State of the Nation

IN THIS ISSUE of the Adjunct Advocate, we’re looking at the subject of distance education and how it impacts adjunct faculty. The idea for the issue originated with writers Chris Cumo and Evelyn Beck. Staff writer Chris, together with regular columnist Evelyn, worked tirelessly to put together the editorial content you have before you. It […]

Living the Good Life While Teaching Online

Living the Good Life While Teaching Online

So a few years ago, I decided to make some lifestyle changes and left my career as an investment advisor to teach on-line and work from home. This provided a means to reduce my expenses, nominalize my income taxes, spend more time with my young family, and enjoy the tranquility next to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Is Distance Education the Meteor and Are Faculty the Dinosaurs?

Is Distance Education the Meteor and Are Faculty the Dinosaurs?

by Chris Cumo DEWEY DEFALCO, ASSISTANT to the Director of Distance Learning and Lead Faculty for Distance Learning at Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, knows that some faculty dislike distance education. DeFalco sees this opposition as the natural inter-generational struggle over an emerging technology. The opponents are older, technophobic professors on the verge of retirement. […]

Review of the USDLA Journal

Review of the USDLA Journal

by Mark Drozdowski AN AGE-OLD APHORISM, attributed to President Garfield, contends that the ideal learning environment involves a student at one end of a log and Mark Hopkins at the other. Were he still with us, Garfield might instead opt to log on via modem to reach his college mentor. But would his education be […]

Best of the Web: Distance Education Resources

Best of the Web: Distance Education Resources

by Vicki Urquhart ON-LINE EDUCATION HAS been around long enough for us to know that for students to be successful they should possess certain traits or skills, such as self-motivation, determination, time-management skills, and a high comfort level with technology. In turn, on-line instructors need these same skills; the presence of good technical support in […]

Distance Education: A Global Perspective

Distance Education: A Global Perspective

THANKS TO A 72 percent increase in the number of distance education programs between 1995 and 1998, the U.S. Department of Education calculates that 1.6 million students are enrolled in 54,000 on-line classes. But how widespread is distance education outside the U.S.? How global is the World Wide Web when it comes to on-line education? […]

Teaching TEFL in Hong Kong is an Uphill Struggle

Teaching TEFL in Hong Kong is an Uphill Struggle

The teachers are comfortable with the lack of pressure for results and the easy pace of the curriculum, and they also accept quite happily that the majority of students can’t wait to leave the school at the end of every day instead of staying behind for one of the many club activities that other schools are so busy with.

Union Protests Lecturer’s Treatment

AN OSAKA LABOR union issued a formal protest against Kansai University on Friday for discriminatory treatment of a foreign lecturer. According to a document submitted by the Education Workers and Amalgamated Union Osaka to a labor standards inspection office, the university, based in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, employed David Agnew, a 36-year-old Canadian, as a special […]

Canadian Sessionals Set to Strike

IN LATE NOVEMBER, sessional lecturers at Carleton University in Ottowa voted 84 percent in favor of strike action. The proposed strike date is January 15, 2003. “Sessional lecturers are tired of being treated like cheap labor at Carleton,” says Fred Schultz, president of Local 4600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 350 […]