — is sure to have about the campus library. Some FUNQs, like that below, appear to be straightforward, one-time issues. After someone has discerned the answer, they think they can check it off their agenda for good. But no. Unlike species on a birder’s lifetime list, certain FUNQs need to be checked off anew for each library a person confronts.
September 7, 2009 - 9:08pm
The top 5 reasons why we will see Microsoft buying Blackboard by the end of 2010:
September 7, 2009 - 7:25pm
Many years ago, my husband and I planned our wedding for Labor Day weekend. Almost everyone we knew was a teacher, and school always started after Labor Day, so it seemed a convenient time as well as a date we’d have no trouble remembering.
September 4, 2009 - 3:45pm
My local paper recently printed a column by Click and Clack which included a query about whether buying a used police cruiser was a good idea. The brothers responded in the negative, citing the high number of hours a police car spends idling compared to the seemingly low number of miles on the odometer. (I couldn't find the column in question online, but if you go here and search for the word "police", you'll see they've given basically the same advice several times over the past few years.)
September 4, 2009 - 12:30am
Today’s news brought word of adjunct teachers in higher education being “hidden” by their employers in order to improve U.S. News & World Report rankings.
September 3, 2009 - 9:43pm
My friend Lesboprof is fighting the swine flu, which I imagine is no fun at all. Apparently, her Uni has already suffered an outbreak, and since she's a relatively public figure there, she got exposed quickly. My cc hasn't had an outbreak yet, but we're putting plans in place. It's harder than you'd think.
September 3, 2009 - 9:24pm
Last week, as classes started, I performed an experiment that I always use on the first day of each of my classes in statistics.

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