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December 10, 2009 - 9:11pm
Several weeks ago, I went to my first academic conference since taking my daughter home. It was also my first occasion in eleven years to attend my favorite conference, for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, called “ARNOVA.” Between presentations, my co-author and I found ourselves with a small amount of time that we used to attend a roundtable discussion about basing one’s academic career on studying the nonprofit sector.
December 10, 2009 - 8:12pm
Some publishers have decided to delay the release of e-books until four months following the hardcover release.The publishers are worried that:a. E-books have the potential to cannibalize sales of hardcovers.b. Profits will erode has e-book retailers (Amazon etc.) move to sharing less of the revenue in the future.Depressing.
December 10, 2009 - 5:03pm
Michael Legaspi is concerned that too much of American higher education consists of political advocacy. He's right to be, and I agree with him. In fact, I'd go further. I'd say that too much teaching consists of social and economic advocacy, as well. Too much of what goes on in social sciences and professional schools treats how things are as the best they could possibly be (in this, the best of all possible worlds).
December 9, 2009 - 9:21pm
We woke up this morning to a world caked in white — big draping sheets of snow hanging from our garage, soft blankets of white where our lawn furniture used to sit, and large puffy flakes falling down. My five-year old daughter’s eyes were wide with amazement, even though she’s seen snow before. I too feel that every year it’s a miracle, a revelation how quickly the landscape can transform. All city schools were closed, even the college where I teach (in an unprecedented move, the governor cancelled classes at all Wisconsin universities).
December 9, 2009 - 8:55pm
A regular correspondent stumped me with this one. Has your campus found a solution to smoking?
December 9, 2009 - 8:39pm
College teaching is transitioning from a craft model where a single faculty member designs, delivers and evaluates a course to a model that encompasses a range of professionals. This shift has been led by online courses, but is filtering out towards hybrid and on-ground classes. In this model a faculty member (subject matter expert) works with a team of learning designers, library subject specialists, media experts, and technologists to create and deliver the course.
December 9, 2009 - 8:44am
My son and I arrived ten minutes before the official vaccination clinic start time, but already the line-up for H1N1 vaccine snaked out the cafeteria doors and down the path into the cold rain outside. Although the clinic was held at a university dining hall, it was open to any provincial resident, and over a hundred university staff, faculty, students, neighbors, and their kids were queued up.
December 8, 2009 - 9:22pm
Discipline is one of those words that can mean almost anything.
December 8, 2009 - 8:39pm
I agree with the NYTimes' Jenna Wortham that the combination of the App Store and the iPhone/iTouch is a "Game Changer." (If you don't agree then please comment - I'd like to hear your contrarian view.)
December 8, 2009 - 5:50pm
Sometimes, you need to fight fire with fire. Taking the high road (sharing information; describing costs, benefits and risks -- all that cognitive stuff) is necessary, but it's not sufficient in today's deafening cultural environment. As proven by both politics and Politics (my ... an L. Frank Baum moment!), negativity works. Nasty works. Totally absurd arguments can be persuasive, particularly when they're never pointed out for what they are. Gresham's law applies to information as much as to fiat money (which is, of course, only information with prestige).


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