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June 16, 2010 - 8:14am
I didn’t write last week because I was overwhelmed in getting ready for our annual migration west. We spend the summer months doing research, writing, traveling and visiting our west coast-located parents and extended family. Especially because we live so far from family, this summer flexibility is one of the greatest perks of an academic career, as far as I’m concerned (I’ve blogged about this before).
June 16, 2010 - 2:49am
An acquaintance who was a mid-level IT manager likes to remind me, every time I say I resist technology, that I tend to use it early and often. We met, for instance, working for a Fortune 1000 company, where I was the first employee to write and assemble digital pages in the production process. Before that, thousands of catalog pages each year were mocked-up and type-spec’d by graphic artists, the copy was sent out for typesetting, and finished boards were shot and stripped by a traditional pre-press department that made color-separated plates for the printing press from film.
June 15, 2010 - 10:13pm
I'm reading Clay Shirky's amazing new book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (have you downloaded it yet?), which has got me thinking about scarcity and course design. Shirky makes an argument that the transition from scarcity to abundance that publishing has experienced with the emergence of social media has increased the quality and diversity of ideas and discourse.
June 15, 2010 - 10:05pm
According to this story from IHE, a provost lost her job after her President found out that she had applied for a position elsewhere. Apparently the President was offended that she was willing to consider working someplace else, and told her that if she interviewed there, he would replace her. She interviewed, she didn’t get that job, and she lost the job she had.
June 14, 2010 - 9:42pm
Several alert readers sent me this piece from the Washington Post. It glosses a study conducted at the Air Force Academy that finds that
June 14, 2010 - 9:28pm
The summer after my junior year of high school I got a summer job in a resort town in Maine. It wasn’t my first summer job — I’d worked previously as a day camp counselor and a babysitter — but it was my first summer job away from home. The job wasn’t glamorous: I worked four hours a day cleaning a restaurant. My brother got me the job; he was doing outside work at the same resort, and when their regular cleaner hurt her ankle he mentioned that he had a sister sitting at home with no job. A few days later I was on my way.
June 14, 2010 - 8:46pm
I've become enamored with tools that allow us to have rich, non-text based, communications with our students. If these tools also make communication and collaboration easier and faster than I'm doubly excited.The latest tool I've been using and recommending is ScreenFlow from Telestream. This is a Mac-only tool, so I'm hoping that someone will recommend something similarly wonderful for Windows.
June 13, 2010 - 9:33pm
Does your college's administration have a clue, or is it a living, breathing refutation of both Darwin and Intelligent Design? Take this simple test and find out!1. Does your college allow new students to enroll, fresh off the street, after classes have started? (I'm not referring to drop/add. I'm referring to entirely new enrollments; the kid wasn't a student yesterday, but he is today.)a. Yes.b. No.Scoring: If you answered 'a,' your administration is utterly clueless. If you answered 'b,' there's hope.
June 13, 2010 - 9:01pm
From my earliest days as an economic major, almost at the same time as I was studying supply and demand, I learned the phrase ceteris paribus which translates into “all other things remaining the same” (or remaining equal). Almost every concept in economics was learned by manipulating one variable so that you could measure the impact of that variable while other variables were kept constant. Going back to supply and demand, you would gauge the demand for a product (be it a car or a coat or a croissant) by keeping the price and the preferences for all other products exactly the same.
June 13, 2010 - 8:57pm
As I try to get my mind around the concept of place-based pedagogy (or even place-aware pedagogy), a range of thoughts and associations crosses my radar screen.


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