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It's not the end of the world, as we know it

I put quite a few Christmas gifts on my credit card, just in case.  By Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy, and Slate.

Maya Apocalypse 2012: Doomsday end-of-the-world prophecies are nonsense.

If you’re still worried, ask yourself this: if the Maya could predict the end of the world 1,000 years in advance, why couldn’t they see the pending collapse of their own civilization?  When Saturday comes, and I can finally put a big X through Dec. 21 on my calendar, I will breathe a hearty sigh of relief. But my next breath will be a deep one, to prepare for the next bit of apocalyptic nonsense to come down the road. Because just as surely as this doomsday is nonsense, another will be along to replace it soon enough. I don't know what it'll be exactly, but I can be pretty sure it will be just as wrong as this one.  And I'll have to write about it. The funny thing about the end of world: For skeptics, it's actually job security.

God help me, I do love top ten lists

The president of Wellesley College explains why

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The college is moving online.  From The Huffington Post.

H. Kim Bottomly: Online Education: WellesleyX, a Grand Experiment

But edX offers us something more, another way to bring about an even better educational experience. Students online will be tracked, and their progress studied, allowing us to learn which pedagogical approaches are most effective, and which don't work. Through data collection, we will be able to link individual learning to our syllabi, content delivery, and interactive tools, and clearly assess the effectiveness of each.  In addition, edX provides other exciting opportunities. For Wellesley College, the opportunity to provide access to Wellesley professors for many around the world -- especially women -- who would not otherwise have that opportunity, is consistent with our values. We imagine women in Saudi Arabia taking WellesleyX courses without having to leave their homes, or women in our own country taking a Wellesley course while juggling jobs and raising c…

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2013 Council for Accelerated Programs Conference
Navigating Acceleration:  Use Assessment and Best Practices as your Compass!
Pre-Conference Events:  July 30th
Main Conference: July 31 - August 1st Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center Metropolitan State University of Denver

For more information, visit Here.

Call for Proposals

It’s Not Business as Usual!
The Tennessee Adult Learner Conference:  2013 Hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the University of Tennessee System February 14 & 15, 2013 * Middle Tennessee State University* Murfreesboro, TN Call for Presentation Proposals Submission Instructions Deadline for submissions is January 18, 2013 Conference Overview: The theme for the 2013 Tennessee Adult Learner Conference is “It’s Not Business as Usual”.  Change is inevitable in all sectors of life and higher education is not exempt from change.  In fact, higher education across the nation, and in particular, in Tennessee is changing rapidly.  Factors influencing change include, but by no means are limited to:  The complete college movement, changing demographics, the new public higher education funding formula, MOOCs, technology, a continued scarcity of resources, the economy, the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, Prior Learning Assessments, lifelong learning, a…

School and technology

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Maureen Downey has a great column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Get Schooled. This appeared recently, and I was struck by words of Professor Huett.

Digital natives: Are schools foreign to them?
Technology guru and University of West Georgia professor Jason B. Huett said a frontier teacher from a century ago popped into today’s modern era would be agape at the changes she saw every place but one — the classroom.  “When she walked into a school, she would immediately know what this is, and she could pretty much swap her prairie dress for a pants suit and go right to work,” said Huett, West Georgia’s associate dean of online development and USG eCore, a multi-institution collaborative where college students can take classes online.  Huett is among the those urging schools to use technology to make schools more relevant, accessible and flexible and less like a prison sentence.
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ETSU offers Renaissance Child Winter Enrichment Program

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East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development is offering a Renaissance Child Winter Enrichment Program, Jan. 3, 4 and 7, 2013.

This creative experience provides activities for children ages 6-12. The schedule includes storytelling, arts and crafts, and safe science experiments.

The program operates from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the ETSU campus and costs $50 per day, with discounts for those attending two or three days. Each child should bring a bag lunch and wear “paint-friendly” clothing.

Space is limited, and while substitutions are allowed, there are no refunds.

To register, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084 or go to Renaissance Child. For more information, contact Angela McFall, program coordinator, at the same phone number or mcfalla@etsu.edu.

Tales of the non-traditional

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More news about graduation and adult and continuing education students. From The New York Times.

80-Year-Old Graduate of W.G.U. Texas Kept His Promise

Robert Titus likes to make jokes. Discussing his recently earned bachelor’s degree in marketing management, the 80-year-old said, “I wanted to get it while I was young, so I can start off on a good career.”   But Mr. Titus has no illusions about getting hired, and he is just fine with that. After more than a decade of retirement, he is happier than ever. So why pursue the degree?  “I promised my mother many, many years ago that I would get my degree,” said Mr. Titus, a former salesman who lives in Houston. “To me, it was a major, big, big, huge accomplishment.”  By a wide margin, Mr. Titus was the oldest member of the inaugural graduating class from W.G.U. Texas, a nonprofit online university created in 2011 with an executive order by Gov. Rick Perry.

Infographic Friday

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ETSU to assist those wishing to begin or complete graduate degrees

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East Tennessee State University will offer assistance to those desiring to begin work on a graduate degree or those needing to write a thesis or dissertation to complete a degree.

