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March 11, 2010 - 5:00pm
It's not in production yet, but Nokia was recently awarded a patent for a cellphone that recharges its own battery, with no electrical connection required.
March 10, 2010 - 10:10pm
There's a wonderful I Love Lucy episode in which Lucy and Ethel decide to go into the salad dressing business. When Ricky asks about the economics of it, Lucy responds that they lose two cents on every bottle, but they make it up in volume.This piece in IHE reminded me of that. It basically asks why colleges haven't adopted enrollment growth as an economic survival strategy.So much to say...
March 10, 2010 - 10:07pm
I'm a huge believer that as many people as possible involved in higher education should teach. Administrators should teach. Librarians should teach. Technologists should teach. People who work in companies should teach. Journalists, editors, and publishers covering higher education should teach. I think more companies should follow Wimba's lead in encouraging their employees to teach. 
March 10, 2010 - 9:49pm
I’m a great one for To Do lists. For me they work especially well when I’m organized enough to have items broken down into bite-sized projects that I can go along and knock off. When my lists are working well I rarely finish everything on it in one day. I rewrite my list and re-prioritize all the items that don’t get crossed off along with the new things that come up each night for the next day. I keep all the lists in sequential pages of a notebook, so I can refer back to old ones, and they become a reference of what I have done.
March 10, 2010 - 11:36am
March 8th was International Women’s Day (IWD), which seems appropriate after watching Kathryn Bigelow make Oscar history last weekend (rock on …). The IWD celebrations first started in 1910-11 and were recognized by the United Nations in 1975. Many countries around the world — China, Russia, Vietnam (not the U.S.)--celebrate IWD as a national holiday. Not surprisingly, Nicholas Kristof’s N.Y.
March 9, 2010 - 9:59pm
(Warning: this one's a little vent-y.)Yesterday started with one of those meetings that left me drained, precisely because it went as well as it could have.My counterparts and I met to discuss staffing needs we had identified within our areas. We had previously agreed that we would all self-censor, and only put forth the really important ones. We agreed that we'd play nice, not back-stab, and refer everything to larger needs.
March 9, 2010 - 9:48pm
A colleague sent me an article from The Washington Post, "Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted From Lecture Halls."
March 9, 2010 - 8:26pm
In order to address a number of Greenback U's sustainability issues, it's necessary that the campus work hand-in-hand with local governments. This was, I'm sure, part of the intent of focusing on higher education through vehicles like the ACUPCC. For instance, we can't do a whole lot about Greenback's accessibility via public transit unless we get the city, many of the surrounding towns, the county and the local transit district on board.
March 8, 2010 - 10:54pm
A colleague e-mailed me recently — would I be interested in getting together an informal group of folks, every now and then, to talk about teaching? Would I! This colleague, I should say, is a master teacher himself — winner of innumerable awards, author of a book on teaching himself. I've been wanting to reach out to him for a while to talk about some of the things I'm hoping for our first year seminar program — but he got to me first.
March 8, 2010 - 10:45pm
Matt. Very much enjoyed your Views column "Switching Sides" on your preparation to teach online.


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