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Monday, April 30, 2012

EduDemic: 30 Ways Colleges Are Using Google+ Right Now and MORE!


Posted: 24 Apr 2012 12:02 PM PDT
The rumored Google Drive is here and ready for use. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to enable it so you can start doing offline editing of Google Docs and more!

Posted: 24 Apr 2012 10:24 AM PDT
If you’re like us, you love the iPad and want to deploy it throughout education. But up until now, there hasn’t really been a handy and easy-to-read guidebook for the basics of iPads in education. So we made one.

Posted: 24 Apr 2012 07:00 AM PDT
Social media resources like Google Plus offer a great opportunity for growth in education through collaborative work, communication, and camaraderie. Many of today’s universities have recognized this incredible potential, and have put G+ to work on campus.

Posted: 24 Apr 2012 05:45 AM PDT
Owing to the present difficult economic situation, financial literacy has turned out to be one of the hottest topics of discussion in the media. Being economically savvy is extremely important for making the type of smart money decisions, that’s essential for having a good standard of living.


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: White House Promotes Entrepreneurship Focus for HBCUs and MSIs

April 17, 2012
by Charles Dervarics

With employment still lagging in many U.S. regions, the White House brought together minority-serving colleges and top small business experts on Monday to explore the role of historically Black colleges and MSIs in supporting entrepreneurship among current and future students.

“These are institutions that have a great opportunity to prepare a new generation of entrepreneurs and, in the process, to leave no community behind,” said Marie Johns, deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the White House Forum on Entrepreneurship for HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions.

Historically Black colleges are a key site for small business outreach, she said, as these campuses house at least 17 small business centers.

“We want to help institutions ensure they have the infrastructure to get more young people to think about entrepreneurship as a legitimate and important career choice as any of the more traditional careers,” Johns said. “There is latent entrepreneurial talent out there.”

One leader on the subject is Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, which hosted an event in Charlotte in November as part of SBA’s Young Entrepreneur Series, she said. Johnson C. Smith’s entrepreneurship center and think tank has led to the development of dozens of new businesses, from salons to marketing companies.

Another HBCU active in entrepreneurship is Rust College in Mississippi, which has established a strong small business education curriculum, said Cassius Butts, Region 4 administrator for SBA. He also praised Shaw University in North Carolina for an entrepreneurship education program focused on financial industries.

Thanks in part to alumnus Deborah Thomas, Alabama State University is another HBCU with an annual conference on entrepreneurship. Thomas, who founded Data Solutions and Technology, Inc., told White House attendees that the university’s annual meeting is “fostering creativity and opportunity” on a topic – small business ownership – that is increasingly important to students of color.

The White House meeting included panel presentations from Obama administration officials and leaders from the African-American and Hispanic communities. Other presenters at the meeting included Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College; Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chamber; and Luis Borunda, president of Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education.

Entrepreneurship education is part of the Obama administration’s ‘cradle-to-career’ education agenda that stretches from early childhood education to college access and completion, said Debra Saunders-White, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs and former vice president of technology at Hampton University.

Such education programs also support the president’s 2020 goal for the U.S. to lead the world in college graduates. “The demand for an educated workforce will accelerate in 2012 and beyond,” Saunders-White said, and small businesses will account for much of the job growth over the next decade.

But role models are just as important as entrepreneurship education programs to attract students of color to small business careers, according to dt ogilvie, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University.

At Rutgers, students of color had only ogilvie as a role model until the university made a strong effort to recruit more minority business faculty, she said at the forum.

By hiring more faculty of color, however, Rutgers built greater interest among students of color in the concept of developing and owning a small business.

The SBA also outlined a series of resources for young entrepreneurs. The agency’s website includes mobile applications on issues important to young entrepreneurs, while information about environmentally-friendly business opportunities is available at In addition, the agency is partnering with the National Urban League on a series of small business forums across the nation aimed at urban youth and young adults.

For more information, visit the SBA’s web site at


TLT Group - If It Ain't Broke, Improve It!

Tenth issue, Volume five

TLT Group TGIF 5.1.2012               
From TLT Group World Headquarters
Steve Gilbert recently revisited a piece from 2004, "If it Ain't Broke, Improve it: Thoughts on Engaging Education for Us All"*. Here's an excerpt we thought might interest you:
"...Our colleges are not broken. Our faculty members and other academic professionals are not failures. tools and media are making it possible... to provide education that is much more than a delivery system for all those who deserve more....  The most important challenge facing higher education today is not technological, not political, not managerial, and not financial, although those are all important factors. The biggest, most important challenge is educational. Lifelong learning isn't only for "them." It is for all of us; and lifelong professional development is an important part of it, for now and for the foreseeable future. All of us involved in higher education need to use the wisdom, knowledge, and skills that we have as educators to design and implement educational responses to these new educational challenges..."
*"If it Ain't Broke, Improve it: Thoughts on Engaging Education for Us All"  Steven W. Gilbert, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) Volume, Issue - Date:  Volume 8, Issue 1 - February 2004, Sloan-C, the Sloan Consortium, 15 pages. 
More from the TLT-SWG Blog:
Our colleges aren't broken, our faculty aren't failures. With new tech we can provide (not merely deliver) better education for all who deserve it.
Sedentaristic courses shorten lifespan, reduce end-of-life quality? More for seated students than standing instructors?

Building Community in Online Course” Archive, Slides, Polls, & Chat Transcript

Teacher’s recap & advice to online students re week's work: voice + email + word cloud [VIA FREE EASY APPS & LMS]

Simplest way to record and share audio via Internet?!