A Graduate Record Examination Test Preparation Workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, in an all-day session for prospective graduate school applicants.

Sponsored by the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and the School of Continuing Studies and Outreach, the program has a registration fee of $55, which includes coffee and a continental breakfast, lunch as well as five hours of instruction on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing measures of the GRE. In addition, participants will take three 30-minute practice tests and receive the scores for the tests, along with advice on improving those scores.

The online link for registration is Test Prep.

Those who have nearly completed a graduate degree are invited to attend the ETSU Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. The four-session “c…
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Just how cool is today's date?

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Will Oremus and Slate answer.

12/12/12: Where does it rank among the all-time coolest dates?
At this point you’re probably wondering, just how cool is 12/12/12? Is it even in the top 50? If we celebrate today, does that commit us to an increasingly dreary procession of semi-cool-date celebrations in the years to come? At what point does cool-date fatigue set in?  On that last point, at least, you can rest assured: Today is the last repeating-number date of the 21st Century, even going by the cheaty two-digit-year format. Still, if we’re to avoid cool-date inflation, it’s essential that we some lay down definitive rankings. Herewith, the all-time top 10 coolest dates, according to universally agreed-upon standards of coolness such as roundness, symmetry, and coincidence with numbers of mathematical significance.1/1/11/2/34511/11/11111/1/10003/14/15926/6/6669/9/9995/4/3212/7/18286/23/1023

Florida community colleges challenged to offer $10,000 degrees

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Bachelor's degrees, that is.  From The Miami Herald.

Gov. Scott challenges community colleges to offer $10,000 degrees
Scott’s proposal: offering discounted bachelor’s degree programs, priced at $10,000 or less for in-state residents.   The governor’s $10,000 degree push is for now voluntary, but seven of Florida’s 28 community colleges have pledged to take part, including Broward College.   The $10,000 figure would cover the cost of tuition for all four years of college, though it may not include other costs such as textbooks.   “This $10,000 degree challenge will undoubtedly jump-start the dreams of many Floridians,” Scott said in a statement released by his office.   Broward College Provost Linda Howdyshell said the school is looking into offering $10,000 degrees in three areas: information technology, supervision and management, and transportation and logistics. With so many details still to be worked out, Howdyshell said it would be difficult to launch the initiative by fall o…

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2013 GAEA Annual ConferenceMarch 11-12, 2013The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens - For information on The Lodge & Spa, click here.  Register by January 31, 2013 to receive the Early Bird conference rate of $199 (available to members only). Special Offer: send two of your staff and the third attends FREE. Regular conference rate - $269; Non-Member rate - $299.
REGISTER NOW!

A limited number of scholarships are available.
Topics will include:
Preparing Program Goals & Objectives Revamping Your Programs to Succeed Strategies for Designing Real Revenue Generating Programs Managing Stress During Program Development Effective Programming: Determining What Your Community Wants Examining New Trends in Continuing Education Keynote speakers include Dr. Earl Suttle and Mr. Henry Carter. Watch as Dr. Suttle inspires others in this short video.
Make your room reservations now! The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

Now accepting: Presentation Proposals, 2013 Award Nomin…

The Urban Dictionary Word of the Day

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Seagull Management:  The seagull manager flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, then flies off again leaving a big mess behind.

How to annoy a millennial

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Infographic Friday

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God help me, I do love top ten lists

Save the date

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Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education
45th Annual Conference
November 13-15, 2013
The Hilton Memphis

Feedback

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Is vital. . . and not just on evaluation day.  What is good feedback?  Paul Shread, in Time, explains below. So what are the characteristics of effective feedback? For starters, it should be frequent, say once a week. And make it short, focused and immediate, so no one’s left wondering how you feel about something that happened.If you must deliver criticism, sandwich it between two compliments so your employees realize that you recognize their value. Keep feedback focused on actions, not emotions. Specific directions or suggestions to help employees improve or figure out what to do next are most helpful. And remember one maxim: Praise in public, but critique in private. Everyone wants to be praised in front of their peers, while constructive criticism should be delivered privately.

Memphis is number five

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Yes, Memphis.  A lot of these are in Texas and Oklahoma. A slide show from CBS News.

Top 10 most affordable cities in the U.S.

5. Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis is home to Elvis Presley's famous Graceland estate and the historic Sun Studio, where music legends such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded some of their most popular hits. The city remains a haven for music lovers. Home values are reasonable, with a median home sale price of $73,700, according to Trulia.com.
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East Tennessee State University’s Honors College and Office of Professional Development is offering online language-learning courses available in 25 languages through Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of technology-based, language-learning solutions. From Dec. 1-20, anyone who registers for ETSU’s Rosetta Stone instruction will pay the traditional fee of $60 for two months and receive a third month free. Users pursue independent study, available at all proficiency levels, in the language of their choice. Among the most popular of the 25 languages available are Italian, English, Japanese, Latin, French, Spanish and Greek. This non-credit professional development instruction is available to the community and does not require formal admission to ETSU. For more information, contact Angela McFall of the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878, or register online at https://etsuaw.etsu.edu.
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