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December 16, 2009 - 8:30pm
Warning: This blog post is entirely speculative and quite likely wrong in many (if not all) areas. Unfortunately, I know little about Desire2Learn - having never utilized their LMS. The Desire2Learn people I heard speak at the EDUCAUSE conference were quite smart, and I heard positive things about the platform from some attendees. Pearson's LearningStudio is a new platform created out of the acquisition of eCollege and Fronter.
December 16, 2009 - 9:43am
Two weeks ago I reported on a proposal about to come up for vote in the University of Maryland senate to relax family leave policy. So here’s the update: it passed in the senate. Before it becomes university policy it will need to be approved by President Dan Mote, which looks promising; he has been cited as supportive of this measure. This proposal will allow faculty to reduce their loads (and the salary, commensurately) down to 50% while they are raising children under five.
December 15, 2009 - 9:24pm
You know you're grading on a curve when settling to pay out only $78 million causes your stock to go up. The University of Phoenix has reached a settlement in a False Claims Act lawsuit, in which it was charged with violating Federal law by paying admissions recruiters based on how many students they recruited. It had set aside slightly over $80 million for a settlement, and came in slightly below that. In the Chronicle piece about it, DeVry and Grand Canyon Education are alleged to have set aside about $5 million each to settle similar suits.
December 15, 2009 - 8:57pm
Thanks to Terry Calhoun for stating briefly what I will now attempt to say with excruciating verbosity. I've been thinking about this since my last post -- it just took a while to meld.
December 15, 2009 - 8:38pm
--To challenge the status quo in teaching and learning. --To make big classes act and feel like seminars.--To help move courses towards an active learning model, where students construct their own learning.--To help the faculty teach to their strengths.--To allow our students to play to their strengths rather then worrying about correcting their weaknesses.--To move the development of courses to a team approach that combines subject matter, librarian, technical and pedagogical professionals.
December 14, 2009 - 9:28pm
A longtime correspondent writes:Something that may spark some responses from your readers.One of the things about our campus culture that gets to me now and then is the “It’s OK if you’re not on campus all that much” attitude of many of the full-time faculty. Historically, this has been an institutional thing. When I interviewed for my job here — in 1987 — the chief academic officer told me that we tried to schedule classes so that the faculty only needed to be on campus two days a week. I was stunned into silence.
December 14, 2009 - 9:23pm
Last month Aeron Haynie's piece on "taking students personally" hit home for me. One of the great pleasures of teaching in a liberal arts setting is getting to know my students individually, often teaching them in more than one class and developing a relationship that goes beyond the classroom.
December 14, 2009 - 8:04pm
Nobody gets the power of small pieces loosely joined better than TechSmith.I've been playing with its newest Jing feature - one that allows Jing screencasts or images to be directly uploaded to Twitter.
December 13, 2009 - 8:27pm
Inside Higher Ed should start a virtual book club.This idea came to me after finishing Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.
December 13, 2009 - 7:56pm
On Saturday I took The Boy to a competition of various clubs of kids his age. His club was there, too, but not competing. I was there as chauffeur, but also as moral support. The competition was held in a high school gym. We sat on the bleachers. Actual exchange: TB: I wonder if Madison will be here...DD: Who?(TB walks away.)I spotted him shortly thereafter, sitting next to The Blonde Girl.I'd been ditched. Not even so much as a "see ya, Dad."The Blonde Girl has entered our world.

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