09 février 2014

Speek Makes Conference Calls Better

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. Earlier this week I was scheduled to be on a conference call. I dialed in, entered in my pin, and was told by an automated voice that I was the first person on the call. After five minutes of elevator music, I hung up and dialed in again. Once again, the system told me that I was the only person on the call. Sensing a glitch in the system, I sent out a few emails to the other individuals on the call. Apparently, they had successfully dialed into the call and I had used a wrong number. It was yet another chapter in my seemingly endless array of unfortunate conference call experiences. Read more...

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Rankings

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Margaret Andrews. The new Financial Times Global MBA rankings are out and guess what?
Not much has changed from last year. Looking at the Top 20, U.S. schools account for 57%, European schools account for 29%, and Asian schools hold the remaining 14% of spots on the list.  All of these percentages are the same as 2013 and vary only slightly from 2012, and the schools in the Top 20 for 2014 are the exact same schools in the Top 20 in 2013. Read more...

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Real corporate social responsibility

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. I get a lot of electronic newsletters.  Addressing problems of unsustainable practice will require a mix of knowledge, skills and techniques not addressed by any single academic discipline, any single market sector, any single political group.  So I try to keep up with a wide range of topics from an even wider range of perspectives, although I often find myself ignoring potentially useful information for the simple reason that I don't have time to read i. Read more...

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Math Geek Mom: Cabin Fever

By Rosemarie Emanuele. In Statistics, the idea of “variance” describes how disperse data points are. Are they all bunched right at the mean, or are they very spread out, with some values much larger than the mean, and other values much lower than the mean? I taught this topic last week, and was able to create a visual (and beyond) image for my students. I entered my classroom stomping snow off my boots as I took off my coat and scarf. I asked them the question; “does anyone even remember the heat of the summer?” A room full of tired students who had driven to school in a storm glared back at me. No, no one seemed to remember the sweltering heat and humidity of the summer that had led to a tornado sweeping through and destroying part of the campus. And so I discussed the idea of variation in weather, as it relates to the calculation of the variance of a data set. Read more...

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The New Time

By Laura Tropp. Last week I was reading a Wall Street Journal article, an excerpt from a new parenting book by Jennifer Senior, that discusses time and parenting. This piece focused on differing notions of time management and parenting between women and men. Ultimately, it argued that women often performed tasks that involved childcare and time sensitive-tasks, which took up more mental time. It was hard for me to disagree. I would much prefer folding five loads of laundry by myself than trying to convince any of my children to take a bath before bed. This article also made me think about how our media environments, not just sex/gender identifications, may impact how we see time. Read more...

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A #ELI2014 Meta Concern

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Hello from #ELI2014.
What has stuck in your mind after day one of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting? My overwhelming reaction is one of gratitude
Gratitude at our great good fortune that conversations about learning have moved to the center of our higher ed strategic discussions. Read more...

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#ELI2014 As Blended Learning

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting more than a wonderful conference.
It is a model of why blended learning is the most effective format we have for teaching.
I’ve been absent for a couple of years to this gathering, and after spending a couple days in New Orleans with my learning technology peers and colleagues I have a new appreciation for the value of this face-to-face gathering. Read more...

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An EdTechie In 2069

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. My retirement plan has me working until 2069. In that year I will turn 100, and maybe then I’ll take up golf.
Why won't this edtechie ever retire?
First, have you seen the cost of higher ed lately? We have two offspring set to hit the postsecondary industrial complex in 2015 and 2017. Enough said.
But I have other reasons beyond tuition costs to want to stay working at the intersection of learning and technology. Here are a 3. Read more...

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Futures Imperfect 2

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. The fabulous Barbara Fister, you, and I like to read books about the future. 
Some thought provoking, or at least engaging, dystopian fiction can bring some restorative balance to general “future will be pretty awesome” themes of the nonfiction books that I tend to read.
Two fun, fast, and smart books that I’d like to recommend for your brain are Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance and Ramez Naam’s Nexus.  The fact that these books are cheap - $4.99 and $1.99 respectively for the Kindle versions - may persuade you (combined with my recommendation) to download.  Let us know.
Brilliance can be read as a book length argument that aspies and other newly recognized on the spectrum ways of thinking may offer alternative (and sometimes superior) ways interfacing with the world. Read more...

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Present Imperfect, Future Tense

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. I was a bit taken aback by responses to my thoughts about short-term versus long-term thinking as libraries make decisions. I see libraries making practical trade-offs all the time without always considering how those decisions may bite us a few years from now. As an example, we traded print subscriptions for Big Deals. This made sense. We had to trade hand-picked subscriptions of local interest for what came with the Deal, but we could get a lot more for the money. Read more...

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