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October 16, 2011
The 2010 Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce study of “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018” concluded that “by 2018 we will need 22 million new college degrees- but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees, Associate or better.” Furthermore, the report states “we will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates. “ The report comes to two other conclusions, all conclusions that will not surprise the higher education community.
October 16, 2011
As of this writing, (10/16 at 1:30pm), no one from Pearson has engaged the IHE community in our discussion about OpenClass. The OpenClass website does not have a place for discussion.
October 16, 2011
Last week, our family traveled to Belgium for a brief vacation. We hadn't seen much of Ben for the previous several weeks. He was busy with the start of school, his girlfriend and other friends, his band, and soccer. One reason I was looking forward to this trip was the prospect of spending time with him.
October 15, 2011
UVenus Around the Web:Women in Research: Recommendations for Gender Equality in Higher Education: Anamaria Dutceac Segesten for UVenus at The Guardian (UK) .Prattle Nog builds on our UVenus post Deconstructing Proverbs in Hello New Day.What’s New With Our Writers:
October 14, 2011
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
October 13, 2011
Another fascinating report has just come out from Project Information Literacy, a source of many fascinating reports. This one focuses on how students use technology during the busiest time of the semester. I love what these researchers are doing—actually talking to undergraduates about how they do research (what a concept!) rather than making assumptions.
October 13, 2011
The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to Boston, and most notably to our university. International Affairs students particularly seem drawn to social activism of this sort and the opportunity to participate in a nationwide protest movement has brought a new sense of excitement to campus.
October 13, 2011
Pearson's announcement of OpenClass, a free cloud based learning management system (LMS), will definitely change the vibe at this year's EDUCAUSE conference. I'm very curious about how much OpenClass will be discussed amongst the conference attendees, and what sort of traffic and traction that Pearson will get at its booth.
October 13, 2011
Earlier this week, The Girl and I did a grocery run. The following exchange occurred in the ice cream aisle.TG (sighing): It must be nice to be in charge.DD: What?TG: It must be nice to be in charge! You get to decide what everyone will do!DD: Well, sometimes it can be nice. But sometimes it’s not.TG: Why not?DD: Because sometimes you have to make a decision that people don’t like, and then they get mad at you.TG: Just let them vote on it!DD (suppressing a laugh): That’s not always an option.TG: Why not?(pause)
October 13, 2011
The idea of a “double blind study” is central to the use of statistics as it applies to medicine. Such a study occurs if the person assigning medication does not know who receives true medicine and who is given a placebo, and neither do the patients or those providing the care. Such a structure attempts to remove the “placebo effect” on the part of both the patient and the treating doctor. Unfortunately, I found myself thinking of this quite a bit lately, as I faced the reality that my little sister is facing the battle of her life.

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