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  • Tim Ferriss in a Toga: The Ancient Greeks on Labor and the Good Life

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The Wondrous Water Wheel Writing in the first century B.C., Anitpater of Thessalonica made one of the first known references to the water wheel: “Cease from grinding, ye women who toil at the mill; sleep late even if the crowing cocks announce the dawn. For Demeter has ordered the Nymphs to perform the work of your hands, and they, leaping down on the top of the wheel, turn its axle….we taste again the joys of the primitive life, learning to feast on the products of Demeter without labor.” I recently encountered this quote in Lewis Mumford’s seminal 1934 book, Technics…
  • 6 Things You Need To Consider Before Your Next Career Fair

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Career fairs can be hard to navigate. The layout and crowded aisles obscure employer booths and, when you do find them, you might only have the time to learn what the company does before other candidates sneak in and introduce themselves. It can be a real war zone. Without preparation, you could waste time talking […]
  • Buying Blackboard, Redux

    Inside Higher Ed
    Kenneth C. Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Blog: Digital TweedLet the speculation begin. Perhaps that’s the best initial response to the news last week that Blackboard (Bb) is up for sale, again. The potential sale comes just four years after Providence Equity Partners purchased Blackboard for $1.64 billion.  The report that Bb may be on the market follows the annual Bb World Conference, where potential buyers were, no doubt, backbenching the event and talking with Bb clients. Speculation about potential buyers was rampant in April 2011 when Blackboard’s management announced it had received two unsolicited buyout…
  • Best of ‘The Torch’: With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney

    FIRE
    FIRE
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This article is part of FIRE’s “best of” retrospective, where we revisit the most memorable Torch moments from the past year. This article originally ran April 22, 2015. With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney BISMARCK, N.D., April 22, 2015—Today, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2150 into law, providing students enrolled in the state’s public colleges and universities the right to be represented at their expense in non-academic suspension and expulsion hearings. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) worked with a…
  • Engagement Doesn’t Stop with Opening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog
    Katie O'Connell
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, the Cuban flag was raised outside of the newly official Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time in more than 50 years. The crowd erupted into applause and cheers of “iViva Cuba!” Nearly ten hours later, I walked up to the embassy on my way home from the NAFSA office and was happy to see that the celebrations had not died down. A large crowd was still chanting, singing, drumming and dancing on the sidewalk. Colorful signs calling for the end of both the travel ban and trade embargo were still weaved through the posts of the fence in front of…
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  • Tim Ferriss in a Toga: The Ancient Greeks on Labor and the Good Life

    Study Hacks
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The Wondrous Water Wheel Writing in the first century B.C., Anitpater of Thessalonica made one of the first known references to the water wheel: “Cease from grinding, ye women who toil at the mill; sleep late even if the crowing cocks announce the dawn. For Demeter has ordered the Nymphs to perform the work of your hands, and they, leaping down on the top of the wheel, turn its axle….we taste again the joys of the primitive life, learning to feast on the products of Demeter without labor.” I recently encountered this quote in Lewis Mumford’s seminal 1934 book, Technics…
  • Deep Habits: Write Your Own E-mail Protocols

    Study Hacks
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The Curse of Process Inefficiency A couple weeks ago, I posted some ideas about why we have such a love/hate relationship with e-mail. In this post, I want to return to the conversation with a thought on how we might improve matters. I argue that a major problem with our current e-mail habits is interaction inefficiency. In more detail, most e-mail threads are initiated with a specific goal in mind. For example, here are the goals associated with the last three e-mails I sent today before my work shutdown: Getting advice from my agent on a publishing question. Moving a meeting to deal with a…
  • Barack Obama on Craftsmanship

    Study Hacks
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Obama’s Craft Last winter, I posted a quote from Barack Obama where he discusses his commitment to honing his craft. Earlier this week, we received more evidence of this presidential craftsmanship. With three minutes and twenty seconds left in his interview with Marc Maron, (released Monday), Obama said the following: The more you do something, and the more you practice it, at a certain point it becomes second nature. What I’ve always been impressed with about when I listen to comics talk about comedy is how much of it is a craft. Right? They’re thinking it through, and they…
  • The E-mail Productivity Curve

    Study Hacks
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    A Mixed Response Late last year, Pew Research found that online workers identified e-mail as their most important tool, beating out both phones and the Internet by sizable margins. Almost half of the workers surveyed claimed that the technology made them “feel more productive.” As Pew summarized: “[e-mail] continues to be the main digital artery that workers believe is important to their job.” Around the same time this research was released, however, Sir Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology, made waves at the British Psychological Society’s…
  • Pursue Metrics that Matter

    Study Hacks
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Three Measures of Success I’ve been thinking recently about the metrics we use to measure success when pursuing self-motivated ambitions. These metrics tend to fall into three major categories, which I’ll list from easiest to hardest to achieve: Participation Metrics: The goal here is to simply invest regular time toward the ambition. For example, if you want to become a writer, this might involve creating a daily writing ritual. Unconventional Custom Metrics: The goal here is now clarified to specify concrete outcomes, but these outcomes tend to be custom-built and not widely…
 
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  • 6 Things You Need To Consider Before Your Next Career Fair

    Kirk Baumann
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Career fairs can be hard to navigate. The layout and crowded aisles obscure employer booths and, when you do find them, you might only have the time to learn what the company does before other candidates sneak in and introduce themselves. It can be a real war zone. Without preparation, you could waste time talking […]
  • Standing Out (In a Good Way)

    Kirk Baumann
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s a tough world out there. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every job opening in 2009, there were 6.2 people unemployed. Today, that statistic has gotten better and is now 1.6 unemployed per job (5.4 million openings in April 2015.) Companies are seeking future leaders to take their organizations into the […]
  • 3 Tips for Transitioning to a Full-Time Job

    Kirk Baumann
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Entering the workforce as a full-time employee after just having spent several years of your life in an educational setting can seem like a big switch. After all, there are some definite differences between an office environment and a lecture hall. Plus, working at an ice cream stand near the beachfront every summer for 15 […]
  • The Benefits of a Semester Abroad

