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April 8, 2010 - 8:17pm
I have written before about my philosophy of learning math. I tell my students that one needs to do math wrong first, before one can figure out how to do it right. This, after all, is the logic of doing homework. Homework gives students a chance to mull over problems and possibly go down blind alleys, only to eventually learn how to solve a problem in a way that works. I have also seen such a theory applied to many areas in life. It is often the case that we need to make our own mistakes so as to learn how not to make those same mistakes again.
April 8, 2010 - 3:34pm
There's an old saying among good managers: "Be careful what you measure, because that's what's going to improve." Which is not to say that any form of "improvement" is necessarily a bad thing, but rather that what we measure is both a result of and a continuing input to how we (and those to whom we communicate) see any problem.
April 8, 2010 - 4:34am
Geez. There ain’t no denying it. Forty-five is middle-aged. Actually it’s beyond middle-aged. I’ll be darn lucky to make it to ninety (or to pay off my mortgages by then). Still, I count my blessings for making it this far, and I bought tickets to an appropriate birthday play as a reward.
April 7, 2010 - 9:12pm
I have to admit getting a good laugh from this.Apparently, there's a company that employs people in India with graduate degrees to grade papers for American professors. For twelve bucks a paper, they'll give not just a letter grade, but comments. The idea is to free up faculty to focus on instruction (or, more accurately, research), rather than grading. It also saves the university money, since outsourcing the grading allows you to run classes at much larger sizes.
April 7, 2010 - 8:12pm
Great discussion around the "Eroding Library Role?" article from 4/7.One area that I'd like to engage the library community is around librarians and course development.Do you see a future where librarians partner with faculty to design Web-enabled (hybrid/online) courses?I ask this question for 3 reasons:
April 7, 2010 - 8:53am
Recently a friend of mine, a fellow PhD/stay-at-home mom, told me that she’d taken the day off. I was puzzled since I was sure she was no longer taking on research contracts. What did she mean, she’d taken the day off? It took me a second to get it. She meant, of course, that she’d not done errands, laundry, volunteer work, writing, editing, shuttling kids, or any of the myriad chores she needed to do. In those precious hours while her children were in school she read a novel, just for fun and just to give herself a break. I was impressed.
April 7, 2010 - 1:54am
“Is Food Really an Academic Subject?” an article in the Guardian asked in 2003. It is in the States, where there are several academic programs in food culture, and archival food-text collections in university libraries. NYU, for instance, offers an MA in Food Studies (Culture or Systems). Tufts offers an MS or Ph.D.
April 6, 2010 - 9:47pm
We only really learn anything when there is a possibility that our ideas may be wrong. Any assertions that we make that do not include the possibility that we are incorrect, that can't be disproven or changed due to the evidence, have crossed-over from analysis to theology.So here are 11 examples of things I believe to be true in the place that education and technology intersect, but where I might be wrong.
April 6, 2010 - 5:11pm
Check out Linda McQuaig's op-ed piece in The Toronto Star. It puts a few things into perspective, including the media's tendency to play up the tempest and down the subsequent news that the thing took place in a teapot.


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