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October 12, 2009 - 9:15pm
Dana Campbell came at the new census data on "opting out" last week from a rather different perspective than mine: the perspective of the opter-out, if you will, rather than the opter-in. And I agree with my fellow Mama, PhD that we need more subtle distinctions and more, not less, discussion of the work-family issues that make career "choice" increasingly a chimera.
October 12, 2009 - 9:10pm
In Jack Stripling's fascinating IHE piece on the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), Carol Twigg is quoted as saying: “One of the things I find personally sort of ironic and hilarious is that I’ve won every major award higher education gives; I get constant praise, and I’m against the higher education culture....."
October 11, 2009 - 9:50pm
Reader Tekbek sent this article from ASEE Prism describing a study that examined students’ reactions to stereotypically “male” and “female” self-presentations. The authors found that male engineering students were less tolerant than other students of what are described as “female-typical speech styles,” in which the speaker admitted to difficulties or mistakes:
October 10, 2009 - 11:40pm
Always read your IHE “Quick Takes”; I can vouch for their accuracy. This past week they noted that 92% of campuses being monitored across the country were reporting new cases of H1N1 flu. Indeed, I was one of them.
October 9, 2009 - 4:05pm
I thought I awoke this morning to the announcement that President Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Then, I thought that I was still asleep. Now I hope I wasn't, on the theory that no one's dreams -- certainly not mine -- should have that kind of an effect on reality.
October 9, 2009 - 12:51am
Apparently, it's compare-and-contrast week on the blog.
October 9, 2009 - 12:38am
This one week when I was ahead of myself and wrote my entry early in the week, and, what do you know, I find myself changing it at the last minute. I was so intrigued by Dana Campbell’s column yesterday talking about what may be the truth behind the idea of well-educated women “opting out” of high-pressure jobs in order to parent that I wanted to write some thoughts in reply to it. She did a great job of summarizing the discussion that started in the Washington Post last week, and went on to suggest some thoughts of her own.
October 9, 2009 - 12:29am
I spend more time in Blackboard then any other application / site. For the past 7 years Blackboard has been the place where I taught my online/hybrid courses, partnered with subject matter experts to build courses, and trained faculty. In many ways Blackboard enabled my transition from full-time teaching to learning technology. Blackboard has put bread on my table.
October 8, 2009 - 9:33am
Temperatures are on the rise as funds are sinking fast for college tuition.
October 7, 2009 - 11:09pm
A little while back I was involved in a meeting at which a relatively contentious issue was debated. One person prefaced her statement with something along the lines of “the such-and-such committee has discussed this, and passed a motion saying x. I'm just here to convey that.” I took issue with x, and gave my reasons. She took umbrage at my answer, and responded that “well, I'm just conveying the message, and I think that ought to be respected.” I don't know what “respect” means in that sentence.

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