Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Round-up of Distance Education Journals

A Round-up of Distance Education Journals

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 […]

“Are Canned Courses Impacting Academic Freedom?”

“Are Canned Courses Impacting Academic Freedom?”

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 […]

Teaching With Moodle

Teaching With Moodle

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Online Courses Provide Hurricane Relief for Students

Online Courses Provide Hurricane Relief for Students

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

OPSEU Demands Union Rights for Part-Timers

OPSEU Demands Union Rights for Part-Timers

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 […]