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October 15, 2011
UVenus Around the Web:Women in Research: Recommendations for Gender Equality in Higher Education: Anamaria Dutceac Segesten for UVenus at The Guardian (UK) .Prattle Nog builds on our UVenus post Deconstructing Proverbs in Hello New Day.What’s New With Our Writers:
October 14, 2011
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
October 13, 2011
Another fascinating report has just come out from Project Information Literacy, a source of many fascinating reports. This one focuses on how students use technology during the busiest time of the semester. I love what these researchers are doing—actually talking to undergraduates about how they do research (what a concept!) rather than making assumptions.
October 13, 2011
The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to Boston, and most notably to our university. International Affairs students particularly seem drawn to social activism of this sort and the opportunity to participate in a nationwide protest movement has brought a new sense of excitement to campus.
October 13, 2011
Pearson's announcement of OpenClass, a free cloud based learning management system (LMS), will definitely change the vibe at this year's EDUCAUSE conference. I'm very curious about how much OpenClass will be discussed amongst the conference attendees, and what sort of traffic and traction that Pearson will get at its booth.
October 13, 2011
Earlier this week, The Girl and I did a grocery run. The following exchange occurred in the ice cream aisle.TG (sighing): It must be nice to be in charge.DD: What?TG: It must be nice to be in charge! You get to decide what everyone will do!DD: Well, sometimes it can be nice. But sometimes it’s not.TG: Why not?DD: Because sometimes you have to make a decision that people don’t like, and then they get mad at you.TG: Just let them vote on it!DD (suppressing a laugh): That’s not always an option.TG: Why not?(pause)
October 13, 2011
The idea of a “double blind study” is central to the use of statistics as it applies to medicine. Such a study occurs if the person assigning medication does not know who receives true medicine and who is given a placebo, and neither do the patients or those providing the care. Such a structure attempts to remove the “placebo effect” on the part of both the patient and the treating doctor. Unfortunately, I found myself thinking of this quite a bit lately, as I faced the reality that my little sister is facing the battle of her life.
October 12, 2011
The recent silliness in Florida, in which the governor is questioning the need for more anthropologists, got me to thinking about the whole idea of market demand for degrees. When we speak of market demand for certain disciplines, which market do we mean?There’s the market for B.A. grads (or A.A. grads, or A.S. grads) in private industry. Looking solely at that, you’d conclude that a field like psychology is pretty much DOA.Then there’s the market for Ph.D. grads in a given discipline. There, psychology looks stronger, but English isn’t looking too hot.
October 12, 2011
Good conferences are like a good partnership—they get better with age. Or maybe it’s my age that allows me to engage more directly with the ideas around me. I felt this way last weekend when I assisted with interviewing several participants at a Flannery O’Connor conference for a documentary. Many of the interviewees, such as Bill Sessions, knew the great writer personally before her untimely death at thirty-nine from lupus. They understood how important her religious faith had been to her.
October 12, 2011
Ok, so the campus LMS market is in transition. Blackboard’s announced plans to retire its legacy LMS applications is a major catalyst for this transition: upwards of 700 Blackboard LMS clients, primary but not exclusively colleges and universities, confront “up or out” decisions regarding their current campus implementations of retiring Angel, WebCT, and other older Blackboard-branded LMS applications.

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