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May 1, 2011
How dependent is your university on airplanes and airports? The degree to which we are all tied into the jet economy is probably bigger than any of us realize.
May 1, 2011
Hashtags have become digital rally points for Twitter users. We ask questions, create community, post answers, and engage in social-media-based professional development via #-based conversations.
May 1, 2011
A few weeks ago, Hofstra Law School organized a one day conference on cyberbullying. I had the opportunity, in my capacity as Hofstra’s Provost, to say a few words at the beginning of the conference but I stayed for the keynote address because as a parent and also as a school board member, the topic has special importance for me. In my remarks I mentioned a news story that attracted major attention a few years ago where a 49 year old mom was convicted on misdemeanor charges for posing as a 16 year old boy on MySpace.com.
May 1, 2011
I had dinner recently with a group of friends from high school. Several are helping to care for aging relatives, and the conversation naturally turned to how we will manage our own aging and inevitable incapacity."I have something for you to consider," one friend said. "My wife and I have been talking about this, and we want to buy a big place with our friends and live in a co-housing arrangement. That way no one has to grow old in isolation, or without dignity. We can pool our resources and hire caretakers as needed, we can share our skills and care for each other."
April 28, 2011
What is the most exciting new technological innovation happening on your campus? Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe (USA) A soon-to-be-installed big screen projection system on which we can hold video conferences and interviews with students and alumni far afield offers the most pertinent technological change in our office. Phone interviews/info sessions are a poor substitute for face to face ones, and a little computer screen makes it impossible for all participants to see each other. We needed a screen proportionate to our students' expanding ambitions!
April 28, 2011
Some end-of-the-week reflections on the uses of college students as human shields for stupid decisions:
April 28, 2011
The results of the consolidation vote (#NASPACPA) were shared yesterday afternoon. ACPA members voted overwhelmingly for consolidation. The majority of NASPA votes were for consolidation. Unfortunately, the required 2/3rd's majority wasn't met by NASPA voters.
April 28, 2011
We spend way too much energy thinking and worrying about LMS providers, features, companies and technologies. Blackboard or D2L or Moodle or Sakai or (now) Instructure? Open source or proprietary? This discussion board or that assessment engine? etc. etc. etc.The real LMS failure has nothing to do with any of these questions. Whether you are a Blackboard or Sakai school matters only marginally to our success in what truly matters about the LMS; how well we are utilizing the LMS to improve, support and facilitate authentic student learning.
April 28, 2011
Apparently, Mt Hood Community College in Oregon is responding to a threatened faculty strike by threatening hire permanent replacements. I called it in 2005. From my (admittedly callow) piece then:
April 28, 2011
In statistics we often talk about an idea of the “expected value.” By multiplying outcomes of something that involves uncertainty by the probability of each outcome occurring, we are able to find a value that is a good representation of the outcome that would most likely occur. For example, in a lottery, a large payoff is often offset by the huge number of people who buy a ticket just that once, in hopes of cashing in on the large payoff. This leads the expected value of a person’s winnings to possibly be less than the price of a ticket to even enter the lottery.

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