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October 13, 2010 - 11:00pm
How was your day two (Wednesday) of EDUCAUSE 2010? Big takeaways? Surprises? Revelations? (okay…maybe that is asking too much).Here are the 4 big things that standout for me from day two:
October 13, 2010 - 10:24pm
Last week I had a nice discussion with some people who work at nearby four-year schools. We were discussing the various points at which students seem to get sidetracked. Everyone agreed that the first semester is key, but the discussion became a bit more challenging after that.My counterparts moved to a discussion of the second year of college. They mentioned that the sophomore year is when students need to declare a major, and that students who can’t commit to anything at that point are at much higher risk of walking away.
October 13, 2010 - 2:31pm
The folks running the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference (#EDUCAUSE10 if you're on Twitter) have done an amazing job of providing online functionality for attendees. I have been thoroughly impressed. Customizable schedules, a really nifty mobile website, scannable ID cards, and unique hashtags for sessions are just a few of the many ways that this conference has leveraged technology.
October 13, 2010 - 4:30am
So far the mood at EDUCAUSE 2010 seems to be really good. The last two EDUCAUSE conferences have been pretty grim affairs, with CIOs talking about layoffs and companies conserving cash and shying away from big risks. Walking around the vendor floor today I sensed a mood of optimism; new products, new alliances, and a high level of energy. Talking to some folks from higher ed world it sounds as if funding has stabilized, lay-offs are not on the horizon, and budgets for investing in ed tech may be coming back.
October 13, 2010 - 12:01am
An alert reader sent me this link to a Boston Globe story about Harvard eliminating its final exam period.We’ve had similar discussions here, though the reasons aren’t all the same. I’d love to hear from wise and worldly readers who have lived through a similar transition, and who know from experience what the concrete issues are.
October 12, 2010 - 11:53pm
The other day a friend of mine asked if we had an extra TV kicking around that we could do without. Not for her household, it turned out, for a family she met who has recently moved to our neighborhood for a year on sabbatical from Norway. The house they are living in is huge but completely unfurnished and although their three young boys enjoy sliding around in empty rooms, they really needed some basic furniture other than the few essentials they bought at Ikea.
October 12, 2010 - 7:15pm
A few days after my guest post "Community Means Us," an account of my experience in a community college, went live, I received an email directly from Andrew Hacker, co-author of Higher Education?. What he writes is quite interesting and very worth sharing:Dear Ms. Brienza:
October 12, 2010 - 1:45pm
One last (for now) thought about bikes. I was walking across campus last week, and a first-year (I'm presuming) student was standing, holding her 10-speed bike, looking at the area of the pedal sprockets and making confused/distressed noises.
October 12, 2010 - 10:00am
The EDUCAUSE Conference begins today in Anaheim. This annual gathering of higher ed’s tech tribes and tech providers is part professional meeting (lots of sessions) and part trade show (lots of tech firms on the exhibit floor). It’s a good venue for clarifying campus IT priorities (“what are others doing that we need to do here at Acme College”), and for creating wish lists (“look at all the stuff that tech firms have to offer to higher ed; if only we had money for this great stuff!”).
October 11, 2010 - 9:45pm
Do you dream about big publisher announcements coming at EDUCAUSE? Do you also fantasize that the major publishers, the McGraw-Hill's, Pearson's, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's, Reed Elsevier's - who am I missing?) will announce something truly disruptive at the conference?What is it about the big publishers that inspires so much hope on my part? Maybe it is because I have so little chance of actually being disappointed, as when can we point to a time when the publishers did something truly brave, totally unexpected, and genuinely innovative?

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