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Home » March 1st, 2002 Entries posted on “March, 2002”

When Students Evaluate Faculty Online

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by Jennifer C. Berkshire When it was time for Eastern Connecticut State student Jonathan Marsh* to evaluate his math teacher last fall, he had no problem identifying what was wrong with her. She gave too many quizzes, concluded Marsh, and a thick accent made her lectures difficult to understand. In the past, Marsh’s comments would have reached a fairly limited audience, […]

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E-Books: Should You Use Them?

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by P.D. Lesko with reporting by Diane Calabrese The new E-book readers are proving tough to sell, and E-books are proving even tougher to produce. In 2000, leading E-book reader production company Gemstar-TV Guide International sold only 60,000 units, each priced between $300 and $700 dollars. Susan Kevorkian, a publishing industry analyst, predicts that E-book device sales […]

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Sex and Education: Better Done Face-to-Face

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by Christopher Cumo PERHAPS THE 21st century will be the era of the virtual classroom. In 1998, 1.6 million of America’s 14.5 million college and university students took at least one course on-line, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Between 1995 and 1998 the number of distance education programs increased 72 percent, and 44 percent of our colleges and […]

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Tribal College Journal

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by Vicki Urquhart The Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education 4 issues per year Institutional subscription: $30 per year; Individual subscription: $22 per year 1 P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 80328 WHEN YOU PICK up a professional journal, you expect it to be worth your time, and Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) […]

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Tax Credits For EVs and Hybrid EVs

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by P.D. Lesko THE 1990 CENSUS estimated that 3.90 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walked to work. A decade later, the 2000 United States Census estimates that only 2.68 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walk to work. In the last decade, slightly more than a million people […]

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Cut Your Grading Time In Half

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by Christine Hult IT’S THE END of an arduous semester and your desk is piled high with student papers. You sigh deeply as you contemplate the days of reading and grading that lie ahead of you. Surely there must be a better way? You’ll be happy to learn that recently developed technologies can help you to handle the paper load. Web […]

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How to Find a Job Teaching On-Line

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by Evelyn Beck CAROL CONRAD HAS continued to teach on-line business courses for two California colleges despite moving first to Virginia and then to Florida. “If the student can be anywhere, why not the instructor?” she says. As distance education offers greater flexibility for students, so it has also meant more options for adjunct faculty, who are invited in an increasing […]

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Adjunct faculty in Washington State are not entitled to minimum wage.

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  by Geoff Fredericks PART-TIME FACULTY AT community colleges are professional employees who aren’t covered by the state’s minimum wage law, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled on January 7, 2002. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel rejected a suit by unionized part-time faculty at a number of community colleges who claimed they are entitled to additional pay […]

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In Arizona adjuncts are fired to balance the budget

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by TAA Staff UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA President Peter Likins reported in February that 128 courses and 128 jobs had been eliminated because of a $16 million mid-year budget cut officials are still trying to meet. The courses were not required for graduation and were cut campus-wide. Fifty-six of the positions were adjunct faculty members and the rest were […]

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Ohio p/time faculty fight back

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by TAA Staff EACH MONDAY MORNING Terri Maue drives a half an hour to teach her first class at 8:30 a.m. Her day doesn’t end until she finishes teaching her evening class at another university at 9 p.m. Ms. Maue, who teaches English courses at three universities in southern Ohio, is one of many part-time […]

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  • Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

    by Evelyn Beck Adjuncts are at the heart of a battle brewing on American campuses about academic freedom in on-line teaching. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that distance education courses which have been designed in whole or in part by full-time faculty are being turned over to part-time instructors who are expected to […]

  • Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

    Indeed, despite the large dropout rate, MOOCs certainly end up serving a significant number of students. If the initial enrollment in a MOOC is 40,000 and only 4,000 actually complete the course, that’s still a lot of students compared to a traditional classroom. A professor teaching four courses a year in classes with 30 students each would have to teach for more than 33 years to reach 4,000 students.

  • A Review of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It

      by Steven Knapp Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and […]

  • Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

    by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

  • 10 Golden Rules for Writing Multiple Choice Questions

    by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore In a classical multiple choice question, a student should choose a correct answer among several (optimally 5) answers. Multiple choice questions consist of three obligatory parts: 1. the question (“body of the question”) 2. the correct answer (“the key of the question”) 3. several incorrect alternatives (the so called “distracters”) and […]

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