11 novembre 2014

A Moon Shot Without Rocket Science

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. As usual, after I rant about some big systemic issue – last week it was the pointlessness of paying so much attention to polishing the surface of things in competition against one another while the core of who we are and what we do empties out – people ask “so what? What are we supposed to do about it?” Pointing at problems is always easier than coming up with solutions. Read more...

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Get Cracking

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. I’m trying to read a book titled The Triumph of Emptiness because it sounds as if it channels so much of what I’ve been mumbling to myself incoherently for years. In it Mats Alvesson connects the dots between consumerism, the fact that having more doesn’t make us happy (by design – how else will you encourage more consumption except by ensuring we aren’t satisfied?) and how this plays out in higher education and the way organizations generally work today. Read more...

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Teaching to a Third Commandment

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/green.jpg?itok=D8D3DXB7By G. Rendell. The economy exists to serve society, not the other way around.  Thus, maintain an economy which is sufficient to provide the goods and services required to support happy, healthy living for all members of society.  And do it in such a manner that the resources consumed by economic activity don't exceed the levels which the planet can supply indefinitely.
This third sustainability commandment consists in two parts -- meet needs, and don't exceed resource supply.  The latter portion is largely a corollary to the first commandment (the one about there being only one planet's worth of planet); the generalities are pretty simple, and the specifics will be detailed in future posts. Read more...

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The Kindle vs. The Fire Phone

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. My brother Max sent me this piece by Dustin Curtis on why Amazon Has No Taste.
Dustin writes that:
"[A]s Amazon has released more and more pieces of junk over the past couple of years, I’ve lost faith. The Fire Phone, for example, is not just bad; it’s so terrible that it’s dishonest of Amazon to sell it to anyone. There are zero people on Earth who would be better off owning a Fire Phone instead of an Android phone. I’m not exaggerating–go find one to play with, and you’ll understand. The hardware is abysmal and the software is embarrassing. You would have to be delusional as a manager to launch it and tell people that it is a well-made phone.”
Why is the Fire Phone such a disaster, and most of the other Amazon devices like the Kindle Fire “pieces of junk”.  Dustin blames Amazon’s insularity. Read more...

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"Marriage Markets" and the Value Of a College Degree

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family
by June Carbone and Naomi Cahn
Published in May of 2014.
This is the sort of book that reminds me why I became a sociologist (now lapsed). Carbone and Cahn, a couple of law professors, draw on a wide body of sociological literature to explain how trends in economic inequality and changing family formation patterns reinforce each other. Read more...

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Breaking "The Glass Cage"

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.  By Nicholas Carr.
Published in September of 2014.
The problem with the The Glass Cage is not that Nicholas Carr is a technology skeptic.  We need more skepticism when it comes to the use of digital tools. Read more...

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Does Exercise (and Learning) Count If Not Counted?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. If exercise is not recorded by a fitness app does it count as exercise?  If my Fitbit app does not count my run towards my daily step total did that run ever happen? 
These are the questions I ask myself whenever I forgo audiobooks or music on my morning treadmill run (waddle, stagger), choosing instead to use my iPhone to watch video. Read more...

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Shelter from the Economic Storm

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/JustVisitingLogo_white.jpg?itok=K5uvzo_-By John Warner. Despite having published five novels, two of which - The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying – would become enduring classics, it wasn’t until William Faulkner sold a handful of short stories to national magazines that he could afford a home.
The house, in Oxford, MS cost him $6000 in 1930.[1] He dubbed it Rowan Oak and lived there with his wife Estelle and her two children from her first marriage. Following Estelle’s death in 1972, it was deeded to the University of Mississippi, which maintains it as a museum. Read more...

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Audience

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Yesterday’s article about a college president making some staggeringly sexist comments about campus rape had some lessons beyond the obvious.  (For the record, the obvious would include “don’t be a sexist jerk.”) Read more...

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Assessment Done Well and Badly

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. If you haven’t yet seen Jeffrey Alan Johnson’s essay on faculty/administration conflicts over assessment, check it out. It’s well worth reading, not least because it goes well beyond the usual first-level conflicts over assessment. (The comments give a pretty good indication of what the usual first-level conflicts are.) Read more...

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