Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Leadership Award: Patricia Brown
Special Recognition Award: Barbara Hanniford
Crystal Marketing Award: Western Kentucky University for "Independent Learning 2008 Rebranding Initiative"
Marlow Froke Award: William D. Oberman and Elizabeth T. Hill for "Discovering the Paths to Building Social Capital: Complex Campus and Community Linkages in Continuing Higher Education"
Distinguished Program Award Credit: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for Reach Higher: Oklahoma's Adult Degree Completion Program
Distinguished Program Award Non-Credit: Austin Peay State University for Spanish in the Workplace for Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services
Creative Use of Technology Award: Kansas State University for Distance Learning Video Gallery
Older Adult Model Program: Ardmore Higher Education Center for Senior University
Outstanding Services to Underserved Population: Southern New Hampshire University for the SNHU Advantage Program
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Philosophers Against Bias
Many academic associations have policies barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Many of those same associations have job listing services that are used, in some cases, by religious institutions that require all hires to hold certain beliefs or follow certain rules, in some cases barring sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.
The American Philosophical Association has for several years been debating whether allowing such institutions to use its jobs services undercuts the group's anti-bias rules and effectively hurts its members who are gay; some philosophers have suggested that the association ban job notices from colleges that discriminate against gay people.
While the association has now rejected that move, it has decided on a new procedure that will flag all ads from employers that either volunteer that they discriminate or are determined to do so.
The new policy is being hailed by some philosophers as an important demonstration of the association's commitment to equity. But there may be a loophole in the policy -- and an association of Christian colleges is questioning the fairness of the new procedure.
Under the new system, the association's rules against bias will be posted on the page where colleges can add a job notice. When placing the notice, colleges will be asked to indicate whether their policies are consistent with the association's bans on various types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. Any colleges that does not indicate that it complies with the statement will be flagged for not doing so, so potential applicants will be aware of the issue. Further, the association will investigate any complaints about whether colleges that haven't been flagged are violating the policy, and if they are found in violation, they will also be flagged.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Second Life Advising Required by Penn State
Plenty of colleges have a presence in Second Life. Pennsylvania State University is taking that a step further. Academic advisers at the university’s online campus are now required to be available for meetings with students in the virtual world every week, a Penn State official said during last week’s Educause conference . . .
Students on the real campus get to chat with their advisers face to face. Now online students who never set foot there can do the “exact same thing,” says Shannon Ritter, social-networks adviser for the Penn State World Campus.
Almost the same thing, anyway. Second Life requires users to choose avatars, or graphical representations of themselves. So students who want to meet with Rachel Zimmerman will find themselves chatting with a character called RachelM Snoodle. Looking for Karen Lesch? The adviser goes by KarenM Magic. All advisers are required to cover at least two hours a week.
Ms. Ritter, whose job involves using emerging technologies to build community with online students, says there hasn’t really been any resistance to the requirement – just adjustment to a new technology.
“Second Life has been a completely new thing to almost all the advisers,” she says. “And so at the beginning they aren’t really sure how to do anything. But we schedule training sessions and work with them on the basics. And once they're in there, they really enjoy it."
Well, folks, you can thank spammers for having to use that pain-in-ass word verification every time you want to leave a comment. I've been deleting ridiculous comment spam for months, but it's just getting out of hand and taking up a lot of time. Who the hell are these spammers? I mean, what kind of business model uses spam as a marketing plan? Has it ever actually happened that someone notices spam in the comment section, is desperately curious about where this link might lead and actually clicked on it? EVER? Has this ever actually happened?
And if by chance you accidentally click it, who the hell is going to purchase something from them? Is their clever plot contingent upon ensnaring porn addicts who will lay down credit card numbers the minute they lay eyes on their lousy porno website? It all reminds me of when my computer was overtaken by a virus last year. No matter what I clicked after a Google search, it directed me to various idiotic ads. Gee, that really made me want to try their products. A helpful tip to up-and-coming businesses: forcibly taking customers to an advertiser against their will is not a good marketing strategy.
