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Weekend Reading: Snow is Gone Edition

13018821955_93f93233af_bThough many of you have been enjoying spring for awhile now, here in New England the snow is just now (mostly) melted, though a few of the storeys-tall piles will be around for awhile yet. In celebration of warmer weather, I’ve compiled a list of aspirational readings for your weekend enjoyment or edification:

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Open Thread Wednesday: the Cloud

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The Cloud is where it’s at. This is probably not news to anyone who reads ProfHacker. We’ve talked about cloud storage for years: Dropbox, Spider Oak, Google Drive, and Copy. There are also other options like Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Now Amazon is upping the ante. Amazon Prime membership ($99 or $49 for students) already includes unlimited photo storage and an additional 5GB for video and files.  Now, for an additional $60 a year, Amazon Cloud Drive is offering “Unlimited Everyt…

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Weekend Reading: Out Like a Lamb (?) Edition

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As March draws to a close, maybe you are back from your break. Maybe, you are still gearing up. Wherever you are in your academic term, we hope that the allergy gods smile, or that it finally stops snowing. Or both.

From The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a story about Trinity College in Washington D. C.: ”How an Elite Women’s College Lost Its Base and Found Its Mission.” And earlier this week, coverage of Sweet Briar continued with “Scenes from the Death of a College” and “Sweet Briar Alumnae Outline…

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From the Archives: Mid-Semester

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Because academic calendars vary so widely, some readers are coming back from spring break now, while others are enjoying a few days away from regular schedules. Some readers are wrapping up winter quarters or have started spring terms; others are somewhere in the middle of a spring semester.

The middle of an academic term can be a tricky time: the first flush of student and instructor enthusiasm for a particular topic or course may have waned a little. Students are feeling the burden of multipl…

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Weekend Reading: Bring on the Madness Edition

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It’s Friday, ProfHackers–we’ve made it through another week. Do you have a bracket? Is it busted? Already?

I came across a post this week titled “A Parents’ Guide to All That Ed Tech in the Classroom: What to ask when your school says the iPads are coming.” Obviously intended for parents, this post is actually a helpful starting point for anyone who is considering incorporating more technology into an educational environment, whether parent, student, faculty member or administrator.

From Salo…

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Weekend Reading: Blasted Daylight Savings Edition

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Welcome to the weekend, ProfHackers! I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems to me like every year, adjusting to Daylight Savings is more difficult. But we’ve made it through the week, and some of us are enjoying Spring Break or have started to count down the days.

If the news about Sweet Briar wasn’t disturbing enough last week, The Atlantic published an article about “The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors” Spoiler alert: “Unfortunate” is an understatement. Meanwhile, Insid…

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Weekend Reading: In Like a Lion Edition

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Welcome to the weekend, ProfHackers.

The higher ed landscape was rocked this week with the news of the imminent closure of Sweet Briar College. Inside Higher Ed broke the news on Tuesday afternoon. In the aftermath of the announcement, many questions are being askedThe Christian Science Monitor asks, “Are Women’s Colleges Still Relevant?” (Disclosure, I teach at a women’s college, so for me the answer is a resounding YES). Bloomberg View asserts that Sweet Briar is closing “the right way.” In…

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Weekend Reading: #thedress edition

Happy Friday ProfHackers! The above picture not The Dress, but it is A dress, and I couldn’t resist the shot. If you haven’t seen the dress, click the previous link. Or go to Facebook. Or Twitter. Or pretty much anywhere else online. And then, if you care why no one can agree on the colors, check out this piece on WiredThe Atlantic posted a piece that uses #thedress as a stepping stone to think about attention policing.

And in case you missed it, there was llama drama in AZ. The Twittersphere…

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Open Thread Wednesday!

Each Wednesday, ProfHacker hosts an open thread discussion. Sometimes a specific topic is announced, and sometimes the discussion is completely open. Please remember to abide by our commenting and community guidelines. Thanks!

Hey, it’s Wednesday! I think you know what that means. It’s time for an open thread!

What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and work…

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Weekend Reading: Deep Freeze Edition

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Where ever you are, ProfHackers, we hope you are staying warm! Record snow and cold temperatures have blanketed much of the U.S. Boston, as fellow ProfHacker Ryan Cordell can attest, is having a “Winter From Hell.” And yet, it could be worse: we could be in eastern Canada, where the snow is high enough in places to bury cars and houses completely.

Oklahoma state legislators are currently considering a bill that would bar state funds from being used for Advanced Placement History courses. Acco…