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September 25, 2011
UVenus Around the Web:Our UVenus networking challenge was highlighted at The Guardian (UK) The University of Warwick builds on the UVenus challenge and creates their own. What’s New With Our Writers:
September 23, 2011
Source: Common Curriculum Outline for Yale-NUS College (2 September 2011) via Wordle.
September 23, 2011
(“Lessons of HP” would be a great name for a band. But I digress.)As an academic administrator and sometime techie, I’ve been following HP’s death spiral with fascination. It actually offers some lessons for colleges, if they’re paying attention.
September 22, 2011
If you are supporting blended learning, you are probably having blended meetings. If you learn how to do blended meetings well, you are further up the learning curve for delivering blending learning.Blended Meetings - A Definition: A meeting in which some of the participants are not physically present in the room.2 Problems with Blended Meetings:
September 22, 2011
Monday afternoon, after a particularly brutal, yet uneventful day, a large stack of papers fell from my desk to the floor. My organizational system of piles was faltering.Hello, my name is Heather, and I am a piler. I have piles at work, and piles at home. I know exactly what is in each pile, (ahem, almost) and approximately how old each pile is. For the most part, this organization (or lack thereof) works for me. It doesn’t always work for those around me.
September 22, 2011
I’m getting ready to be a panelist for Library Journal’s second virtual summit on ebooks. I have ten minutes to present some thoughts on marketing ebook collections in academic libraries. My fellow panelists will have lots to say in their ten minutes. One of the panelists is from a library that offers over a million ebooks, and we’re not talking free public domain titles. The other panelist will discuss how to cope with the various formats and digital rights management hurdles.
September 22, 2011
As readers of my column here know, I like to start my entries out by providing a “hook” from either math or economics, and then relating it to some aspect of parenting as a professor. Usually it is easy to choose which topic to use. Today, however, I am following the lead of my daughter, who, when faced with two good options, will often say “I want both.” For today, I cannot choose between writing about “randomness” or about “Venn Diagrams”, as both are equally appropriate for what I want to say.
September 21, 2011
If at first you don’t succeed...a. You’ve revealed your incompetence. Hide the results or shift the blame, quick!b. What are you suggesting? How dare you, sir?c. Some blithering half-wit must have sabotaged you. Burn the heretic!d. Do the exact same thing over and over again until you bend the stupid universe to your will.e. Tweak, tinker, try again.In the abstract, we all know that e is the right answer. But in the real world, answers a through d are surprisingly popular.
September 21, 2011
Are we ready to support online learners? This is the question that I posed in a previous post this month. The answer, as read in the post comments, seems to be that we are not yet ready. So who is? Well, it turns out that a company in New York City might be stepping in to fill the void while student affairs figures out how best to support online learners.
September 21, 2011
Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) keeps popping up in the conversations I've been having. I'll be speaking to someone at a peer institution about this or that, and they will mention that they are either going with Instructure or considering going with Instructure. Or they will ask me what I think about this new Instructure Canvas LMS. The buzz seems to be positive.Common threads about Instructure Canvas that I'm hearing:

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