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
      A few years back, this site published an article encouraging students to take vacations in order to recharge, explore a bit, and enjoy new experiences. Indeed, the value of a vacation in maintaining your sanity and broadening your knowledge and understanding of the world is impossible to overstate—and that’s why I’d also encourage any […]
  • Getting the Most From Career Fairs

    Kirk Baumann
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    For the recent grad who has experienced tossing a cap and switching a tassel, a career fair may be the next best step in a journey to finding a job. Career fairs are full of eager recruiters, on the hunt for the ideal candidate. And, like a swarm of bees to honey, they’re full of […]
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  • Buying Blackboard, Redux

    Kenneth C. Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Blog: Digital TweedLet the speculation begin. Perhaps that’s the best initial response to the news last week that Blackboard (Bb) is up for sale, again. The potential sale comes just four years after Providence Equity Partners purchased Blackboard for $1.64 billion.  The report that Bb may be on the market follows the annual Bb World Conference, where potential buyers were, no doubt, backbenching the event and talking with Bb clients. Speculation about potential buyers was rampant in April 2011 when Blackboard’s management announced it had received two unsolicited buyout…
  • The Blunder of Ranking African Universities

    Damtew Teferra
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Blog: The World ViewThe Times Higher Education (THE), one of the publishers of the global rankings of higher education institutions, with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) recently hosted an “African Universities Summit” titled “Moving Africa’s Universities Forward: Building a Shared Global Legacy” to provide insights into “best practice in the development of world-class teaching and research and shaping institutional strategic missions in an African and international context”. Disappointingly, this took place in the absence of critical players…
  • The Quest for Black Male Applicants to Med School

    Scott Jaschik
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:18 am
    The Association of American Medical Colleges on Monday released a report outlining steps taken and ideas for future strategies to increase the number of black male applicants to medical schools. The report comes amid concerns among medical educators about the inability of medical schools to attract more black male applicants -- a first step in enrolling more of such students. From 1978 to 2014, the number of black male college graduates increased, but the number of black male applicants to medical school dropped to 1,337 from 1,410. Ad keywords: admissionsdiversity
  • Wheeling Jesuit to Pay $2.3M to Settle Grant Fraud Claims

    Doug Lederman
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Wheeling Jesuit University will pay the federal government $2.3 million to settle claims that the West Virginia institution misspent research grant funds over nearly a decade. The settlement, announced by the U.S. attorney for West Virginia's northern district and by the university, resolves allegations that were raised in a 2012 audit by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which focused on a former federal official who became a vice president at Wheeling Jesuit. The statements from the Justice Department and the university frame the situation rather differently. Wheeling…
  • Wesleyan Suspends Its Only Remaining Fraternity

    Jake New
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Wesleyan University has suspended its chapter of Psi Upsilon, the university announced Monday, shutting down the one remaining fraternity on campus. In an email sent to students and faculty, Michael Roth, Wesleyan's president, stated that the chapter was under investigation by state and federal prosecutors for "illegal drug activity," including group purchases of narcotics. The house will be suspended for at least one year, though Roth said the punishment could last longer as the investigation continues. The property will be off limits to all Wesleyan students. …
 
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  • Best of ‘The Torch’: With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney

    FIRE
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This article is part of FIRE’s “best of” retrospective, where we revisit the most memorable Torch moments from the past year. This article originally ran April 22, 2015. With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney BISMARCK, N.D., April 22, 2015—Today, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2150 into law, providing students enrolled in the state’s public colleges and universities the right to be represented at their expense in non-academic suspension and expulsion hearings. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) worked with a…
  • Best of ‘The Torch’: Even Affirmative Consent Advocates Seem Confused About Affirmative Consent

    FIRE
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    This article is part of FIRE’s “best of” retrospective, where we revisit the most memorable Torch moments from the past year. This article originally ran October 6, 2014. Even Affirmative Consent Advocates Seem Confused About Affirmative Consent FIRE and many others continue to criticize the vague requirements of California’s new law requiring the state’s university and college students to obtain verifiable, ongoing “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. Among other problems, supporters have not clearly explained just how often one must explicitly ask for permission in…
  • Congress Introduces Second Campus Due Process Bill: The Fair Campus Act

    Joseph Cohn
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Last week, Congress introduced the the Safe Campus Act (H.R. 3403), a bill that would address campus sexual assault, while providing accused students meaningful due process protections. In another welcome development, a second bill, the Fair Campus Act (H.R. 3408), sponsored by Representatives Pete Sessions and Susan Brooks, was also introduced last week. The Fair Campus Act differs from the Safe Campus Act in only one way. Under the Safe Campus Act, campuses are precluded from conducting disciplinary hearings regarding allegations of sexual assault unless the complainants report the…
  • Best of ‘The Torch’: U. of Tulsa Suspends Student for Someone Else’s Facebook Post

    FIRE
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    This article is part of FIRE’s “best of” retrospective, where we revisit the most memorable Torch moments from the past year. This article originally ran February 12, 2015. U. of Tulsa Suspends Student for Someone Else’s Facebook Post TULSA, Okla., February 12, 2015—In a triple blow to free speech, due process, and freedom of the press, the University of Tulsa (TU) arbitrarily banned a student from campus until 2016 for Facebook posts that someone else admitted to writing and then attempted to intimidate student journalists who were trying to cover the story. “The University of…
  • Best of ‘The Torch’: Prof to Students: ‘You Are Here to Be Disturbed’

    FIRE
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    This week, FIRE is showcasing the past year’s best pieces from our award-winning blog, The Torch. Please enjoy as FIRE revisits some of our most memorable posts from the past year. This article originally ran May 11, 2015. Prof to Students: ‘You Are Here to Be Disturbed’ FIRE has written before about increasing calls for “trigger warnings” in academia, complaints about “microaggressions” on campus, and the insistence that students have a right to be free from speech they don’t like. Columbia University journalism professor Todd Gitlin examineswhat factors might be contributing…
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  • Engagement Doesn’t Stop with Opening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies

