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September 13, 2009 - 8:48pm
Within hours of my introductory post, I received a request from a reader who described herself as an adjunct at two institutions, a university and a community college. I gathered from her message that in both places she teaches composition courses that include a research paper. She is clearly dismayed by her colleagues’ traditionalist approach to that task (what I call the state–your–thesis–make–an–outline–annotate–your–sources–write–a–draft regimen) and by students’ uncritical rush to the Web for all things.
September 13, 2009 - 8:17pm
A new correspondent writes:
September 13, 2009 - 8:03pm
A transformative step that learning technologists can participate in proposing, pushing, guiding, leading, managing and maintaining would be providing a campus-wide blogging platform and institutional aggregation site. Here are some guidelines for what this could look like:
September 13, 2009 - 5:53pm
Two very intelligent and thoughtful responses to my previous post, on women and majors, caused me to reread the post to try to determine where my communication skills had gone off the rails. I still don’t see where I blamed women workers for anything, but one of the problems with writing is that because you know what you mean to say, you assume that that’s what you are saying. So I want to backtrack a bit before letting the topic go.
September 11, 2009 - 4:26pm
There are, I'm sure we can all agree, at least enough stories in the general media about how the economy's doing. It's an easy story for today's journalists to put together (statistics are published regularly, wide-ranging opinions are readily forthcoming, you don't have to draw a conclusion or do any meaningful analysis because your tag line is sure to be "only the future will tell").
September 10, 2009 - 9:49pm
The decision by Cushing Academy to move to a totally digital library environment has got me thinking about how a learning technologist would design an academic library.
September 10, 2009 - 9:28pm
Last week, my first grader came home with thoughts about math (I love it when she does that!) She said that, since one hundred plus ten was “one hundred and ten”, that, therefore, infinity plus ten must be “infinity and ten”. Of course, infinity is not a number that can be added like one hundred, so the analogy did not hold. Indeed, infinity is one of those math concepts that lead one to wonder if they are studying math or, perhaps, instead studying philosophy.
September 10, 2009 - 9:15pm
Yesterday we watched you climb on the bus for your first day of kindergarten. You bounded in so quickly I barely took the picture, and you were gone. You're incredibly ready. At kindergarten orientation, you slipped into the classroom like a fish into water. When the teacher read the class a story, you locked on, and you were the first to make an observation about the story. And you've got that blend of 'cute' and 'commanding' that only little girls can get away with.
September 10, 2009 - 9:02pm
I've been keeping a low profile for the past couple of weeks, because I've been involved with people from across campus getting Greenback's Climate Action Plan ready to submit.
September 10, 2009 - 6:59pm
Editor and writer Erika Dreifus has posted an interview with me that was originally in her monthly e-newsletter, The Practicing Writer, a go-to place for finding all kinds of opportunities and resources for creative writers.

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