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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.
September 3, 2009 - 9:04pm
"I've been mentally toying with a scheme that looks like this: separate teaching from grading, then reward teaching that results in good grades. The instructor wouldn't grade his own class; he'd trade with someone else, ideally at another institution."Craft and Evidence, By Dean DadDear Dean Dad.Please sign me up! I'm thinking we need to try something different when it comes to grading.
September 2, 2009 - 9:40pm
This week I head back to classes after a year-long sabbatical, my daughter begins kindergarten, and my husband reduces his hours to part-time. It is a time of transition for all of us, and although we’re all a bit stressed and cranky, I’m looking forward to this new stage for our family.

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