    Katie O'Connell
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, the Cuban flag was raised outside of the newly official Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time in more than 50 years. The crowd erupted into applause and cheers of “iViva Cuba!” Nearly ten hours later, I walked up to the embassy on my way home from the NAFSA office and was happy to see that the celebrations had not died down. A large crowd was still chanting, singing, drumming and dancing on the sidewalk. Colorful signs calling for the end of both the travel ban and trade embargo were still weaved through the posts of the fence in front of…
  • Immigrating to the United States: One Man’s Story of Luck, Hope, and Perseverance

    Heather Stewart
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Could you use an elixir for disillusionment with the U.S. political system or the hand-wringing about the future of the United States? Listen to “Abdi and the Golden Ticket,” a story broadcasted on NPR’s “This American Life” about Abdi Nor, a Somali refugee living in Kenya who won the Diversity Visa (DV) program lottery. The goal of the DV lottery, when it was created by Congress in 1990, was to diversify the immigrant population by allowing people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for one of 55,000 green cards available annually under the…
  • Victory for Voters and Democracy: Supreme Court Deals Blow to Gerrymandering

    Lisa Rosenberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    The Supreme Court delivered a victory to representative democracy today, ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission that under the Constitution’s Elections Clause, an independent body, and not only a state legislature, has the power to create voting districts. In 2000, the people of Arizona voted by referendum to create an independent redistricting commission to draw voting districts, taking the process away from the legislature and outside of the political pulls associated with redistricting efforts. The Arizona legislature sued to overturn the…
  • Listen to Your Mother

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    By Carol Crsoby When I review students’ résumés, I usually find action statements similar to these: – Manage staff – Attend weekly meetings – Tutored students in algebra and calculus You might say, “What is wrong with this?” Well, if I am a recruiter and have over 300 résumés to sort through to hire one person, I am not interested in hiring just anyone. I want to hire the one person who will bring their best to the job, the person who will go above and beyond the job description, the person who will give me more than the other 299 applicants. For this reason, you…
  • Six Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Networking Less Awkward

    Guest Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Nicolle Merrill We all know that networking is key to getting the things that we want—new jobs, new ideas, new partnerships. Yet when I ask students or colleagues about their networking efforts their answers fall somewhere between “networking is so awkward” and “OMG I hate it.” Networking, at its simplest, is about conversations. Talking to strangers can feel awkward, no doubt, but your willingness to push through and engage strangers and actively listen can open the door to potential. And with a bit of preparation—a few opening lines and a dash of bravery—anyone can be a…
 
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  • Press Release: The Safe Campus Act

    Hank Nuwer
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    PR Newswire July 29, 2015 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fraternity–sorority-political-action-committee-fspac-applauds-introduction-of-the-safe-campus-act-300120573.html Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) applauds introduction of The SAFE CAMPUS Act WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) applauds today’s introduction of The SAFE CAMPUS Act. The SAFE CAMPUS Act, sponsored by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),…
  • What does a complaint in a civil suit for a hazing death look like?

    Hank Nuwer
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    See the details of this lengthy document concerning the case against Theta Chi brothers in the death of Philip Dhanens.
  • Opinion: Judge in FAMU band hazing ignores the law’s intent “regardless of a victim’s willingness to participate”

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Editorial: I must write an essay immediately for publication as a journalist editorializing in non-layman’s language. But once again, a judge has forgotten the law on hazing –regardless of a participant’s willingness to participate. 3 FAMU band defendants get away with no jail time following death of beaten Robert Champion. It is not up to […]
  • Another hazing death and arrests — 14-year old victim

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once again the news from the Philippines is grim.    Here is brief excerpt and link is above: CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Three teenagers and a leader of a street gang were arrested by police for the death of a 14-year-old boy after an initiation rite in Sta. Maria town on Tuesday. Police […]
  • Historic day for sentencing in death of FAMU band leader Robert Champion

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today, 3 defendants in the death of FAMU bandleader face sentences of up to 20 years. My informed estimate is that 6 to 9 years will be the stiffest sentence imposed. http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/florida/final-3-defendants-to-be-sentenced-in-famu-hazing-/nmmM4/
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  • Icaria

    eriqfelix
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I never learned from Icarus I took a dis, internalized it, and ran with it My future was planned for me, n college wasn’t part of it. Elementary teachers reinforced […]
  • Helping My Brother Along the #Comm_College Pathway

    eriqfelix
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    My work has always been personal, whether in student affairs, admissions counseling, or educational research. I’ve invested myself in these endeavors believing that maybe, in a small way, my work […]
  • Time to do the work

    eriqfelix
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Knowing that community colleges serve students who have been historically marginalized it is vital to understand state policies, institutional structures, and student dynamics that facilitate transfer success. For those seeking […]
  • Nos Vemos en Esquipulas

    eriqfelix
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    My earliest memories as a child are with my grandfather. One of the first pictures I have is of him holding me at my baptism. Another memory is when he […]
  • Observations from VRC on the transfer process

    eriqfelix
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Anna is studying to become an elementary school teacher at Valley River College. Her friend Evelyn wants to be a criminal analyst like on “CSI.” Both are Latinas, second-year students, […]
 
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  • Pizza and Pleasure Redux

    13 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    In January 2014 I wrote about some push back to the Trinity Pizza & Pleasure program. This series offers sex education and pizza (as an incentive to draw attendance). Briefly, some (mostly parents - and not many) objected that the series seemed to emphasize promiscuity and there was no forum for alternatives. Program architect Dr. Richard Reams agreed to add some different topics. Here is the lineup and attendance figures from 2014-2015:Getting What You Want from Sex (Sept. 18; 60 attendees) Presented by Cay Crow.Getting What You Want from Abstinence (Sept. 25; 22 attendees) Presented by…
  • Seventh Annual: The Year in Review - 2014-2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    The portrait of Dennis Ahlburg hangs in the Northrup Hall Presidential suite.Another academic year is in the books, and as is tradition, I take a look back at the year that was. I try to think broadly, beyond the Student Affairs perspective. I have certainly missed some things and invite readers to post on those things in the comment section. I will write a handful of posts between now and August, but look for more regular posting to occur when we begin the 2015-2016 academic year.Top Stories1. March SadnessThe Trinity University community was rocked by two very public tragedies. On March 4,…
  • Life, Death, and Student Affairs

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Legends: Janet Waltman, Jim Potter, Debbie Kimbell, Pete Neville, Margaret Farris, Thurman Adkins, David Tuttle, Coleen Grissom, Gary Neal, Peg Layton, and Richard ReamsIt's still too soon to talk about "the accident." But we'll get there. This April, as the curtain fell on the Division of Student Affairs, it seemed perfect that former colleague Pete Neville was back in town for the first time since he left over ten years ago. After all, Pete, the Director of Student Activities was here when I began my Trinity University Student Affairs career in 1987. He was one of many. We'll get there too.
  • What do you say to a naked lady?