To all you spamming douche bags, this bird's for you.
Thomas Edison State College's National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning 2010 will be held June 9-11, 2010. I hate to take a cheap shot, but the English major in me is just too strong. The theme appears to be Future Visions, although it was listed on the save-the-date postcard I just got as Future Visons. I suppose it could be Future Bisons. I picture Buffalo wielding light sabers...
Fat Fees and Smoker Surcharges: Tough-Love Health Incentives
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
HRevolution is a premier HR 'Un-conference' event being held in Louisville, KY, on November 6- 7, 2009. The focus is on HR, social media, technology, and how the three interact. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in or sponsor this event.http://hrevolution.eventbrite.com/
The idea came from hearing HR professionals say that traditional conferences may not be addressing HR issues and social media in the way that bloggers do. So, we created this 1 1/2 day "experience," centrally located in Louisville, KY, where we can come together in a less structured setting. The goal is to share ideas and experiences so that each person leaves knowing more than they came with.
Some of the fun and informative topics that the HRevolution may explore:
*Blogging Basics - tools, platforms, getting started
*Advanced Blogging Topics - hosting, building an audience, promotion, aggregation
*Social Media in HR - building the case, learning the tools, planning the strategy, executing the plan, measuring the results
*New Technology you can use - Demo and discussion of some exciting new technologies for information sharing and collaboration, low-cost (some even free), low maintenance, and really cool
The $50 participation fee will help cover the cost of the conference rooms (and related fees), food, and tweetup. Because of our generous sponsors' support, this participant fee is much lower than originally anticipated. At the close of HRevolution, if there is any surplus of funds, we will be donating it to Junior Achievement KY. Junior Achievement works with students to help prepare them for success in the global economy.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Best Invention of the Year: NASA's Ares Rockets
The Tank-Bred Tuna
The $10 Million Lightbulb
The Smart Thermostat
The Telescope for Invisible Stars
The AIDS Vaccine
Tweeting by Thinking
The Electric Eye
The Mercury Probe
The Personal Carbon Footprint
The Solar Shingle
The Handheld Ultrasound
The Planetary Skin
The $20 Knee
A Watchdog for Financial Products
The Electric Microbe
The Bladeless Fan
The Custom Puppy
The Cyborg Beetle
The Biotech Stradivarius
The Nissan Leaf
The Universal Unicycle
The Living Wall
The School of One
The No-Punt Offense
The Human-Powered Vending Machine
The Handyman's X-Ray Vision
The Foldable Speaker
The Levitating Mouse
The Edible Race Car
The High-Speed Helicopter
The Sky King
The Smart Bullet
The Fashion Robot
The 3-D Camera
The Newest Cloud
The World's Fastest (Steam-Powered) Car
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I've listed the bottom 10 unhappiest states below. Conversely, the happiest are Utah and Hawaii. Hawaii, I can understand. Utah, not so much...
The Well-Being of 50 U.S. States LiveScience
40. Louisiana: 64.2
41. Michigan: 64.0
42. Tennessee: 64.0
43. Oklahoma: 64.0
44. Missouri: 63.8
45. Indiana: 63.3
46. Arkansas: 62.9
47. Ohio: 62.8
48. Mississippi: 61.9
49. Kentucky: 61.4
50. West Virginia: 61.2
U.S. Military to Debut Virtual School
When new assignments force members of the armed forces to move, it often means children need to switch schools. In some military families, children change schools multiple times during the course of their academic lives. The Department of Defense says that the disruptions can produce setbacks in students' schooling, but department officials are working to fix that: They're developing the military's first online virtual high school, to be open in time for the 2010-2011 school year.Zach Miners. Usnews.com.
The online curriculum is being developed in collaboration with experts at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas under a $6.2 million contract from the Department of Defense Education Activity program. The coursework is meant not to replace or compete with face-to-face schools but to supplement them.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
At least 66 football assistants, including more than two dozen in the Southeastern Conference, make $300,000 or more, and USA TODAY found that perks once reserved for head coaches are commonplace: multiyear and rollover deals, supplemental income from TV and radio, performance bonuses, retention bonuses, cars, complimentary tickets and country club memberships.
