“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”
This academic year marks the second full year for the Innovative Learning Institute and we are seeing the fruits of our labor beginning to emerge. If you haven't visited the new ILI website, I strongly encourage you to, especially if you are a faculty member in need of support and services. On the ILI website, you will find stories of how RIT faculty have innovated in their classroom, strategies that are proven to work, online course development services and much more.Read More
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward
“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
I am often asked what Academic Affairs will be working on in light of our new emerging strategic plan. As usual, plenty.Read More
"The difficult I'll do right now
The impossible will take a little while."
— Billie Holiday from “Crazy He Calls Me”
“Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.”
-- Vaclav Havel, The Impossible Will Take a Little While
I wanted my first blog posting of the academic year to welcome you back in different manner. I suppose you could call this blog posting an example of the scholarship of application because I’m going to apply an idea I came across while reading the book The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb and apply to another domain area, namely the noble art of teaching.Read More
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”
-The Wizard of Oz
As anyone who has worked with them already knows, the RIT Production Services staff are truly an exceptional resource on campus. Always busy behind the scenes of our events and projects, Production Services creates compelling web, audio, video, graphic and online content to share the stories of RIT and our students with the world each and every day.Read More
“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.”
At the April RIT Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Michael D'Arcangelo, director of diversity education at RIT, presented a thorough and thoughtful presentation entitled "A Business Case for Diversity: A Basis for Higher Education". I found his presentation built a compelling case for why diversity supports a number of strategic initiatives and I want to share some of the key points in this posting. You can find his entire presentation on the Resources section of the Diversity at RIT website.Read More
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you have this frightening feeling that the pace of life is accelerating at an increasing rate, then chances are you are in the midst of middle spring at RIT. Once spring break occurs, hold on to your handlebars - commencement is just around the corner but there are a gazillion events that occur before graduation.Read More
"Innovation is creativity with a job to do."
"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
I often get asked "What's up with the ILI?" It's a fair question and one that deserves answering so I'm dedicating this post to the Innovative Learning Institute.Read More