Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Journal for Women in Higher Education (WIHE)

Do you know about the Women in Higher Education (WIHE) Practitioner's News Journal? I love this small jewel of a journal by Mary Dee Weninger. Weninger started this news journal to “help smart women on campus get wise about how gender affects their being successful in the male-dominated world of higher education”. The WIH invites readers to submit articles on wide range of topics. February 2008 article titles included, What Brings Career Satisfaction to Women Administrators, Women Describe Becoming Resilient through Diversity, Faculty as Classroom Leaders, The Last Laugh: What if a Woman Won Election to President.

A one year online subscription to WIHE will cost you $66, but there is a try before you buy option and visitors are allowed to sample three (3) free issues. Stats on salary and gender gap are available here and provide some food for thought, but the waaay cool thing about this site is its Job Search. WIHE posts announcements “from schools actively seeking qualified WOMEN candidates for administrative and faculty positions”. You can search by title, region, Canada, or international and then lots of positions and information is served up to the job seeker.

WIHE has a great quotes page by and for women. All were good, but these resonated with me.

Let's stop apologizing for our competence. - Zerrie Campbell

Transformational leadership feels right to women because it's not asking anything that they haven't done. - Jacquelyn M.

If they don't select you, they may not have been prepared for you. And in that case, they don't deserve you. - Maria Perez

For all women seeking to be wise or to get some wisdom, this is a resource worth looking at.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Progressive Education Compare & Contrast

Yesterday 1940's

Today 2000's

Positive & Negative Sides of Work and Women Keynotes

On the positive side of my work life, sometimes my work involves travel and conference attendance and on Thursday, February 21, 2008, I listened to a keynote by, Julie K. Little, Ed.D., Interim Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, presented at Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) in San Francisco on Web 2.0 and Net Gen learners. CCME sessions and conversations given by military and individuals from military friendly institutions are the similar to conversations and presentations at SLOAN, MERLOT, WCET, and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). The CCME presentations explored benefits and challenges of technologies and their effect on teaching and learning, especially those presented in online learning and via distance education. I enjoyed the strong keynotes by women leaders on higher education, education technology, and the military.

According to CCME, “it is the only National Organization for professional military educators” and while the emphasis was military, the acceptance of distance learning, conversations about accreditation and quality in online learning made me feel right at home.The CCME is a conference to attend for those in higher education who are interested in serving military students online and a great place to see women leaders in action.

On the negative side of my work life, yikes! No postings or follow-up on my plans to report on what I learned over the course of my blogging. Numerous work projects during December, January and February kept me from thinking, reflecting, or writing on anything not connected to the projects. While the pace of work will remain fast, I should now be able to push the work rather than having it push me. So will need to follow through and finish personal goals related to this blog.

Will be meeting a few of the goals connected to my blogging activities by submitting a proposal to the 2008
MINNESOTA E-LEARNING SUMMIT scheduled for May 21-22, 2008 at Normandale Community College, in Bloomington, MN.