    1 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I'm not sure how I feel about this. Recently a young woman at Texas State sat naked on the steps of the library as an art project. I think people would call it performance art. So, what would I do, as an administrator if it happened here? I also wonder how others feel. Some initial thoughts:It's weirdBeing naked in public just seems... unnatural. I mean, she wasn't wearing (hardly) any clothes and people could see she was naked. Several years ago a student in California known as The Naked Guy wore the emperor's clothes. Sometimes people do things in the name of art to simply draw attention to…
  • Social Media Lessons by Michael Buble

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Students, and all of us, really, have to be careful in using social media. Pop singer Michael Buble recently created a stir when he posted an Instagram photo of a woman's derriere on his account. He later apologized, but said he intended no offense. No surprise that there has been some intense reaction. I have posted before on social issues such as race, twice, and homosexuality, twice. I have also posted about social media. There are so many educational lessons here related to sexism and social media combined, that I had to break them down in a pie chart (above). Self-awarenessMany are…
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  • Rockies Wildflowers

    ellenhatfield
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    I just got back from a wonderful 9 day vacation in Colorado. While I did a lot of different things (including a concert at Red Rocks & sampling some fabulous breweries), my favorite time of the whole trip was in Rocky Mountain National Park. The alpine area (well really the whole park) was absolutely stunning. While there, it was wildflower season. Here’s one of my favorite wildflower photos I captured:
  • Type Class

    ellenhatfield
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Over the past 12 weeks I have whole-heartedly participated in a class by Ali Edwards called Type. Ali is pretty big in the memory keeping/scrapbooking world and I’ve been reading her blog for a couple years now. I love that the core of her work is always the story. Type was a brand new class with a focus on ways to get words onto our projects in different ways. I waffled for weeks about taking the class. The class was kinda pricey, but I knew from previous experiences with Ali’s educational content that it would be worth the money. The night before the class was to start, I pulled…
  • What Makes Me Happy

    ellenhatfield
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    My default mode is positive, optimistic, happy, however you want to describe it. This doesn’t mean I never get sad or upset. I just choose to look at the world with a glass-half-full attitude. This past week I started reading the book The Happiness Project with my blog friend Stephanie. The author started her year-long happiness project not because she was sad, she just thought her happiness could be greater. As I was reading the lengthy intro and first chapter, I started thinking about what makes me happy. I also thought about what could make me happier, or things I think would…
  • 5 Years of Blogging

    ellenhatfield
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Happy Birthday to my blog! I claimed my little corner of the internet 5 years ago today because I wanted to share my summer adventure of interning at EOU in Oregon. Since this birthday was a major milestone for the blog, I took some time to reflect about whole experience. What I’ve learned by blogging the past 5 years: Having a space to process and share my experiences (both work and non-work related) has helped me to actually take the time to do that processing. The community of bloggers is huge. So huge, that there are many communities. I’ve met some really cool people and been…
  • Ice on the Beach

    ellenhatfield
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday and ventured to the east side of Duluth to Brighton Beach. Apparently, several other people had this same idea. It was packed. Like middle of the summer packed. Anyway, I was able to stand the cold for a little while and had some fun with my camera. Here’s one of my favorite shots of the ice.
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    Finding the Words

  • Breathe in, Breathe out

    12 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    I woke up this morning in a terrible mood. I won't go into the reasons why, at the risk of airing my #firstworldproblems (really, the reasons are very silly). But, the fact remains - I woke up this morning in a terrible mood.I spent the first part of my day dwelling on this bad mood. I gave the anger and the sadness time, and I gave it my attention, and I gave it energy. As I was making my bed, as I was doing laundry, as I was eating breakfast, I was dwelling in this bad, sad place.Then, I heard a still, small voice.Open your Bible, it said.So I did. And Psalm 62 grabbed my attention.My soul…
  • Shiner Prickly Pear

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    For those of you from Texas or with loved ones from Texas, you have probably (at some point) tasted (and enjoyed) a Shiner beer. Brewed in the tiny town of Shiner, TX, Shiner beers are not only delicious; they represent Texan culture in a fantastic way - not only through the brewery's history, but also through the beers that they brew.Two of my favorite Shiner draughts are Shiner Cheer, which is a holiday beer that has flavors of pecan and peach (two uniquely Texan flavors to add to a holiday brew), and Shiner Ruby Redbird, which features delicious Texas ruby red grapefruit.My love for Shiner…
  • Puzzling

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    For anyone who's seen any of the modern classic TV show New Girl, you probably know who Winston is - sometimes the voice of reason, sometimes an absurd and delightful part of our favorite roommate foursome. For those of you who don't know Winston, there are a few facts that are critical to understanding who Winston is as a human, and one of those is that Winston loves puzzles.Or, as Winston calls it, "Puzzling."Unfortunately, Winston is also very, very bad at puzzles. Like, really, really, really bad. (Click that link. It's important.)I've been reflecting a lot recently, on life and…
  • Gratitude Lesson #3: Asking the Tough Questions

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Today, as I had a life chat with Alexa, a dear friend and up-and-coming colleague, we talked about those dark places that we occasionally get into in our lives. I've written about these low places before - the doldrums, the proving grounds, the valleys. They suck, but they're real points in our lives when things just don't fit or work the way they're supposed to. We may feel down, or lost, or off our groove. Whatever it is, the low places are NOT fun.What often helps me wake up a little, to get enough of a jolt of electricity to get myself moving again so I can try to get out of the valley,…
  • Gratitude Lesson #2: When Skies Are Gray

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    As a part of my One Word 2015, Gratitude, I'm trying to take some time to recount and reflect on lessons I'm learning about gratitude.Today's post is going to be short, but it needs to be written.It's mid-winter now. Although daylight is finally getting longer again, the cold weather just won't let up, and the odds are that days are cloudy instead of sunny. Life, too, is often "cloudy" and challenging this time of year. Not only are my work and professional commitments abuzz with the turn of the year, this is just one of those times that everything seems to be converging on me all at…
 
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  • npr: 99percentinvisible: Scholar’s Library in Olivebridge...

