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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.
October 7, 2009 - 10:58pm
Dear Ray,A quick note to say hello from your fans out in the higher ed. community. Hello.As President of Blackboard's teaching and learning division, Blackboard Learn, you have strong support and a built in fan base among learning technologists. Bringing you onboard as President of Blackboard Learn was the best step that Blackboard could have taken to connect with your higher ed. learning community.
October 7, 2009 - 8:27pm
One of the tools I find most effective when talking to students about climate change is (no surprise here) streaming video. NASA has done a couple of pretty good ones, but predictions change rapidly as new data becomes available, so I'm always on the lookout for the newer and the more visually impressive.Lately, some of the best videos have been based on climate modeling and predictions out of the Met Office Hadley Centre -- the UK's main government agency on such matters.
October 7, 2009 - 8:42am
An article in the Washington Post last week stirred up the old “Opt-out” argument of Lisa Belkin by bringing in recent census statistics to investigate patterns of at-home parenting.
October 6, 2009 - 8:58pm
Where did September go? I ask this every year, suspecting that Alma Mater has teamed up with Mother Nature to play a trick on me. The stretch from Labor Day to payday is always a blur: of eager or anxious new faces, of people asking where-is and how-to questions, of hiring and training new student workers, and of reconnecting with faculty whom I haven’t seen since May. My calendar, instead of being mostly empty as it was in August, is suddenly mostly full, and my task list seems endless, with deadlines or orientation activities almost every day.
October 6, 2009 - 8:53pm
It isn't often that you can see a historical inflection point this clearly. Posted on the same day, these two articles need to be read next to each other.
October 6, 2009 - 7:44pm
There are many many things related to learning technology that I have no ability to accomplish, but wish I had.I'll name my top 3 non-skills. I'd be curious about yours.1) Rack a Server: The guys and gals I work with are always racking servers. Something about "racking" anything just sounds cool. How satisfying it would be to actual get my hands on the hardware that makes the ones and zeroes that dominate my life actually work. To connect the physical to the digital by connecting up the physical box. Anyone in the server room need a hand?
October 5, 2009 - 9:36pm
I've been going to a lot more meetings this year than I've done in years past — it's a mark of my current position chairing our new First Year Seminar program. There are, it seems, endless meetings on the way to establishing a new academic program: I go from committee meeting to faculty meeting to student interview and back again, usually carrying not only the materials I need to consult in the meeting but also the book I'm about to teach — or have just taught.
October 5, 2009 - 9:26pm
With the budget situation continuing to worsen, we're often unable to replace people when they leave. When the people in question are full-time staff with relatively niche functions, things get complicated.In the world of small private businesses, it's a matter of saying “Steve, you pick up this half of Mike's job, and I'll pick up the other half.” Or, “we just won't do that.” Or, “Steve, do Mike's job and your own.” Notice how short each of those solutions is.
October 5, 2009 - 8:37pm
The EDUCAUSE annual conference offers the best opportunity each year to spend time with educational technology companies in order to understand their strategic roadmap and how their plans and releases will impact our work on campus.

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