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December 6, 2009 - 4:54pm
Our family spent the Thanksgiving break in Dublin. I thought about the discussions here while on a tour of Trinity College, when our guide pointed out a statue of the Reverend George Salmon, the college’s provost from 1888 to 1904. Salmon was infamous, he told us, for having announced that women would be let into the college “over my dead body.”
December 4, 2009 - 3:22pm
It's getting to the end of the semester, which means that a lot of student projects are getting turned in (or soon will be). As the result of a fair amount of moral (at least, I think it was moral) suasion, a number of undergraduate skills courses at Greenback encourage use of subject matter that relates to my favorite topic. If the course is in writing, the student can write about sustainability. If the course is in research, the student can research sustainability. If the course is in statistics, the student . . . well, you get the idea.
December 3, 2009 - 10:29pm
Sergey, Larry, Eric .... you guys are missing out. How can you hope to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" if all the wonderful presentations and talks on college and university campuses continue to be unrecorded and made available on YouTube? Google made all sorts of deals with academic libraries to scan and serve books, why aren't you doing the same with presentation capture?
December 3, 2009 - 10:18pm
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the home stretch. This is the time of the semester when most professors' and students' fuses are the shortest. (In administration, the late April to mid May stretch is the worst.) It's predictable -- hell, it's annual -- yet somehow, it's always a little surprising. Like pain, it's easy to forget until it returns.For students, this is when deadlines and reality hit. Since all the classes are on the same cycle, they all culminate at the same time.
December 3, 2009 - 9:19pm
The lights are on now at Ursuline College.
December 3, 2009 - 7:31pm
Today it's the University of Minnesota.
December 2, 2009 - 9:22pm
Though I'm not sure I'd want to try it, I'm intrigued by the move proposed by Daniel Klaich, the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. According to IHE, Klaich is considering a statewide enrollment cap on community colleges to preserve quality in light of diminished budgets.
December 2, 2009 - 8:52pm
We are a mixed LMS household. My 7th grader uses Moodle, I use Blackboard. Watching her use of Moodle to hand in her assignments, watch linked videos, download readings, participate in discussions and check her grades is a nightly reminder that utilization of educational technology is not restricted to the post-secondary world. Some of my daughter's teachers make the sort of use of Moodle that would be a great model faculty members wanting to leverage their campus LMS.
December 2, 2009 - 8:40pm
“I am woman hear me snore.”I still own the cover to Helen Reddy’s much beloved 1972 album “I am Woman.” I remember singing the lines loudly with my sisters: “I am woman, hear me roar! In numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend…”
December 2, 2009 - 7:08am
I found this article in the University of Maryland student newspaper last week describing an effort to expand family leave at UMD, at least for tenure-track faculty. Next week, the University senate will vote on a proposal which would allow faculty members to request up to 50% reduction in their work for up to two years (with proportional pay cut) to take care of any children under the age of five. Their tenure clock would also be commensurately slowed.

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