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April 6, 2010 - 9:47pm
We only really learn anything when there is a possibility that our ideas may be wrong. Any assertions that we make that do not include the possibility that we are incorrect, that can't be disproven or changed due to the evidence, have crossed-over from analysis to theology.So here are 11 examples of things I believe to be true in the place that education and technology intersect, but where I might be wrong.
April 6, 2010 - 5:11pm
Check out Linda McQuaig's op-ed piece in The Toronto Star. It puts a few things into perspective, including the media's tendency to play up the tempest and down the subsequent news that the thing took place in a teapot.
April 6, 2010 - 4:27am
My new co-blogger at IHE has a nice piece on job titles that raise more questions than they answer. It's basically a call for titles that describe at least something about the duties of the job.
April 5, 2010 - 9:54pm
Fair warning - Cory Doctorow is much smarter than I am - so you'd probably want to side with him over me.I say, heck yes to the iPad. This is a big deal for higher ed. The iPad programs at Seton Hill and George Fox should be celebrated, if not copied. And the iPad Blackboard app looks pretty cool.
April 5, 2010 - 8:59pm
It's Nick's spring break week this week. The weather is gorgeous — spring has catapulted us overnight into summer, and the flowers seem to be vying with each other to display their showiest effects. It's almost too hot out, but after a long, hard winter it's hard to complain about that. We had a lovely Easter celebration over the weekend — friends, food and wine were all abundant, and everyone seemed relaxed and happy.But. (There's always a "but," isn't there?)
April 4, 2010 - 9:34pm
My friend and erstwhile colleague Lesboprof has a wonderful, thought-provoking post up about deciding not to take a shot at a job she wanted for fear that she wasn't ready, only to discover that her record would have stacked up well against the finalists. It's worth reading, and it got me thinking about the whole "I'm not ready" kind of hesitation.
April 4, 2010 - 9:31pm
Just recently I came across an organizational structure for a School that had both Directors and Associate Directors as well as Associate and Assistant Deans (plus, of course the Dean). The individuals holding the various dean and director positions were all very clear as to who did what and who reported to whom. The question was whether anyone outside of the administration had the same level of clarity. As it turned out, Assistant Deans reported to Directors but how would anyone know that or even expect it?
April 4, 2010 - 9:25pm
I like textbooks. I like to design courses around textbooks.How can I promote textbooks with one hand and open learning materials with the other?
April 4, 2010 - 9:20pm
In my perambulations of the internet, I came across an action plan for a neighborhood called Snyder, in Amherst NY. I don't know Snyder at all, and I know Amherst only as the location of the largest SUNY campus, but an appendix to the plan caught my attention. It's called "Ten Keys to Walkable/Livable Communities", and it's attributed to Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc.
April 4, 2010 - 5:08pm
I have been reading Libby Gruner’s recent “advising” columns with interest, both because I wish I’d had someone like her to advise me when I was a floundering undergraduate, and because my son is (knock wood) about to finish the tenth grade, and we’re starting to talk about future plans in ways that are more fo


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