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Why Doesn't Plagiarism Matter?

I remember the Biden law school incident. Not long after that, during the Clarence Thomas hearings, I remember reading that law school students were secretly photocopying homework assignments submitted by their arch enemies, in the hopes of one day using that information to torpedo a big political appointment. By choosing Joe Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama has insulted academics — students and teachers alike — a constituency that…

YouTube – Blender – 10 min crash course

I’m preparing to introduce a class of English majors to Blender3D. Many of the online tutorials I’ve found spend way too much time introducing the interface, which is of course worth some attention because it is non-standard, and in the days before YouTube, I remember being so confused by it that I gave up on Blender, only to come back again later when I found James Chronister’s awesome tutorial (sadly…

Ithakas 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education

From a recent study of university libraries. There’s plenty in this report on digital scholarship, print journals, and comparative approaches of the various disciplines. Neither faculty members nor librarians expect e-books to constitute a viable substitute for print books; they are more generally seen as complementary. Somewhat oddly given this low level of faculty interest in e-books, many librarians consider the provisioning of e-books an important role, and substantially more…

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We're Teaching Books That Don't Stack Up

Our provost sent this link to English faculty members this morning. One of my recent juniors was particularly eloquent on the subject. After having sat in my classroom for a year forcefully projecting his boredom, he started an e-mail dialogue with me over the summer. “The reason for studying fiction escapes me,” he wrote. “Why waste time thinking about fabricated situations when there are plenty of real situations that need…

Distracting Miss Daisy

Thanks for the link, Rosemary. From The Atlantic. Economists and ecologists sometimes speak of the “tragedy of the commons”–the way rational individual actions can collectively reduce the common good when resources are limited. How this applies to traffic safety may not be obvious. It’s easy to understand that although it pays the selfish herdsman to add one more sheep to common grazing land, the result may be overgrazing, and less…

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The Professor Has Turned on the No Texting Sign.

Mike Arnzen writes about the thinking behind his decision to revise his syllabus to include a statement on the use of electronic devices in class. In some ways, there’s no difference between a student texting and a student flipping through a magazine in the back row of a class, but there are times when we use technology to multitask and this is where the issue gets thorny and complex. What…

Reeves Library: Biblia Latina

If my old shoebox of Meego Star Trek action figures turns up, I’ll consider myself very happy. Seton Hill’s librarian, David Stanley, reports an even more significant historical find. From the Reeves Library blog. Kelly Addleman, our public services librarian, received an email from a researcher in Germany who has been making a survey of the illumination appearing in early bibles published by Anton Koberger. Well, it turns out that…