Category Archives: HigherEd

Whither the CIO?

Whither the CIO? Bo Wandschneider, CIO at Queen’s University (and full disclosure the Deputy CIO at Guelph when I was CIO), recently posted about the nature and future of the CIO in higher education: “The demise of the Canadian University CIO…?” … Continue reading

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Organizational Culture

Over the years I’ve participated in a number of external organizational reviews (for academic libraries, public libraries, and IT divisions). While all organizations are truly different, even unique, there are two characteristics that almost always emerged as key issues during … Continue reading

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Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem (IDSE)

The scholarly communications environment in Canada is complex, diverse, and evolving quickly as digital scholarship becomes more prominent in almost every field. The stakeholders are equally diverse including researchers, publishers, scholarly societies, academic libraries, information technology organizations, high performance networking … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading

I now only publish in open access journals and what I publish myself (or with teams) is either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA. Admittedly, this is a mere (and largely unnoticed) drop in the scholarship bucket. It’s something, but I … Continue reading

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Academic Hiring

I’m a big fan of Alex Usher and the other folks at HESA. Their work is exceptional and the blog always interesting. Normally I find myself nodding in agreement with their insights and pointed barbs. Not so much this time. … Continue reading

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Why (Scholarly) Happiness is a Warm (Just Off the Printer) Gun

It’s a gun. A printed gun. And it is the most important scholarly “publication” I have encountered for some time. Recently Matt Ratto (Director of the Critical Making Lab at the iSchool, University of Toronto; @mattratto) has received a lot … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Worldviews (the OISE UofT MOOC): the Finale

I should have posted this some time ago; my experiment as a MOOC student (the Aboriginal Worldviews course from OISE) has ended. The earlier posts on my experience are here, here and here. While I wasn’t a non-completer (apparently only … Continue reading

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Women in CIO Positions in Canadian Higher Education

Last summer, as part of the Master of Education program I’m taking from OISE at the University of Toronto, I wrote a paper about the state of women in Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions in Canadian higher education. I looked … Continue reading

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Scarey – Just Like It Should Be

I’ve been teaching variations of a course called Beyond Literacy for a number of years (both to first year undergrads and sophisticated graduate students). After all this time, you would think I could teach this in my sleep, and with … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Worldviews (the OISE UofT MOOC): Week 3

Week 3 of the Aboriginal Worldview MOOC has begun. A short status report on how I’m doing and what I’m discovering. I submitted my assignment and peer evaluated the assignments of 3 other students. The peer evaluation methodology is a … Continue reading

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