Tennessee's nine assistants earn an average of more than $369,000; Texas' better than $327,000.
By comparison, the American Association of University professors put last year's average salary for full professors at public doctoral universities at $115,509. Two years ago, the most recent period covered by the Chronicleof Higher Education's annual survey of presidents' compensation, median pay and benefits for CEOs at public research institutions was $427,400. Nearly one in 10 pulled down less than $300,000.
1. Homeless American Girl
2. A Child-Size SUV
3. Breast-Feeding Baby
4. Racist Golliwogs
5. Crazy for You Teddy Bear
6. Harry Potter and the Vibrating Broom
7. Terrorist Lego?
8. First Daughter Dolls
9. Airport Security Play Set
10. Barbie's Pregnant Friend
Top 10 Dubious Toys
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What Corporations Want from Education Partners – Selling Professional and Continuing Education
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Why We Look at Some Web Ads and Not Others
Then there was the result that most surprised the researchers: text-only ads received the most looks. Part of that might be our accidentally thinking text-only ads are part of the information we're looking for. But as Nielsen explains it, the nature of the Web itself might be coming into play as well. Unlike television, which is a passive medium, the Web is all about taking action — searching, clicking, registering, buying, downloading. It might be the case that as we're out there on the Internet, what we're attracted to is content that gets us to where we want to go.
Monday, November 9, 2009
UNI's faculty union formed in 1976, when professors clashed with administrators over issues such as tenure.
Instructors at the other two schools didn't follow UNI's lead because they saw unions as a threat to academic independence.
That could change if UNI faculty members avoid unpaid time off, said Arnold Van Der Valk, who heads ISU's faculty senate.
"That will prove the union means something," he said. "I feel that we have learned a real lesson from the Board of Regents in terms of how little power we have. They'd really made up their minds, I think, before anybody had a chance to comment."
Friday, November 6, 2009
« How to create a killer conference
At the start of 2009, 7% of business meetings scheduled for the year had already been canceled. As the year wore on, it seems as if things only got worse for the conference industry. Thanks, Great Recession!
Since I was invited to keynote at the conference, I found out first-hand:
- Provide killer content. This one-day event had 5 tracks with enough variety for everyone: Fundamentals, Strategy, Tactical, Trends and Technical tracks. Sessions tackled key issues such as legal problems in online marketing, diversity in the interactive industry, and job strategies for a sucky economy.
- Its members are fiercely loyal. Five years ago, MIMA had 200 members. Two years ago, it had 700. Now it has 1,200. By focusing on a long-term loyalty strategy of membership growth, plus great content, attending the annual conference was a no-brainer for many members.
- Technology was everywhere. MIMA set up home bases on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube. They live-streamed the conference over the web. They created an iPhone app for attendees to browse the schedule and manage their conference experience. They encouraged attendees to download Bump, an iPhone app that allows people to exchange contact info by "bumping" their phones together.
- Best customer service ever. Whacked out customer service isn't usually part of most conferences, but it was here. Masseuses gave neck massages in the speaker green room and in the press room. A hospitality station offered laptop and phone charging. There was hand sanitizer galore to combat H1N1 flu fears. There were private breast pump rooms for moms. My favorite: Snuggies for those who were too cold (why are conferences forever freezing cold?)
- An event coordinator brimming with imagination. MIMA smartly put Jennifer Kane from Kane Consulting in charge of event management. Brimming with energy. Always smiling, even under stress. Always focused on the attendee's experience. It was her idea to do the hospitality station. The conference was managed like a fun, bustling restaurant with great service. There was even an official MIMA cupcake in conference bags.
- They were bold. In tough times, it's tempting to be conservative. Bare-bones everything. MIMA wasn't. It secured Seth Godin as the luncheon keynote speaker to drive attendance. They were right. The conference sold out 2 weeks before it happened.
