Chances are if you run into someone on campus then the conversation will go something like this. “Hi, how’s it going?” “I’m so busy!” “Yep, me too! It must be that time of the semester.” It doesn’t matter when this conversation occurs because it is always that time of the semester.
A study by John Ziker from Boise State University even provides data on how busy we are in higher education. In a blog post, Ziker found that professors at Boise work 61 hours per work and spend 17% of their time in meetings.
The collective response from most of higher education was, “See Forbes, being a professor isn’t the easiest job in America!”
My response was that this is terrible and we’ve got to be more productive with our time. The work of a faculty member, administrator, or nearly anyone in higher education does not require that we spend over sixty hours a week.
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The curse of knowledge work (which most of us in higher education are engaged in) is that it can largely be done anytime and anywhere. For too many of us that turns into all the time and everywhere.
The rhetoric surrounding higher education- from governments to businesses to parents and students- questions why higher education can’t be more business-like— efficient, cost-effective, and innovative. However, when you take a closer look into past, present, and potential successes of both universities and businesses. It becomes evident that the better question is “Why aren’t businesses striving to be more like universities?”
When it comes to backing up our computer files, we all know we should be doing it. But let’s be honest, most of us don’t. For several years now, I have been using Dropbox and it is the most important tool on my computer. I use it for saving all my documents and files. There are many reasons why you should too.
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If you aren’t familiar with Dropbox, it is an online (in the cloud) file storage system. You can save documents, photos, videos, or any file to your account. You can access the files on a Mac, PC, or through their online portal. Of all of the features that Dropbox offers, there are at least five that I believe you will find most useful.