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September 1, 2009 - 4:26am
Keeping with the amusement park theme from yesterday (variations on a theme park?), most of yesterday was devoted to a real life version of whack-a-mole. Whack-a-mole is a game wherein you have a mallet, and you stand facing some 'ground' with a bunch of holes in it. Each hole contains a mechanical mole, and they pop up at random intervals. Your job is to hit each mole on the head as quickly as possible when it pops up. It's remarkably satisfying.The real life version is satisfying, too, when it works. At least for a little while.
August 31, 2009 - 9:21pm
There's a crispness to the air today, a snap that makes me think fall is on the way. New England falls are glorious, and I'm sorry I won't see most of this one; we're only here for a few days, making what I've been calling a “royal progress” to take our daughter to college.
August 31, 2009 - 8:36pm
Dear founders of InsideHigherEd and Jeff Bezos. Please get your business development people together to create the following service: the InsideHigherEd Educational Technology Daily Kindle Download.This service would:
August 31, 2009 - 10:22am
Of late, when I speak of a "structural problem", it's not about an older outbuilding on my farm that's in danger of falling down. Rather, it relates to the way Greenback does its budgeting, and its accounting, and the (dis)incentive schemes created thereby. A simple example might be in the Accounting department itself where, if they want to invest in some software which will do a better job of turning off their computers and printers when no one's using them, they're certainly free to do so.
August 30, 2009 - 8:53pm
The idea of this blog is to serve as a platform for conversation and debate among learning technologists and those with which we work. I believe that we are in the process of creating, defining and building a new discipline, and that in the future learning technology will be viewed as an applied academic discipline. But I could be wrong.Who is a learning technologist?What follows are some attributes that I think tie us together as a discipline. I look forward to hearing about the attributes I missed or just got plain wrong.
August 30, 2009 - 8:40pm
Fans of roller coasters know that feeling when you're getting to the very top of a steep hill, and the chain is going click...click...click ever so slowly. You know you're about to go over the top and then down at breakneck speed. There's that very specific mix of excitement, fear, and the knowledge that whether you can handle it or not, there's no turning back now.That's what this week is like.
August 30, 2009 - 7:02pm
In an August 10 article, Scott reports on a recent study by Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, a sociologist at Ohio State University, that suggests that, although the wage gap between men and women continues to shrink, the portion of that gap attributable to selection of major is increasing.
August 29, 2009 - 12:38pm
Isherwood on Writing (ed. James J. Berg, U. of Minnesota Pr., 2007) is a series of lectures by Christopher Isherwood at California universities in the 1950s and ‘60s.
August 27, 2009 - 9:27pm
We learning technologists love innovation. I'm convinced that the reason many of us gravitated to this field is that our brains seek change, and there is no better place to implement and witness change then at the intersection of education and technology.
August 27, 2009 - 8:56pm
A longtime correspondent and fellow administrator asks:Is there any time when a public smackdown of a campus victim bully is appropriate? Does this serve any useful purpose?(For the uninitiated, a 'victim bully' is someone who uses claims of persecution as a bludgeon. It's C.K. Gunsalus' coinage originally.)

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