"...e-books and nonlinearity don’t turn out to be very compatible." - Lev Grossman

Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance
Friday May 4, 2:00 pm EDT....Free to all.
Registration for May 4

Leader:  Anton Tolman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Behavioral Science, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Utah Valley University
There are several interdependent elements that affect students’ readiness to learn and that shape their desire to engage in the classroom.  However, being aware of these forces is only the first step in ramping up student motivation to learn.  Using the Integrated Resistance Model, this session will explore ways that faculty can assess the various elements in order to determine where their students are and will describe some strategies that faculty can implement to help students to overcome their resistance and become active participants in their own learning.  The session will also focus on methods to encourage student willing participation in collaborative group work.  

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Encourage. Enable. Engage.


Save the Date: Praline Forum: Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World - June 9, 2012

Save the date!
Styling and location by Lucullus, New Orleans. Photograph by Keely Merritt, THNOC

Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World
A presentation of
The Historic New Orleans Collection and
Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program and
Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures

Join us for Creole Sweet, a day-long forum featuring talks and panel discussions on the vending, production, and consumption of the quintessential Louisiana candy and its cousins. Our culinary journey will wend its way from Mexico to Jamaica, from Puerto Rico to the Pelican State, and into praline-loving households worldwide.

The forum opens with a keynote address by Dr. Jessica Harris and brings together such distinguished speakers as Fany Gerson, Nicole Taylor, Susan Tucker, and Patrick Dunne.

Reception Friday, June 8
6–8 p.m.
533 Royal St.

Saturday, June 9
Registration 8–8:45 a.m., sessions 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.

Registration: $50 per person, $35 for Dillard faculty, THNOC members and students
Call (504) 523-4662 or click
here to register.


Register now for Made in a Library – the OCLC/Library Journal Online Symposium


Illustration: Made in a Library -- a free online innovation symposium

No travel. No cost, just insight. REGISTER TODAY


What happens when you take a place that has traditionally been about learning and transform it into a place of doing and making? Find out, when we look at how librarians, teachers, students, faculty and communities are turning their focus to creation—whether providing digital tools for game makers, programmers, musicians and authors, or makerspaces for 3-D printing and other "real-life" projects.
Join moderator Jason Griffey from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Sue Considine and Lauren Britton, who started the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library’s FFL FabLab makerspace; and Joseph Sanchez, currently at the University of Colorado Denver, who incorporated a variety of "doing" spaces into the Red Rocks Community College Library—saving it from closure in the process.

An Innovation Symposium Web session:

Made in a Library

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
1:00–3:00 pm Eastern Time
From 3–4 pm we'll have a dedicated Twitter hour with the keynote speakers and librarian moderators.

No travel. No cost, just insight. REGISTER TODAY



DILLARD UNIVERSITY QEP Year 2 – Integrated Assignment Proposed Activity


QEP Year 2 – Integrated Assignment Proposed Activity

Please respond the following items to be submitted before you leave.

Name:  ___________________________________________

Course: ___________________________________________

Possible Linkage:  Social Science____  Humanities__________

Please indicate the course / instructor if this information is known today. ______________________________________

Integrated Assignment Focus/Activity: _________________________
Submission Date? ___________

What is the best time & date to meet with Ms. Charles?________________________________________________

What would you like to see in the way of QEP/CTLAT support?__________________________________________________


Call for Comment on Accrediting Organizations Scheduled for CHEA Recognition Review




These organizations will be reviewed at the June 11-12, 2012 meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Committee on Recognition. Third-party comment must be received in the CHEA office no later than May 25, 2012 and may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-955-6126 - Fax: 202-955-6129 - Email:

The Committee on Recognition meeting will take place at One Dupont Circle, Level 1B in Conference Room A.

CHEA recognition review includes an opportunity for parties independent of the accrediting organization under review to comment on whether the organization meets the CHEA recognition standards. Third-party comment may be either oral or written and is limited to the accrediting organization's efforts to meet the CHEA recognition standards. This may include commentary from many different sources, such as other accrediting organizations, institutions and programs, or professional or higher education associations. The comments will assist the CHEA Committee on Recognition as it considers the applications for recognition. A list of the committee on recognition members is provided here.

CHEA staff will review any third-party comment to assess its applicability to the recognition review. As provided in the 2006 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures, Paragraph #21, third-party comments are reviewed by the CHEA Committee on Recognition.*

"THIRD-PARTY COMMENT.  Third-party comment may be either oral or written and is limited to the accrediting organization's efforts to meet the CHEA recognition standards.  All third parties requesting the opportunity to make comment related to an accrediting organization's recognition review are to notify CHEA staff and provide the names and affiliations of the persons requesting the opportunity to make third-party comment and a description of the organization(s) they represent.  CHEA staff will review third-party requests for oral or written comment for completeness and applicability to eligibility and recognition standards.

Third parties who wish to appear for oral comment before the CHEA Committee on Recognition are to provide an outline of the proposed oral comment.  Where in the judgment of the Committee doing so may be useful, the Committee may invite third parties to appear before the Committee.  The accrediting organization will receive the outline of the proposed oral comment of third parties invited to appear.  Accrediting organizations will have the opportunity to review and respond to proposed oral comment.

Third parties wishing to make written comment are to provide the text of the third-party comment.  After review by CHEA staff, written comment will be provided to the Committee and the accrediting organization.  Accrediting organizations will have the opportunity to review and respond to written comment.

Third parties are to provide an outline of their oral comment or the text of their written comment in sufficient time to provide for review by CHEA staff, review and response by the accrediting organization, and for the outline or text to be provided to the Committee.

CHEA staff will notify all concerned parties of the location, date, and time of the public presentation."

*The 2006 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures is available on the CHEA Website at The 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures will go into effect for accrediting organizations scheduled for an eligibility review in June 2011 and thereafter.

Posted:  April 25, 2012