- Humor. Maybe it's Minnesota, but humor was rich in its abundance at the conference. Weeks earlier, MIMA showed how by using the Seth Godin action figure to create a YouTube video called "Little Seth Godin at the Minnesota State Fair." In it, Little Seth gets rolled into a lefse. (It's a Scandinavian Minnesota thing.)
- Absolutely nutty creative. I asked Jen Kane if a TV would be at the reception party on Sunday, the night before the event, because my Steelers were playing the Chargers. (Yeah, I'm a fanatic.) Sure enough, they had a TV and, to my utter shock, they assembled a "Steelers lounge" just for me. They called it Jackie's Joint, and it came with VIP Reserved Chair, popcorn machine, gold pom poms and large screen TV. It was sick, and I loved it. (More pics here.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We’ve blogged about proposals to save ailing print newspapers. Despite shrinking circulation and falling ad revenue, Daniel Gross doesn’t think print news is doing so badly. In a Slate column, he points out that “Every month, several million Americans pay to have newspapers and magazines delivered to their homes — a trick most online publications have yet to pull off.” Jason Kottke compares print newspapers’ sales strategy to Apple’s iPhone and Mac sales: “they have less market share but they make more money on each sale than their competitors by offering a premium product.” (7)
Median Salaries of College Administrators By Job Category And Type of Institution, 2008-9
Dean, Continuing Education
Associate/assistant dean, continuing education
Director, continuing education
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
As a member of the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners, I'd appreciate your help!
We're looking for great programs to recognize for our 2010 Commission Awards, which recognize:
Outstanding Commuter Program
Outstanding Adult Learner Program
Commuter/Adult Learner Perspective by a Student Development
Commuter/Adult Learner Perspective by a Student Graduate Student Research
In the past, our awards have highlighted innovative and creative approaches to addressing commuter and adult student learner needs from colleagues whose work primarily lies in Student Activities - namely you! We'd appreciate your help in nominating someone and/or some program that deserves recognition! Please see attached for Awards descriptions.
To nominate, you can use the attached form and email/fax back to me or you can nominate online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=iyr8Wolki81vv1jUm90brQ_3d_3d
Don't delay - nominations are due November 6, 2009!
Thanks for your help and involvement with the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners!
Chair Elect, Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Report explains booze in East TN school building, not porn
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn — An internal report by Sullivan County schools officials explains where whiskey taken from a school system warehouse came from. Still a mystery is where pornography originated.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office issued a theft report on Oct. 21, stating a break-in earlier that date at the building in Blountville resulted in the theft of a computer, two cameras, eight pornographic DVDs and two bottles of whiskey.
The Kingsport Times-News reported an internal investigation, released Thursday by school system attorney Pat Hull, stated the whiskey was given as a gift by a textbook sales representative, was unopened and was stored in a locked cabinet.
The school board's report found no connection between any employees and pornography.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Non-Traditional Student Week
ANTSHE is proud to announce its annual nationwide celebration of Non-traditional Students in Higher Education. Institutions and members are encouraged to plan events to recognize the non-traditional students on their campus, as well as highlight efforts that improved their adult student environment.
ANTSHE is the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education http://www.antshe.org/
Some are there because of the recession, and others despite it. Regardless, more young Americans than ever are in college — especially community college, according to a new report.
A record high of about 11.5 million Americans age 18 to 24, or nearly 40%, attended college in October 2008, according to a study of Census data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Virtually all the increase of 300,000 students over the previous year came at two-year schools, while attendance at four-year schools
Community colleges almost certainly saw attendance go up at least that much again this year, though final figures are not yet available. The American Association of Community Colleges reports growth rates of 10% and higher have been common this fall on many campuses.
Overall college attendance has been going up for about 30 years; what's new is the sharp uptick at community colleges, driven in large part by recessionary bargain hunting and closer ties between two- and four-year colleges that give students more confidence they'll be able to transfer.
"It's not just middle-aged people coming back to school and very poor people any more," said Mike Grace, 24, a student at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., who plans to transfer to nearby North Carolina State next spring. "I'm seeing what I would consider to be relatively rich kids coming to school."