31 août 2014

Mediocre is the message

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the world's most prestigious assembly of climate scientists -- is preparing to issue the Synthesis Report from its Fifth Assessment Cycle.  That report has been submitted to member governments for comment.  After government comments have been reviewed and, as appropriate, incorporated, the final Synthesis Report will be issued on November 2 of this year. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:48 - - Permalien [#]


The Politics of Tasteless Jokes

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. I have been taken to task before on this site for taking leaps of logic and assuming everyone else was jumping with me. That happened again last week. I tried to address it in the comments, but my reply got stuck in moderation, either because the moderator is a comedy critic or because I used the word "penis" once too often. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:47 - - Permalien [#]

My Grad School Transcript

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. How closely connected is your current academic work to what you did you grad school?
I find it interesting, telling and a bit ironic, that my academic career has been all about teaching and learning, initially in the classroom, now in our Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Subjects that never really crossed my mind as a grad student. Read more...

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Analytics and the Liberal Arts

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. I’d like to have a discussion about analytics. About data. About assessment.
My colleague calls this technique writing for collaboration. 
Some questions:

  • What is the proper place for learning analytics in the liberal arts context?
  • How can we utilize evidence to improve student learning? Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:44 - - Permalien [#]

Request to Professor Fitger for a Letter of Recommendation

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. "Be reassured: the literature student has learned to inquire, to question, to interpret, to critique, to compare, to research, to argue, to sift, to analyze, to shape, to express. His intellect can be put to broad use."
From a LOR (letter of recommendation) from J.T. Fitger, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Payne University.
Quoted in Dear Committee Members: A novel  (Kindle Location 974 - whatever that means). Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:42 - - Permalien [#]


3-2-1 Backup Before It’s Too Late

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Hanna Peacock. The question isn’t if your hard drive will fail; it’s when will your hard drive fail. The stats on hard drive survival reveal a harsh truth: 1-in-20 drives die within the first year; 1-in-5 die within four years; half of all hard drives die within 6 years. Besides the natural death of a hard drive (or flash drive), viruses, thefts, spilled beverages, and power surges can cause a catastrophic data loss. But, if you follow the 3-2-1 Rule of Backup, you are prepared to save your data, writing, family photos, and personal files in the event of a digital emergency.
The 3-2-1 Rule states that you should have:
- Three copies of your files,
- In two different formats, and
- One copy should be offsiteRead more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:40 - - Permalien [#]

DIY Writing Groups

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Kelly Hanson. Beginning the semester can feel like a fresh start for those of us who weren’t quite as productive as we wanted to be this summer. But it can also feel overwhelming—so many things to do and to schedule. When and where and how to get research and writing done? Writing every day and making a daily/weekly schedule are both important facets of productive writingRead more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:39 - - Permalien [#]

Waitlists

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. This time of year, as students are looking for that last section that makes a section perfect, I start hearing requests for waitlists. Wouldn’t it be great, they ask, if popular sections had formal waitlists, so students wouldn’t have to check the computer obsessively to see if someone dropped?
If you only look at the single, isolated case, the question makes sense. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:37 - - Permalien [#]

OER, ERP’s, and an Idea

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Libby Nelson has a thought-provoking piece in Vox about why textbook prices keep climbing so quickly. It’s worth a read, not least for the point that, as with tuition, prices do not necessarily equal spending.  As prices have climbed progressively higher, students have become more vigilant about finding alternatives, whether through rentals, used purchases online, or other, more ethically ambiguous means. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:36 - - Permalien [#]

Certainty We Don’t Have

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Quick: what will be the hot growth field in five to ten years?
The only honest answer I can imagine for that is “I don’t know.”
Some guesses are better than others, of course. I don’t see travel agents or mail carriers making huge comebacks, and it’s probably safe to guess that certain sorts of IT will be hot. In different areas of the country, locally hot companies and industries may be easy to predict. But on any sort of large scale, the pathway into the middle class is probably more opaque and rapidly changing now than it has been in generationsRead more...

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