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Summer Institute

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Next week, our university will be hosting the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL). This is a three and a half day workshop for Western faculty. Part of the time is spent in plenary sessions with a guest facilitator. This year, our facilitator is Donna Llewellyn, Director of Georgia […]

A few short notes

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

I had to update our 30 year high school reunion site tonight (by the way, we went with MyEvent.com), the latest in my many excuses for not posting more.  Here are some tidbits:

The military site formerly known as The Officers’ Club is now called Op For.  Still a great site for all things military.
Over at […]

End of Semester Report

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The semester ended last Friday with exams. I am through with classes for another year.
It wasn’t my best semester.
My Theory of Computation class went off pretty well. It was a smaller than usual group, which allowed for a great deal of interaction. I lectured for the most part (as usual), but there […]

The three letters that are stifling academic innovation

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

M, W, and F.
I had a sort of epiphany this semester. Modern higher education is premised on the idea that every academic topic can be fit into a three hour teaching box once a week for 15 weeks (or 10 in a quarter system). This has two significant results:

It assumes that all […]

Love and Passion in the Classroom

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

No, not that kind. Bear with me.
The Carnival of Education is up over at The Education Wonks. EdWonk does his usual superb job. I’ve visited a number of the entries mentioned in this week’s carnival, including MathAndText’s description of a humorous exchange concerning the spelling of checkup.
My title above refers to an entry […]

University Academic Experience

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Believe it or not, we had our first Freshman orientation today. It’s smaller than the ones that take place in June, and it’s only one day, whereas the others will be two-day events. This one is designed generally for kids who are closer by (say within 50 miles or so), although I met […]

The Entitlement Generation: “I’m only paying for the cheese sandwich!”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

It was an interesting story at the Get Schooled! blog over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A school has a unique approach to detention: it doesn’t hold detention after school, “because parents will often try to get a child excused from an afternoon detention because of a legitimate or bogus scheduling problem” (that by itself […]

Question of the Day

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

What is the purpose of college?  And I think it has to be more than just “educate students” or “encourage student learning.”  Those kinds of answers are really just begging the question, and they don’t distinguish college from, say, high school.
I really want to know.

A good day in Math 101

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

I haven’t blogged much about my experiences with my liberal studies math class. Mostly because it’s been a less than satisfying experience. I don’t feel like I’ve really “clicked” with most of the students at all. I could write all about it, but I’m afraid it would come off sounding like whining […]

Meanwhile, over at the “No Free Lunch” Counter

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Thought that government-funded college education would open more doors for you? Thought you were broadening your horizons?
Think again:
The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) has proposed recovering part of the cost of study from highly-educated women who decide not to seek paid work.
MP Sharon Dijksma, deputy chairperson of the PvdA’s parliamentary party, believes the punitive measure […]

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