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Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

Faculty at the meetings noted that students’ emotional fragility has become a serious problem when in comes to grading. Some said they had grown afraid to give low grades for poor performance, because of the subsequent emotional crises they would have to deal with in their offices.

the Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran an article by Robin Wilson entitled, “An Epidemic of Anguish: Overwhelmed by Demand for Mental-Health Care, Colleges Face Conflicts in Choosing How to Respond” (Aug. 31, 2015).

Publishing opportunity – Digital Badges in Education

Please use this IMS blog, for more on digital badges in education:

Interesting opinion why badges will not work, unless adopted by the entire institution in the following webinar:

From: Zane Berge []
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Call for Chapters – Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases

Dear Authors,

You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for a book, Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases that Lin Muilenburg and I are editing that will be published by Routledge. Please see the call for chapters at:

Feel free to pass this call along to anyone or any group you believe would be interested.

Zane L. Berge, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Twitter: @ZaneBerge

Share, if you are using badges as part of the assessment process in your class and/or if you intend to start using it.

Let us know, if you would like to start discussion on this campus about adoption of badges as part of the assessment process.

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legal issues with diplomas from online/distance education

CORNELIUS, L. M., & CAVANAUGH, T. W. (2013). Distance Learning, Distant Courtrooms. Chronicle Of Higher Education60(12), A30.

We are in the early stages of distance-­specific litigation, and most rulings, thus far, have been made at the level of basic trial courts. We await precedents from more senior courts, the possibility of Congressional action, interstate compacts, and other unseen developments for more guidance. At the same time, however, it has also become clear that the new frontier of distance learning is also entering the sphere of courts and lawyers. It is not too early for distance programs and their institutions to take note. – See more at:



Pro Domo Sua: Are We Puppets in a Wired World? Surveillance and privacy revisited…

Are We Puppets in a Wired World?

But while we were having fun, we happily and willingly helped to create the greatest surveillance system ever imagined, a web whose strings give governments and businesses countless threads to pull, which makes us…puppets. The free flow of information over the Internet (except in places where that flow is blocked), which serves us well, may serve others better. Whether this distinction turns out to matter may be the one piece of information the Internet cannot deliver.


from the MnSCU D2L office: D2L performance issues this morning

We are experiencing some data base blocks on the D2L system that are affecting response times for users.  The recent blocks occurred between 10:21 and 10:40.  Users were unable to login, or got internal errors, or very slow response times for navigating in D2L.

The problems have been intermittent, with users getting fast responses after the blockage ends.

Our system admins are investigating the situation.

We will keep you posted on the status of system performance.  Please continue to report any issues you experience.



Karen Wenz, IMS System Site Administrator

MnSCU System Office

Phone: 320-223-6042
Cell:  612-578-6712