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Nice Music by Zimbabwean Musician Oliver Mtukudzi who died At 66; it's a song, What Shall We Do, about when someone is dying from AIDS.

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These proposals could potentially help WISR, especially if they take effect soon.
■ Drop the credit-hour definition, which the Obama administration issued in 2010 to curb credit inflation. In its place the department would let accreditors and colleges -- many of which have long complained about the rule -- determine how to evaluate a student’s academic progress.
■ Remove the current 50 percent cap on the outsourcing of academic programs to a nonaccredited provider through a partnership with a college, potentially allowing a college to outsource an entire academic program.
■ Reverse an Obama-era initiative aimed at toughening rules that require online programs to show that they are approved to operate in every state where they enroll students.
■ Modify rules for faculty interaction with students by allowing accreditors to define who qualifies as an instructor in college-level courses and removing the department's role in reviewing the standard.

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Happy Public Domain Day!
For the first time in over 20 years, on January 1, 2019, published works will enter the US public domain. Works from 1923 will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee.

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I often listen to public radio and may post here if I've heard something that others might find interesting. For an update on women's issues, listen to KQED's Forum on women's anger, a rebroadcast from October 10th, after the Kavanaugh Hearings.

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Happy Winter Solstice from California!

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EDUCATION in California today.
"The union stressed that it has other demands besides pay increases, which include using $1.9 billion in reserves to reduce class sizes and hire more nurses, counselors, and librarians; seeking a commitment to provide more special education, early education, bilingual education, and adult education support; reduce testing; strengthen parent and educator voices at schools; and “address the charter industry drain that siphons more than $600 million from our schools every year.”
“Unless these issues are genuinely addressed and reflected in a bargaining proposal, educators will be on the picket lines beginning Thursday, January 10,” according to a Wednesday union news release."

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Sometimes we have a picture we want to use for a website or flyer or other document to share publicly but sometimes we don't. Here is advice on getting royalty free images on Google.

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This President of a small college makes very good points about serving adult learners.
For example -
"Here, everything is structured around the adult learner. All our support systems, infrastructure, advising, admissions, mentoring, library services, research functions—everything is geared toward this one population. We have a highly specialized administrative staff and faculty who understand the developmental stages of adults. From a psychological perspective, they are usually moving from stage three to stage four, meaning that they’re starting to integrate their life experience with a knowledge base. Understanding that is key to helping adult students learn effectively."
"First, you need to develop an adult-oriented faculty, which can take a lot of time and effort. Second, you need to make sure you have the right supports built into the infrastructure itself, meaning writing supports, research supports and professional development supports."
"A key advantage for adult learners is being in a class with students from various backgrounds and age groups. I notice this at our institution: Our students bring such a wealth of work experience to the classroom. One might have just retired from the military; another is leading a small non-profit; and a third works in a large healthcare organization.
If you’re able to find this diversity of student experience, adult learners will, in essence, co-create the curriculum in the classroom. And that increases learning and educational experiences for all."

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Google has a Google Education Suite Learning Center with many resources to help us find solutions to our G Suite questions. Here is a step by step guide to using Google Apps for a meeting.

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Here is a good introduction to Google Calendar's features. This article is only three months old but doesn't include Google transitioning from using 'Hangouts' for video conferencing to using 'Meet.'
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