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March 9, 2011
A career in educational technology means days spent working with people who (hopefully) know more than you do about almost everything. I started this life teaching college (sociology); everything I know about technology (and learning design for that matter) is attributable to the generosity of my colleagues.
March 9, 2011
In grad school, postmodernists were thick on the ground. I learned quickly that the greatest sin one could commit, in the eyes of a postie, was naïveté. “Naïve realism” was one that stuck with me, since its implications were so staggeringly arrogant: “how could you possibly believe in the reality of your world? We can see through it, why can’t you?” It was fine to be “transgressive,” or “subversive,” and of course it was wonderful to “problematize,” but you didn’t want to “solve,” or “improve,” or (shudder) “clarify.”
March 9, 2011
Since I became an administrator, I have had a yearly performance evaluation. Over all, they have been positive, but I am consistently criticized for one thing, year after year: my lack of “swagger.”It is a confusing thing to be criticized for. When I look up “swagger” on dictionary.com, I find:–verb (used without object)1. to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.2. to boast or brag noisily.–verb (used with object)
March 9, 2011
Amid all the hubbub about popular uprisings in North Africa (calls for social and economic sustainability) and in Wisconsin (resistance to attacks on the same), here's a message from the northeastern USA. It's about extending our role as teachers into the public sphere. Professionally, but forcefully. Calmly, but insistently. And if we deigned to do it on a regular basis, probably effectively.
March 9, 2011
The state university in Campinas, UNICAMP, one of the leading research universities in Brazil, has announced a new experimental procedure for student admissions[1]. Instead of the traditional entrance examination, 120 students will be selected from all local public schools based on their scores in the National Assessment of Secondary Education – ENEM – one or two per school.
March 8, 2011
David Schatsky of Green Research just released the results of an interesting survey of senior business executives with corporate sustainability responsibility. After some 30+ interviews, what he came up with is the unsurprising conclusion that different businesses define sustainability in different ways, that they attempt to achieve it by different methods, and that they exhibit quite a range of underlying motivations.
March 8, 2011
Those of us who went through grad school in the '90s probably remember when “post-” was the prefix of choice. (For younger readers, it was similar to the use of “e-” ten years ago or “i-” now.) It tarted with “postmodernism,” but quickly grew to become a cultural habit. “Posties” were those who couldn't stop proclaiming the “death of...” whatever. The cultural mood at the time was that we were at the end of something, but the next thing hadn't arrived yet. We were late to the party, but didn't really have one of our own.
March 8, 2011
Like Libby, I also was interested in Rosemarie’s Monday post about Role Models. I agree with both of these Mama, PhDs that our generation is in the unique position of being at the exciting beginning of the era redefining amazing opportunities that women (and their families) have in the workforce and in academia.
March 8, 2011
This post is written for three audiences:- People willing to pull apart, critique and improve upon the idea.- People who are smarter than I am who can actually program, develop and create.- People who are richer than I am, who can pay the programmers and developers to make this idea a reality.Call it an elevator pitch by blog post. All rights reserved.The Theory:
March 8, 2011
Do we need politicians with a serious academic background to increase the general quality of the public debates? Or, is academia (only) a source of symbolic power and influence for politicians and, in general, public figures, and a step in their career to top positions in the establishment?

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