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    npr: 99percentinvisible: Scholar’s Library in Olivebridge NY I want to go to there. -Emily
  • The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools: Young people named it the Freedom Summer Project. It was the largest campaign to register voters—in 1964, an election year—and it was the most significant demonstration of African Americans’ political strength in the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman John Lewis, then chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), wrote that the objective of Freedom Summer was to “force a showdown between the local and federal government.” One significant yet overlooked part of this history is the way activists moved beyond the ballot…
  • democracynow: As the nation mourns the mass shooting of nine...

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    democracynow: As the nation mourns the mass shooting of nine African-American worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church, Sunday marks the 51st anniversary of another hateful act tied to another historic black church. It was June 21, 1964, when three young civil rights workers (Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, pictured above) were murdered in Philadelphia in Neshoba County, Mississippi.Hear their story on Democracy Now! today.
  • "And that’s what the young people here today and listening all across the country must take away from..."

    7 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    “And that’s what the young people here today and listening all across the country must take away from this day. You are America. Unconstrained by habits and convention. Unencumbered by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be. For everywhere in this country, there are first steps to be taken, and new ground to cover, and bridges to be crossed. And it is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.” - President Barack Obama, in a speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma,…
  • mapsontheweb:Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    mapsontheweb:Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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  • Get Creative When Communicating With Your Loved Ones Back Home

    CTB Staff
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Sure, you’ve made friends in your dorm, and they seem great so far. But there’s nothing like a smile from your dad that warms your heart and makes you feel fuzzy inside. Being far away from your family doesn’t mean you need to lose the closeness you have with them, it just means you need to get creative with your communication methods. Thanks to technology doing its thing, it’s easier than ever to get some love from back home and to let your people know that, even though you're away, you’re still there in spirit.
  • 5 Mistakes Students Make While Studying Abroad in Europe

    Guest Blogger
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Europe is an exciting place to go to with all the great architecture, various cultures, and many tourist destinations being only a bus trip away. However, students often forget to be mindful of the fact that they’re there for another chief reason: studying! It’s easy to get so immersed into the wild college life that you forget to keep-your-cool and end up making a few indelible mistakes that could cost you a great studying experience. So, let’s take a look at a few mistakes students make while studying abroad in Europe that could wreck their international experience. Avoid these and…
  • How to Search for a Degree that offers Incremental ROI – A Primer

    Guest Blogger
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Let’s begin with a harsh reality of today’s times. College education has become very expensive over the years (it was never cheap), and instead of the costs getting more within reach of everybody who wants a college education, they are getting farther away. There are many students who cannot afford to pay for college and forgo getting their hands on a degree that could have opened the doors to a better life for them. On the other hand, there are students who enroll for degree and bust their chops working their way through college; but when they finally complete their education, they…
  • Defining Your Leadership Goals

    Chris Collins
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    If we are defined by what we do and what we do is shaped by our goals, the process of goal-setting is vital to our success as student leaders. Often we set goals and don’t know what they look like. Before you huff and puff about the goal setting acronym you think is on the way, save it!! I am going to propose a different way to think about goal setting. I want to redefine your student leadership experience and give you a tool to make you a more powerful, effective and balanced student leader.
  • Meeting Icebreaker: Rain

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    This meeting icebreaker is a great energizer to do right before a break or coming back from a break, especially if you have stragglers. Because it emulates the sound of a rain shower it ends up making a lot of noise and alerts those stragglers to return to the room. It's easy to do, takes no special equipment or practice and even gets the shy folks involved. So here's the easy-to-follow how-to for "making it rain."
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  • The Unworthy Attack on Sara Goldrick-Rab

    Angus Johnston
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    In the last few days sociology professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, one of the nation’s leading advocates for free higher education, has come under sustained and increasingly preposterous attack for some of her social media posts. The attacks have focused on two sets of tweets. In one, posted several weeks ago, Goldrick-Rab twice characterized Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who recently slashed budgets and eviscerated faculty governance and tenure the University of Wisconsin system where Goldrick-Rab works, as a fascist. Those tweets were dumb, Goldrick-Rab has apologized for them, and…
  • Black Sociology Prof Who Tweeted About Confederate Flag, White Supremacy Out at U of Memphis

    Angus Johnston
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Zandria Robinson, an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, has left her job in the wake of media attention to her tweets on whiteness and the Confederate flag. Robinson’s Twitter account is now locked, but according to an article in today’s Washington Times she recently tweeted that the Confederate flag is “the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism,” and that “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.” She also retweeted a Tweet declaring that”the USA flag stands for the same thing as the confederate…
  • How to Teach Your White Kids to Fight Racism

    Angus Johnston
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    A few years ago, some academics did a study of racial attitudes in small children. They wanted to find out whether generic assurances that everyone’s the same on the inside — the standard white liberal catechism of racial good feeling — actually make a difference in whether kids turn into bigots. They don’t. Telling your kid that everyone’s the same, that nobody’s better than anyone else, that everybody’s friends with everybody, accomplishes nothing. You can say that kind of stuff all day and all night — and believe me, white liberal parents do — but if that’s all you do,…
  • Bloodbath at Cooper Union

