Notes in the Margins: Sex, silence and workplace harmony

Higher ed emails probe broadens, prompting review The latest open records query by the research arm of the Legislature seeks every email to or from the 10 presidents of North Dakota’s public universities and colleges since July 2012, a massive request that officials think will take until the end of the year to fulfill. (The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead)

A push for harmony among workers, young and old There’s a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children—or grandchildren. (Associated Press via Pioneer Press)

Study dispels notions of ‘no-holds barred’ sex on campus A new study finds that sexual activity among college students hasn’t increased in recent decades — but students are more likely to report having sex with a friend. (Los Angeles Times)

MOOCs and Higher Education’s Non-Consumers If Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are going to truly disrupt the higher education marketplace then non-consumers will need to play a critical role. Justin Reich outlines three categories of people currently underserved in the market and finds that given the diversity of interests involved, designing for all these populations might prove to be quite difficult. (Impact of Social Sciences)

An appeal for silence in the seminar room Robert Zaretsky on sustained and sustaining pauses for thought during university lectures (Times Higher Education)