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September 15, 2010
One of the behaviors I try to account for when I'm doing a greenhouse gas inventory for Greenback U is commuting by faculty members. Faculty commute less often than staff, and typically shorter distances -- they're more likely to be able to afford decent housing near campus. Professors who live the closest to campus tend to walk to the office, but most faculty still drive. Then, there are the others. The ones who fly.
September 15, 2010
The new 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings issue has just been released and we will see, no doubt, plenty of discussions and debate about the outcome.
September 15, 2010
Sometimes it seems like the first days of school go on and on. Last week was the official first day of school, but only for an hour and not for my kindergartener. She dressed up anyway to celebrate her brother’s first day. Her first "day" in the classroom was a twenty-minute parent-child meeting with the teacher. And nearly a week after everyone else started school, the kindergarteners spent two one-hour mornings in the classroom before finally attending for the full three hours.
September 15, 2010
While hurrying to class this morning among throngs of students on the quad, I heard the sickening thud of a body hitting the sidewalk and the scattering of papers. When the crowd parted I saw that an old man who looked like emeritus faculty had fallen. It took me a few seconds to get to him, in part because everyone in the area continued walking around him. He was breathing hard and was scared. I thought he might be having a heart attack or stroke, but he said he was alright, and when I asked if he could stand, he said yes. I got him on his feet, alone.
September 14, 2010
Thought I'd try an experiment of sharing with you some of the best practices I'm trying to write up about the rhythm of online teaching, in the hopes that you will provide some ideas and feedback. Ideally this would be a wiki, but we are stuck with a blog platform. While I'm writing about online teaching, I think the principles apply to on-ground and blended learning.
September 14, 2010
A foreign correspondent (I’ve always wanted to write that) writes:
September 14, 2010
Lund, Sweden
September 14, 2010
My grandfather has been dead for quite a few years, but he's still teaching me.
September 13, 2010
Well, the 2010 QS World University Rankings® were released last week and the results are continuing to generate considerable attention in the world's media (link
September 13, 2010
Sigh. The New York Times strikes again. This time it’s with a four-part colloquy of important people discussing “why are colleges so selective?”How is someone at a community college supposed to read the question “why are colleges so selective?”a. ironicallyb. as a direct slap in the facec. as yet another indication of just how provincial the New York Times isd. all of the above

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