I am currently reading Tom Peters’ new book The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that Wows and Jobs that Last. I have been reading Peters since his original 1982 bestseller that he co-wrote with Robert Waterman, In Search of Excellence. In many ways, Peters’ search for “excellence” mirrored the national movement in… Read more CFT’s as Centers for Excellence
As those who read me know, I have been participating in a recent blogging challenge that has emerged called blimage – a “blog image” challenge: You must use an image sent to you and “incorporate it into your blog, and write a post about learning based on it…Then pass an image of your choice on… Read more A Layered Blimage Challenge
Last Friday, I facilitated a brown bag lunch session on “World Class Quality in University Coursework.” If interested in listening to the conversation, I am linking to an Echo360 recording of this session. Government officials, employers, accrediting agencies, university administrators, institutional researchers, faculty, faculty development specialists, and even students all have something to share concerning… Read more What Does Quality Mean in the Classroom?
I was in an interesting exchange today across multiple levels of the web on which I would like to reflect further. It started when my friend Eduardo Peirano tweeted a link to me and two others about an article in the May 29th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In “I’ll Never Do It… Read more The Only Thing to Fear
Yesterday, Tom Peters, one of my heroes, listed The 19E’s of Excellence on his business management blog: If Not Excellence, What? If Not Excellence Now, When? The “19 Es” of Excellence: Enthusiasm. (Be an irresistible force of nature!) Energy. (Be fire! Light fires!) Exuberance. (Vibrate—cause earthquakes!) Execution. (Do it! Now! Get it done! Barriers are… Read more Excellence in E-Learning
I am a product of the quality movement of the Eighties. I was a Deming Disciple and in the Nineties was a Baldrige-trained examiner for the State of Georgia’s Board of Examiners for their state quality award. I have taught courses on quality management in both Schools of Education and Business. I still believe that… Read more Some Good Questions – Blogs as Scholarship
Events this week have had me thinking about “trust” as it applies to our craft. My last post was a bit of a knee jerk reaction to Stephen Downes knee jerk reaction, when he said “I can’t trust anything Sue Waters and Steve Dembo write – and that’s an unhappy state to be in.” What… Read more The Trust Factor
I subscribe to Stephen Downes’ email newsletter “OLDaily” because I find interesting and relevant items there that complement the other blogs I read. However, I feel he stepped way over bounds yesterday. One of his items was as follows: Quick Quiz: What New Web Tool Can You Use and Get an ASUS? How about a… Read more Wis-Dumb of the Crowds
There was a very interesting article by Monica Hesse in the Washington Post this past Sunday entitled “Truth: Can You Handle It?” The article starts with a well-known witty saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “How many legs does a dog have, if you call a tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t… Read more Truth 2.0?
At the turn of the century (this past one, not the one in 1900), I had the opportunity to undergo Baldrige Examiner training and participate for two years on the Georgia Board of Examiners for the state quality award, the Oglethorpe. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the highest honor in this nation in… Read more Twitter and Muda