    Angus Johnston
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:27 pm
    This is a post I’ll be adding a lot of updates to, I suspect. As of this evening, five members of the Cooper Union board of trustees have resigned. They did not go quietly. From the letter of resignation of Mark Epstein, the former chair of the board: As a Trustee, I am hereby resigning from the Board, effective immediately. During my term as Chairman we were able to put the school on a path to sustainability. It was going to be a difficult path with some hurdles to get over. We were on our way, but have now gotten so far off of that path due to the actions (or inactions) of the Board…
  • Nine Things Dr. Ruth Just Got Wrong About Consent

    Angus Johnston
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been the subject of controversy over the last few days for comments she made in interviews and on Twitter about consent — views which are strongly at odds with what she’s written on the subject in the past. I wrote about this stuff a bit yesterday, but since then Dr. Ruth gave an interview with a Washington Post blogger in which she expanded on and underscored her new position: “Loud and clear: In the Jewish tradition, it says that if that part of the male anatomy is aroused, the brain flies out of the head. It also says a man doesn’t have enough blood…
 
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  • Using Web 2.0 in Online Courses: Creating Mystery & Engagement with a Collaborative Story Line

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    One interesting way to engage students is to put together a PowerPoint presentation that can be shared via social media, and which gives the opportunity to create a response presentation, and which includes a mystery / adventure story line. In this case, which was for a basics of petroleum geology course, I created a six-slide PowerPoint presentation which I shared using Slideshare.  The story
  • Be a Decision Architect: Structure Your Mind, Your Processes

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    The basis of bad decision-making is human behavior.  But behavior is often simply reinforced by current decision-making processes. In order to break through, one needs to redesign the environment, and be the architect of the context and conditions. That's a strong statement, but it's what John Beshears and Francesco Gino have asserted in their article, "Leaders as Decision Architects" which
  • Blended Problem-Based Learning: Finding the Best Blend

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Problem-based learning has proved to be highly effective for careers and industries in which a great deal of hands-on learning / skills-based practice is required and also in team environments. Examples include petroleum exploration and development, pipeline construction, manufacturing / processing, construction, medicine, pharmaceutical sales, allied health industries, and hospitality /
  • Design for Learning in E-Learning: Making the Notion of "Quality" Concrete and Implementable

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Design for Learning focuses on how to transform existing educational situations into desired situations where it is easier to achieve learning outcomes (Guislandi & Raffaguelli, 2015). The emphasis is on quality, and in doing so, the approach links the vision of how quality should be enacted in a program to the actual activities and procedures that are built into the learning program.In the
  • Hed Kandi Sayulita Beach House: Travel-Tourism Economic Development Using Social Media

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:52 pm
    I love Hed Kandi’s chill and house mixes and eagerly look for them. They evoke a beach and surf vibe and even if I’m squeezed into an economy seat on a sold-out regional jet flight, I am immediately transported to gorgeous places and climates.  For example, I imagine Sayulita, a bohemian coastal village in the Nayarit Riviera in Mexico close to Puerta Vallarta, famed for its surf and Stand Up
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  • White House: Innovation in Higher Education

    gsiemens
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education, to help prepare for the conversation. The event organizers made it clear that no media or social media was allowed during the event in order to have an open brainstorming session. My thoughts below are suitably vague so as to not identify who else was there…
  • Employability and quality of life

    gsiemens
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The employability narrative for higher education is over powering. While I certainly agree that work is important, I think the framework of “getting a job” is too limiting for the role that higher education (can and should) play in society. I had the privilege recently to deliver a talk to a group of folks at HERDSA in Australia on this topic. My argument: employability is important, but quality of life is more critical as a long term focus. Slides are below. Exploiting emerging technologies to enable quality of life from gsiemens
  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

    gsiemens
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • The death of Athabasca University has been greatly exaggerated

    gsiemens
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    I keep hearing rumours about Athabasca University dying or at least being on its deathbed. I guess stories like this don’t help: AU taskforce releases sustainability report. This article was picked up by Tony Bates, who states: “So Athabasca University is now in the same position as the Greek government, except it doesn’t have the EU, the IMF, or the Germans to look to for help – just the Alberta government, which itself has been fiscally devastated by the collapse of oil prices.” I’m conflicted by Tony’s response. He has forgotten more about digital learning…
  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    gsiemens
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
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  • Young people who are changing the world through science

    Sarah H
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Posted by Andrea Cohan, Google Science Fair Program Manager(Cross-posted from the Google for Education Blog) Sometimes the biggest discoveries are made by the youngest scientists. They’re curious and not afraid to ask, and it’s this spirit of exploration that leads them to try, and then try again. Thousands of these inquisitive young minds from around the world submitted projects for this year’s Google Science Fair, and today we’re thrilled to announce the 20 Global Finalists whose bright ideas could change the world. From purifying water with corn cobs to transporting Ebola…
  • Q&A with Dave Vos, Head of Google's Unmanned Delivery Vehicle Program

    Sarah H
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Dave Vos heads up Project Wing, Google's unmanned delivery vehicle program. Originally from Capetown, South Africa, he came to the United States at age 26 in order to do graduate work at MIT. While there, he earned his master's and PhD degrees. He has been involved in creating automated flying machines for over 20 years.Q: It seems like everybody’s talking about developing delivery drones lately. Why the big fuss all of a sudden?A: Many of the same technologies that have put smartphones in our pockets—smart software and small, inexpensive sensors like GPS and accelerometers—can be used…
  • Google Interns' Top 5 Interview Tips

    Sarah H
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    At Google Students, we’re all about providing content for students, by students. So, we asked over 100 Google interns for their best resume and interview tips. Last week, we shared their top 5 resume tips. This week, we’re sharing their top 5 interviewing tips (and a bonus tip for the coding interview):1. Think out loudOftentimes, there’s a tendency to only speak in interviews when you have a fully fleshed-out answer. However, in Google interviews, we’re just as interested in your thought process as we are in your final answer. So, don’t be afraid to think out loud and talk through…
  • Q&A with Chris Urmson, Head of the Self-Driving Car Project

