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November 5, 2009 - 10:16pm
The EDUCAUSE annual conference is the one meeting each year that, for me, qualifies as unmissable. I come to EDUCAUSE for the vendors. To understand their product roadmaps. To get a sense of the competition. To get a feel for which company seems hot. To discover new companies and new strategies for vendors that I know. But most of all, I come to talk to the people who work for the companies whose services and platforms we utilize, or may utilize, on our campus. This EDUCAUSE I spoke to a number of smart people across a range of vendors. I hope to build on these relationships.
November 5, 2009 - 9:39pm
Last week was a difficult one in my family, as all of us got hit with a bug that is going around. I suspect that my daughter brought it home from school, and she was the first to be hit, followed closely by me. My husband eventually got it, but only on the weekend, when it conveniently would not conflict with any “billable hours” in his practice. I managed to re-arrange my teaching so I could grab a few hours of rest, and was doubly lucky because I multitasked by taking care of my daughter at the same time.
November 5, 2009 - 2:25pm
If you believe Ban Ki Moon, the UN climate summit next month in Copenhagen will be a failure by any rational standard. Oh, he and other politicians will find a way to put a positive spin on things and thereby create the opportunity to declare a limited success. INo doubt, their speech-writers are already drafting a framework for self-congratulatory pronouncements which disguise their irony behind a smile and a statement about how much work there remains to do.
November 5, 2009 - 8:44am
Maybe it’s because it was just Halloween, but, for some reason, zombies seem to have surrounded me recently. My fourteen year-old daughter Katie wanted to go see Zombieland weekend before last. I voted for Amelia, thinking that would provide her with a more positive role model — “She just got into a plane and decided to fly it!” But a need for good humor, Katie’s desire for sleep, and her brother’s educational crisis won out over both choices.
November 4, 2009 - 11:29pm
Dear Dept of Ed,Thanks for the wonderful grant support you've offered recently to community colleges. With enrollments up and state support down, it couldn't have come at a better time.That said, though, I wonder if a simple procedural change could save untold reporting and staff costs, and allow us to focus more resources on direct service delivery. I'm referring to “time and effort reports.”
November 4, 2009 - 11:24pm
Day 1 (Wednesday) of EDUCAUSE 09 has been defined for me by Kenneth Green's ONE/TWO punch of his essay "LMS 3.0" and his presentation of the 2009 Campus Computing Survey.
November 4, 2009 - 2:38pm
One recent morning while I was getting dressed, my four-year-old daughter had some advice for me: “Mama, I want you to eat and eat. I want you to always eat lots of healthy food because then you won’t get skinny”. Where was this conversation going? Was this about body image? I have a good appetite most of the time, I’m not particularly thin, and my weight hasn’t changed much recently, so I didn’t think I’d given her any cause for concern. (Of course I immediately thought her comment had to do with something about my body—talk about body image issues!).
November 4, 2009 - 12:57am
Dear Publishers: (McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Thomson...etc.)It is time to set your digital content free.What better stage then EDUCAUSE 09 here in Denver to announce that you have decided to put Creative Commons licensing on all your digital assets and make them available freely to the world!With one move you could make your associated textbook content relevant and compelling.
November 4, 2009 - 12:46am
(hat-tip to Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Moose a Muffin...) If you give a prof a project,he'll want a course release to go with it.If you give him the course release,he'll want a budget.Getting the budget will remind him thatother places are doing similar thingsand he'll want to go there.He'll ask you for more travel money.If you give him more travel money,he'll come back with guidelines and templatesand rubrics and technology.He'll play with them all.
November 4, 2009 - 12:36am
Well, maybe not free beer where you are right now, but I do promise free beer to anyone who shows up at Greenback and asks to collect.More to the point, "free beer!" is a phrase that's proven effective on campus for getting people's attention. What I'd like to draw your attention to is the single best reframing of an issue in the WBGU report. (This is the last post on that report, I promise. But it's in many ways the most important, so read on. And let me know if you get thirsty.)

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