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In the early drafts of this story, I concluded this section by saying, “the program we conceived of and built is, for all intents and purposes, a shadow of itself. We will never have the hard discussions, nor will we be able to complete the course linkages and support the BHAG. Camelot has fallen, and the round table sits, abandoned, in an empty and unused room.” To a large extent, I believe that this is still true – the idea of a shining castle on a hill and a group of faculty with mutual interests sitting at a round table seems hollow, if not dead, to me. However, as the semester has moved along and reflection has occurred, all of the personnel changes have actually increased at least the possibility of integrating the courses and the way we support the BHAG. I now teach in both EDL 601 and in EDL 602. FME took over EDL 603 and we have co-taught EDL 604 several times. In one sense, the two of us are in position to achieve what seven of us could not. I can’t help but wonder though, whether this is really a good thing. While shared responsibility can be messy and time consuming, bi-lateral decision making runs counter to what we try to teach program participants.

The morals of the story

As I reflect on the events of the past five years, I see many lessons. I will limit this discussion to three of them. While these lessons are applicable to many programs, I think they are especially pertinent to online leadership programs. What I take away from our experiences is the importance of intentionality, the impact of leadership, and the centrality of relationships in developing and sustaining rich online leadership programs.

Intentionality

Where we succeeded and failed are closely related to the idea of intentionality. We live in a world of mandates, accountability practices, and a certain degree of cynicism. Reaching for a dream requires an intentional decision to discard the confining influences of other forces, to believe in possibility, and to build community. Intentionality also requires us to examine and shed light on individual assumptions, and to anticipate potential areas of disagreement and address them early in the process. At a time when many programs are moving to online and hybrid formats for the sake of convenience or cost savings, intentionally designing an online program that capitalizes on the strengths of the medium and the faculty becomes a moral leadership imperative.

Leadership

Leadership makes a difference at every level. This story demonstrates both the ability of leadership to nurture and sustain an online program, and the capacity of leadership to quickly weaken a strong program and demoralize its faculty. Program leadership should be structured in a way that minimizes burn-out, and planning for program leadership succession might help create more fluid transitions. A strong faculty community can mitigate negative effects of leadership to a degree, but sometimes our best efforts are futile. Change happens, and when leadership change happens, program faculty need to become nimble, much more strategic, and politically astute.

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explain why is it that old peoples as from the age of 60 usually have eye problems?
Kenn Reply
most old people suffere eye problems.because of short sight where individuals with this kind of problems see only near objects clearly but not distance objects, this is cause by elongated eyeball so light from distance is focus infront the retina so the image on the retina is blurred .
Munyah
plasma DNA cytoplasm Ribosome
Pearl Reply
cell, tissue,organ, organ systems,organism
Pearl Reply
cell is the build block of Life
Pearl
also a smallest unit of life
Frankline
sure..
Pearl
consistsof cytoplsm enclosed with in a membrane which contains many biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids
Frankline
differences in the effects of infection by HIV and influenza A virus on host genetic variability.
Yo Reply
i dont know
Ubah
hiv is direct contact of blood or body fluid and if not treated can break down the immune system faster and lead to acids with complications of pneumonia skin infections inflammation of the brain etc.while influenza A is a air borne virus which can cause the common cold pain fever and can be cured
Maureen
A.I.D.S
Maureen
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what makes the heart to pumps blood?
Jamer Reply
sa node
Ubah
i do think its the nerve tranmission to the brain
Frankline
The contracting and relaxing of the atria and vertricles but the electrical system of the heart is what makes this possible.
keynia
yes which is called autorhymicity
Maureen
adrenoline action in brains
Frankline Reply
please describe the human heart brefly
Shah Reply
the size of the heart is like a fist. it has four chambers. the left and right upper atrium which push blood in the lower left and right ventricles which in turns pump blood to the lungs or the rest of the body.
Maureen
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Frankline
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what is Endocytosis
Alice Reply
Endocytosis is the process where by organism lives inside it host and feed on it
Aboagye
cell
Mostafa
Endocytosis is the process where by substances are taken in to the cell of an organism
Abena
the taking in of matter by a living cell by invagination of its membrane to form a vacuole.
Amber
Exocytosis... is the durable, energy-consuming process by which a cell directs the contents of secretory vesicles out of the cell membrane and into the extracellular space. Endocytosis is an energy-using process by which cells absorb molecules (such as proteins) by engulfing them.
Amber
There are three types of endocytosis: phagocytosis, pinocytosis, and receptor-mediated endocytosis. In phagocytosis or “cellular eating,” the cell's plasma membrane surrounds a macromolecule or even an entire cell from the extracellular environment and buds off to form a food vacuole or phagosome.
Amber
what are hormones
Abena
what the meaning of adenosine triphosphate
Alice Reply
what the full meaning of ADP
Alice
ATP as simply called is substance which provide energy during active transport
Aboagye
what is biology
Alice Reply
biology simply means the study of life
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heart disease
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heart disease
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kidney failure
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Rihan
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Kami
in female lagest cell in overy cell
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what is the difference between DNA and RNA?
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