Category Archives: Commentary

Please Turn Off the Cell Phone When Driving

The New York Times has a fairly comprehensive article on the research showing that driving while phoning is pretty darn dangerous. How dangerous? It’s as bad as driving drunk…literally. You’re about 4 times more likely to cause an accident while … Continue reading

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Symposium Quest – Part 3

In reference to the 2009 Symposium Quest (part 3) This game has two options – one of which is a radical educational idea. Last week, I wrote about giving out mathematical formulas as rewards for completing a task (homework), and … Continue reading

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A Random Complicated Week

It’s Friday afternoon, so it must be time for a blog entry. But what to write? It looks like it will be a general observation that life is complex. This week was busy and “diverse”. I attended two accessibility committee … Continue reading

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Lifelong Learning or Lifelong Research?

Recently a colleague challenged us to do a diagram or concept map of our own PLE in the Learning Design Hub. OK…but what is a PLE? It’s a Personal Learning Environment, which I’m interpreting as what tools users are using … Continue reading

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Disclosing Setbacks: A Serious Commitmment to Transparency

I think we all know that ANGEL had a minor meltdown during finals week. Although it was an unfortunate situation, I have to say I was impressed with the relative openness of how it was handled. The ANGEL Help team … Continue reading

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Yes I played with Spriograph

Based on the last post on the Facebook Friends network diagram, someone asked if I had played with Spirograph. The answer is yes of course – but now I’m grown up. So I stitch Jean Hilton designs instead. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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Checking my Junk Mail Box

My current e-mail has semi-decent junk filtering, but alas sometimes it’s TOO good. So now I have a new chore…checking the junk box once a week for real messages. Today when I was checking it, I found at least two … Continue reading

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“The Season of Cheating”

Our senior director John Harwood pointed out that three top schools have had to expel multiple students for cheating on their final exams. He called this spring “the season of cheating”. The scandals at the Duke University Fuqua School of … Continue reading

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My Favorite Web 2.0 Services (For the Introvert)

As a dedicated introvert, I sometime find a lot of Web 2.0 tools overwhelming (i.e. a low signal to noise ratio). I have to confess I’ve yet to bond with del.icio.us, Twitter or Flickr. For one thing, I’ve gotten bored … Continue reading

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Is Dreamweaver Dead?

I would say yes and no. Right now, it is possible for a casual user to go to certain blog sites or “friending” sites (i.e. My Space/Facebook) and create and edit a robust site. This is a good development for … Continue reading

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