Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teach Parents Tech

This is great! How to do all the simple and little things on your computer!

Teach Parents Tech

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

What's Next?

Two great presentations here. The first is on Internet Trends, developed by Morgan Stanley Research,


Here's the link.....


The second is on Teaching and Learning in a Networked Age, by Alec Couros, who I saw and heard at the NW Elearning Conference.


Both of these underscore why we need to keep on pushing our colleagues, our institutions, our methods and practices to catch up to where our students are, and where they will be going.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Why Open is Important

From the University of Michigan. There's a strong argument for pricing something at next to nothing when the marginal cost of producing and distributing is zero.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Attention Span, Ignorance and Outrage

Seth Godin and Mark Morford seem to be on the same page here.

And, Maureen Dowd is with them.

Maybe it is time to do some reflective reading, talking, writing and listening.

Friday, September 10, 2010

So, what are you reading?

So, what books are you currently reading? The break brought a number of books to my nightstand. I've got a habit of starting one and leaving it for a while, as another one grabs my attention. Here are a few recently completed or with active bookmarks.

Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart. Comic novel about post-Soviet Russia, New York, and love.

The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. Epic history of the Dust Bowl in the United States during the 30's. Our country has a long history of environmental disasters, and this was probably the worst, so far.

Spade and Archer - The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Great hard-boiled detective novel that introduces Sam Spade, before he encounters 'the stuff that dreams are made of.'

Round The World on a Wheel - John Foster Fraser. Three Brits circumnavigate the globe on their bicycles at the close of the 19th Century. Adventure and hilarity ensue.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How to Beat Presentation Panic

Ever have a techno failure during a presentation? Of course, you have! Here's how Steve Jobs handles those invariable glitches.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Open Course Movement

Not many posts recently, probably because I've been focused elsewhere with an overloaded schedule, multiple demands on my limited resources, etc. But, here are a few links on the Open Course Movement, including the Open Course Library project, that are worth saving..

First is the Good Magazine's Guide to Innovative Education. In that set of articles, they point to Academic Earth, which provides access to online courses, course materials, and degrees.

The Khan Academy provides short video lectures on a variety of topics, mostly focusing on math and sciences.

While we're at it, here's the Open Course Library Ning Site and the Open Course Library Wiki, the state of Washington's project to develop a set of courses for the world!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Higher Education in the 21st Century

Two news articles described the conditions for university students in the face of budget cuts.

The first is from the Seattle Times, discussing class sizes for popular courses.


The second, and longer piece, is from NPR describing conditions at the once-prestigious Univesity of California, and the impact caused that the reductions in public funding.


While we are not exempt from funding problems, community colleges remain a bargain and a source of high-quality instruction, especially when compared with these stories.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Some may think that I am overemphasizing grammar, spelling, and punctuation, that is, the basic elements of writing, in my assessment of your discussion board posts. I don't think that I can overemphasize how important writing is. Writing is how you will communicate with your employer, with your customers, with your peers. Good, clear writing requires good, clear thinking and attention to detail. Your writing will be one of the key elements that defines you in the marketplace for jobs, promotions, and other opportunities.

But, don't take my word for it. Watch this video from Tom Peters....