Archive for June, 2009

Dialing in and Nodding off: Virtual meetings get a B-

2009 Jun 26
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These days, everyone’s looking to cut costs and work smarter. Unfortunately, this has led to a near epidemic of mediocre meetings. That’s the conclusion of a new study on the advantages, costs, and pitfalls of telemeetings conducted via phone, video or web. Based on a survey of more than 1,200 staff members working at public-interest [...]

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Just for fun:Wordle

2009 Jun 24
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Think your website is a work of art? Well, Wordle can make that a reality. “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. [...]

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Dive in and explore the social media “coral reef”

2009 Jun 23
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Late last week Masha Alexander and I were at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. Among other cool stuff, I had the chance to hold a hefty Aplysia californica – a.k.a. a common sea slug. Aplysia are bred in quantity at Rosenstiel because their neurons are large and [...]

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Lumina Foundation Report Reveals Path to Global Leadership

2009 Jun 18
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According to a new report from Lumina Foundation for Education, “A Stronger Nation through Education,” returning to a position of global leadership will require the US to increase the proportion of Americans who hold high quality two- and four-year degrees. A  recent Houston Chronicle article includes further commentary from Jamie Merisotis, president of the foundation, [...]

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Is Online Sharing a Sign of “New Socialism?”

2009 Jun 18
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Wired Magazine’s new-ideas issue is great fun, including the cover articles, “Detroit Re-imagined” and “Googlenomics Explained.” But the most fun may be “Socialism Redefined,” which turns socialism (to some a dirty word) inside out— and predicts a “globalist collectivist society.” (This is only partly serious. Notice in the historical timeline feature, Linux 10 is jokingly [...]

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A New “Great Thing” at UDM

2009 Jun 18
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University of Detroit Mercy, a longtime Lipman Hearne client, has launched a new online experience aimed at engaging rising high school juniors. Driven to the special site through emails and postcards, these juniors (soon to be seniors) can explore UDM’s teaching, and residential and student life by clicking on photographic hot spots. Fun and sometimes [...]

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AEI Reports Dismal Completion Rates at Colleges and Universities

2009 Jun 3
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Lipman Hearne client American Enterprise Institute (AEI) made headlines today with the release of its report Diplomas and Dropouts: Which Colleges Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don’t).  The report exposes the dramatic variation in completion rates across nearly 1,400 colleges and universities and found that less than 55 percent of first-time students at the [...]

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Don’t panic – a college education still a best bet

2009 Jun 1
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A recent posting on The Chronicle of Higher Education blogsite worries, “Is it possible that higher education might be the next bubble to burst (pdf)?”  Now, I’ve never been one to denigrate hyperbole – believing it, in fact, to be the most outstanding rhetorical device that has ever been employed!!! – but this strikes me [...]

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