Wednesday, 25th March 2020

The Brave Old World of Online Courses

I’ve been doing various sorts of online course delivery since the mid-1990s. That’s when Netscape was the only browser. That’s when you had to send your page changes to an IT admin, and wait a… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 18th March 2020

Surprise! A President for UCF

Well, finally the third candidate for the UCF president has been announced. Alexander Cartwright, current chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia.

So, for those of you keeping track, this was announced on… Continue reading…

Monday, 16th March 2020

Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

One thing I worry about, during a time like this coronavirus crisis, is what else will happen while no one’s looking. As Rahm Emmanuel said (ugh, can’t believe I’m quoting him): “You never let a… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

UCF Program of Interim Studies

Most common administrative title at UCF: “Interim”. We are about to have another one – Interim Head of Libraries – to add to the Interim President, Interim Provost, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and various other… Continue reading…

Sunday, 15th September 2019

The Constrained University

I have been officially certified as “Ethical” by my institution, at least for another year. Thanks be to our lord and savior Immanuel Kant. I am also certified in the technologies of squealing and… Continue reading…

Friday, 30th August 2019

“Ethics” Training

Shall we pick apart this email (see below) sent by our university president, at 4 pm just before the university closes for a hurricane? Ok, lets do that.

1. This isn’t ethics training, it’s… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 30th July 2019

An old problem, still with us

When I have taught medieval philosophy in the past, I’ve had to describe the debate between the realists and the nominalists. It’s central to understanding the European Middle Ages. Basically, the dispute is over universals,… Continue reading…

Saturday, 14th July 2018

Trust and Faith

My university is getting a new president, after 26 years of the previous one being in that position. The new president was our provost (there was a national search, but it’s pretty clear that he… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Ignoring Tech in the Ivory Tower?

From Nov. 14, 2017

Who is this Cathy O’Neil person and how is it possible that she is this clued out? “Where’s academia when it comes to helping us make sense of this?” Um,… Continue reading…