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Home » January 1st, 2006 Entries posted on “January, 2006”

Letters to the Editor

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Dr. Brown’s Revolt I read the profile of Dr. Peter D.G. Brown (November/December Adjunct Advocate 2005) with much interest. I have worked at my institution as a part-time lecturer for more than seven years. In that time, I have witnessed the usual outrages and petty humiliations: people not rehired for seemingly no good reason, classes […]

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Suicide of an Italian Lecturer Hits Hard

In November, Sigrid M. killed herself. She taught German at the University of Trieste. She, like I, was a member of a small group of about 1,400 foreigners who teach languages at Italian universities. When I taught in Italy, every non-Italian language lecturer in the country was on a fixed-term contract. Then, a few years […]

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What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine

by Paul Collins After years of dividing my time between freelance writing and teaching online courses, I shifted entirely to writing books and articles. But to the online education industry, I have not changed job titles at all: I am still just a content creator. College instructors generally do not see themselves as creating content […]

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A Round-up of Distance Education Journals

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by John D. Edwards AACE JOURNAL (AACEJ) The Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR) is a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the theoretical, empirical, and pragmatic understanding of technologies and their impact on primary and secondary pedagogy and policy in primary and secondary (K-12) online and blended environments. American Journal of Distance Education AJDE is […]

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“Are Canned Courses Impacting Academic Freedom?”

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by Molly McCluskey For some, they’re a blessing: a chance to focus less on course development and more on the actual teaching. For some, they’re a curse: eroding academic freedom and the very fabric of collegiate professordom. Regardless of the perspective, they’re being used more frequently. And the trend doesn’t appear to have an end […]

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Teaching With Moodle

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by Thomas N. Robb Virtually every educational institution has by now adopted a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or CMS (Course Management System) for use either as an adjunct to its traditional courses (often called a “blended” or ”hybrid” course system), or as a tool for its distance education program. The “big players” are WebCT and […]

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Teaching and Learning in a Hybrid World: An Interview with Carol Twigg

Carol Twigg  founded the National Center for Academic Transformation in 1998 to use technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of higher education.

by Susan Walsh Veronikas and Michael F. Shaughnessy From 1993 to 1998, Twigg served as Vice President of Educom, one of the precursors to EDUCAUSE. At Educom, she founded the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) and initiated the IMS (Instructional Management Systems) project. Before joining Educom, Twigg served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies […]

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Online Courses Provide Hurricane Relief for Students

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by Evelyn Beck When Burks Oakley logged onto the Web at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31st, and learned that two levees had collapsed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, leaving 80 percent of New Orleans underwater, he sprang into action. First he e-mailed his University of Illinois colleague Ray Schroeder, who had been trying […]

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A Pyrrhic Victory? A Practical Look at the New School Adjunct Contract

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by Elizabeth J. Carter The unveiling this past November of the first-ever collective-bargaining agreement between 2,000 part-time faculty and administration at the New School was met with widespread public attention and considerable self-congratulation by both sides. Indeed, the agreement is being described in superlatives usually reserved for the likes of pro athletes and hit television […]

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OPSEU Demands Union Rights for Part-Timers

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The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has kicked off a campaign to change the law that bars part-time college staff from unionizing. “Ontario is the only province in Canada where it is against the law for part-time college employees to join a union,” said OPSEU president Leah Casselman. “It’s shocking that such a basic right […]

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  • Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

    by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

  • The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities […]

  • Using Instant Messaging Chat to Engage Students On-line

    by Evelyn Beck Unlike many of us who find it distracting when students whisper to one another during class discussions, Alvin Wang encourages such student-to-student “messaging.” Only he does so on-line during live synchronous communication, or chats, with students sending Instant Messages visible only to one another as the larger class discussion carries on. Wang, […]

  • Tablet PCs Stake Out Higher Education

    by Paul McCloskey The new Tablet PCs from Microsoft and a host of PC manufacturers were announced with the usual coast-to-coast fanfare as the next big thing in personal computing. And while that is always the hope and the hype in such smash announcements, for the higher education community, it just might be true. That’s […]

  • Designing Final Exams

    Teachers should design finals to be culminating learning experiences. In an important book (Assessing Student Performance: Exploring the Purpose and Limits of Testing, Jossey-Bass, 1999.) on student assessment (and academic ethics), Grant Wiggins claims that many of the reasons students focus on grades (and get involved in cheating) is because assessments depend on secrecy more […]

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