    Sarah H
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Chris Urmson heads up our driverless car program. Prior to joining Google, he was on the faculty of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where his research focused on motion planning and perception for robotic vehicles. His self-professed motivation for his work? Making sure that his 11-year-old son doesn't get a driver's license in four and a half years. Q: Why is Google working on self-driving cars?A: Because we’ve always looked for ways that technology can change the world. More than a million people worldwide die each year in traffic accidents—94% of which are caused…
  • Google Interns' Top 5 Resume Tips

    Sarah H
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    At Google Students, we aim to provide content for students, by students. As a result, we asked Google interns to submit their best resume tips. Here are the 5 tips that kept coming up: 1. Tailor your resume to the specific company and job positionEvery company has different values and traits that they’re looking for in candidates. It’s important that your resume reflects that. To illustrate, at Google, some of our big values are collaboration and problem solving, so if you were applying here, emphasizing how you have exhibited those values in previous roles you’ve held would definitely…
 
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  • How I Lost 20 Pounds in 3 Months

    Joe Sabado
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    For the last three months, I committed myself to losing weight towards better fitness and as a challenge. In the past, I had gone through two separate personal challenges when I ate at least 1 salad for a meal/day for 100 as well as 40 consecutive days. I had set out to lose 20 pounds […]
  • Employees’ Sense of Ownership for Better Customer Service

    Joe Sabado
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:19 am
    My wife and I had lunch at Chinois in Santa Monica last week for my birthday. The food was as delicious and the portions were definitely served for family style. We were very impressed indeed! More impressive was the customer service and the sense of teamwork I observed amongst the staff. Frankly, I’ve been to […]
  • Organizational Management & Leadership: For Best Results, You Need Both

    Joe Sabado
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
      I have learned a lot in my role as the acting Executive Director for my IT organization, a role I’ve held for the last 7 months. While I’ve held management positions for more than a decade, I have learned more in this position when it comes to organizational change dynamics as well as leadership/management […]
  • Feedback: The Motivation Behind Them Matters

    Joe Sabado
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:11 am
    There are a couple of mentors I have come to trust in my career. That I trust them is based on the many interactions when they’ve shown me that when they provide me feedback, they come from a right place.  What I mean by “a right place” is that the feedback are genuine and they are to help […]
  • Cohort-Based IT Leadership/Management Program for Higher Ed

    Joe Sabado
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    This post contains some of the ideas I will be proposing to our HR department as an officially endorsed training program to address two issues I see present on our campus IT community. These two issues are 1) lack of a cohesive community among the different IT units (and leadership), and 2) needed training on […]
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  • Bringing Our Personality and Self(ie) to the Online

    Laura Pasquini
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    You can’t help but bring yourself to anything you are passionate about. I truly believe this. This past week has brought conversation and debate prompted from a single blog post about The role of personality in education. Thank you, Martin. This post shared thoughts on how individual courses emerged with a “cult of personality” to drive it towards success, collaboration, interaction and then some. For these type of MOOCs, the learning design was intentionally focussed on the characters (Yes. Dave and Jim are characters… who I adore) to encourage participation and…
  • The Future of Advising

    Laura Pasquini
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    This week I am at the NACADA’s International Conference, Melbourne, Australia (#NACADAmelb) with The Global Community for Academic Advising. Today our panel (George, Catherine, Jennifer, and myself) started a conversation around the following prompt: “The Future of Advising: Current and Past Predictions to Shape Our Future.” This panel was designed to poke at the issues and uses of technology in higher education for student support, academic advising, and personal tutoring. Much of the discussion was focussed on the Lowenstein’s chapter, Envisioning the Future (as…
  • PSA: Laura Down Under for June

    Laura Pasquini
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    This just in: I’m in the LAND DOWN UNDER! {Sorry if this is delayed information, as I just landed into Oz… but hey} As this is my first visit to Australia (yeah, I can’t believe it either), so I thought I’d make the most of it. I’ll be in Sydney (until June 17) and Melbourne (June 18-July 1)to catch up with from friends, family & tweeps. I will be researching and teaching online — so if you  need me I am available by phone (text preferred to my Google Voice office number: 940-268-5920) or shoot me an email. I’ll do my best respond there or other…
  • Thinking About Communities for Learning {#Rhizo15 Week 5 – Catch Up}

    Laura Pasquini
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    Q: What a #Rhizo15 post? But Laura, I thought the course was over? Is this not true? A: The #Rhizo15 is never over with a community like this one. #truth Week 5 poked and prodded at the notion of community for learning, with questions like: How do we make sure there is always room for new and contrarian voices? Do we need to create a them to have a we? How do we cultivate a community learning ecosystem so that it continues to grow outward rather than inward? What does that mean for learning? Must rhizomatic learning be an invasive species? In my efforts to set up my 10-week Summer courses…
  • Being A Networked Scholar

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Using social media and being a networked scholar allows provides you with an online, research presence and connects you to academics inside and outside your field. The power of open, social networks, allows academic to connect to research and researchers across disciplines. Consider all the ways you can collaborate and share in social media. A growing number of scholars have adopted and joined these online scholarly communities to meet other like-minded scholars, solicit for research support, share project progress, and  disseminate findings beyond a conference publication or journal…
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  • Researchers Open Repository for ‘Dark Data’

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leading an effort to create a one-stop shop for data sets that would otherwise be lost to the public after the papers they were produced for are published. The goal of the project, called DataBridge, is to expand the life cycle of so-called dark data, said Arcot Rajasekar, the lead principal investigator on the project and a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at Chapel Hill. It will serve as an archive for data sets and metadata, and will group them into clusters of information to make relevant data…
  • Web Platform Seeks to Give Students an Alternative to the ‘Wall of Text’

    Meg Bernhard
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:56 am
    It’s difficult to keep students engaged — and awake — when assigning them readings from long and often dull textbooks. Two researchers wanted to change that. Their creation is zyBooks, a web-based platform that mixes learning activities such as question sets and animations with some written content, largely as a replacement for text. The idea is that professors can use zyBooks instead of traditional textbooks in order to help students engage with the material and perform better. zyBooks was founded in 2012 by Frank Vahid, a computer-science professor at the University of California at…
  • New Model of ‘Smart Campus’? Carnegie Mellon to Embed Sensors Across Landscape

    Meg Bernhard
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    Imagine a world where you’re driving to campus, and before you get there, your car tells you to park in one lot because it already knows another is full. That could soon be the reality at Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers have teamed up with Google to place wireless sensors around the campus to connect everyday items with the web. The idea is to make life more convenient, and to provide useful data about the campus, said Anind K. Dey, the project’s lead investigator and an associate professor at the university’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. And it…
  • Professor Says Facebook Can Help Informal Learning

    Meg Bernhard
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Who says Facebook is always a distraction? A new study suggests that if engaged in online debate, college students can use the popular social network to learn and develop a variety of skills. In a paper released on Monday, Christine Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, argues that using informal social-media settings to carry on debates about science can help students refine their argumentative skills, increase their scientific literacy, and supplement learning in the classroom. Past studies have shown that informal settings, like conversations with…
  • Researchers Complain About Changes in Amazon Tool Used for Surveys

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    This week Amazon changed the terms for a service that has become a standard tool in social-science research, and many scholars are complaining that it will mean higher costs to conduct surveys. The service is called Mechanical Turk, and it is a marketplace that connects people on the Internet looking for paid piecework with anyone who has a small task and is willing to pay someone to do it. The concept is known as crowd-work, and many researchers have used it to pay strangers small amounts to take part in social-science surveys. Amazon announced on Monday that it would take a larger…
 
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  • How to Unleash Girls’ Natural Potential in STEM

    Bethany Imondi
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
      Green Works conducted an experiment. It didn’t happen in a laboratory or involve white lab coats or a rainbow of chemicals in test tubes. Instead, it happened in a library, involving a group of girls using crayons to draw on sheets of paper. The task: to draw scientists. The result: Nearly all of the girls drew men. We’ve all heard that women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but the experiment by Green Works, a Clorox brand, corroborates the conventional wisdom that women do not represent the face of these fields. In fact,…
  • AAUW’s 2015-16 Fellows and Grantees Will Change the World

    Renee Davidson
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Over the past century, AAUW’s fellowships and grants program has provided over $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects serving women and girls from 140 countries. Today, that legacy is continuing with the announcement of our 2015–16 AAUW fellows and grantees. For our 2015-16 class, AAUW awarded a total of 3.7 million in funding for individual women and community projects serving women and girls. A total of 241 awardees received one of AAUW’s six fellowships and grants: American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International…
  • NASA Pluto Mission Member Talks about How to Get More Women into STEM

    Lauren Byrnes
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    “No one expected any of this,” says AAUW American Fellow and NASA astrophysicist Kimberly Ennico-Smith. “It’s been electric working on a mission to a new world.” She’s talking about her role as deputy project scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission, the historic project responsible for capturing unprecedented photos of Pluto. “The last time we had a flyby of a new world was in August 1989 — I was a junior in high school!” says Ennico-Smith, who shared with AAUW how she went from clipping NASA-related newspaper articles in high school to becoming a part of a historic…
  • The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem

    Kathryn Bibler
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Black women were paid 64 percent of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2013. That means it takes the typical black woman nearly seven extra months to be paid what the average white man took home back on December 31. That’s even worse than the national pay gap for all women, 78 percent, as reported in AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. Think about how…
  • Thank You for Helping Us Build This Award-Winning Community

    Elizabeth Bolton
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you may have already won. A cheesy line we’ve all heard before, but this time it’s true. June and July were banner months for AAUW—not only did we wrap up a fabulous National Convention in San Diego, we were also honored by two major associations for our outstanding communications. And these awards would have never been possible without you, our readers, members, and supporters, and that makes you winners in our book. For the third year in a row, the AAUW blog was recognized for its excellence by the Association Media and Publishing, receiving…
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  • A Letter to the Resident Assistants

    Stacy Oliver
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Before you arrive here on Friday, I want you to take a few moments and think about what it means to be a member of a community. In particular, I want you to think about what it means to be a member of the community at Lake Forest College. Where do you fit into the community? What role do you play? And how will you help other students find their place? Students apply for the Resident Assistant position for myriad of reasons – the leadership skills gained, the opportunity to foster a community, the connections made across campus, the single room at a discounted rate. Our hope during the…
  • Back in the Kitchen

    Stacy Oliver
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    When I started this blog years and years ago, it was different. The student affairs blogging landscape wasn’t quite as cluttered as it is today. It was easy to carve out a place for yourself and use it how you wished. Back then, no one talked about branding or digital identity. We were a group of — dare I say it? — radical student affairs professionals, figuring out what it meant to exist in this digital space as a field. My blog content was different. I shared successful initiatives from my job in the hope that someone else may find them useful. It was far less of my…
  • When Lunch Ends

    Stacy Oliver
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    New student move-in falls on a Friday annually, and that’s the end of my department’s formal obligation to orientation. Every year, though, I find myself on campus on Saturday just before lunch. Lunch is the final hour for families and students to spend together. The parent portion of orientation ends at the conclusion of lunch, as orientation leaders shuffle students away to a ropes course. The timing is impeccably intentional. The physical activity and mental challenge takes students’ minds off of the fact that their parents are cruising down the highway in a now-empty minivan. If…
  • Every Experience Will Teach You Something

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Emily Yates is a student advisor at the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @Emryates. The path to my first job started out unexpectedly. I was at an end of year party hosted by one of our professors, and we were all talking about our bucket list items. I blurted out that I had always wanted to live overseas. I didn’t have any specific plans for where or when, but I was obsessed with travel and culture since an exchange program in high school. My assistantship was working with international students. I thought that I might do…
  • Failure is Instructive

    Stacy Oliver
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Ben Newhouse is the dean of students at Birmingham-Southern College. You can find him on Twitter at @BenJNewhouse.   “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” – John Dewey My first year as a professional within higher education was a humbling one, or as John Dewey might frame it, highly “instructive.” As I stepped into my entry-level role in Residential Life, I fully expected that I would achieve rock star status by Week 3…Week 4 tops. Before you dismiss my prior statement as misguided hubris (which…
 
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