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Home » December 24th, 2008 Entries posted on “December, 2008”

Happy Holidays

I want to take a moment and wish everyone Happy Holidays! I’m spending the school break with my family at home. We’re enjoying over 14 inches of snow at the moment by cross-country skiing, sledding, snowboarding (the boys, not me!) and building snow forts.  We’ve already had a Harry Potter-a-thon, during which we watched movies 1-3 in […]

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5,000 Adjuncts in Israel Win BIG

According to a piece published in Haaretz today, the 5,000 adjunct faculty who teach at Israeli universities have won a major battle in their fight for better pay, seniority and job security. Until now, the adjuncts were employed as contract workers and dismissed at the end of each academic year. They had no job security, […]

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Not Our Adjuncts

I just finished doing something I do every Monday (well, every day, really) browsing news pieces about part-time faculty. In particular, I am interested in what college and university administrators are planning to do in the current economic situation with respect to part-time faculty hiring. Will the idled workers around the United States who choose […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey (After Thanksgiving)

The AFT recently came out with a new study that concludes part-time faculty are teaching a majority of the courses offered at public colleges and universities in the U.S. I suppose the surprise, then, has to do with the use of part-time faculty at 4-year institutions. We all know that community colleges have been loaded […]

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  • 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.

  • The Barack Obama Book Club

      by Samuel Jacobs With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we’d like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When the president landed in Oaks Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard last August, he loaded his bedside table with 2,333 pages of reading for the week. Of […]

  • Taking Courses at the Local APM

    by Bob Robinson IT’S 7:30 A.M. You polish up your term paper (actually, you fill in the blanks on the cover page of the paper you purchased on-line), copy it onto a floppy, throw on your coat and rush out the door, mumbling something about being late for work. You rush down to the nearest 24-hour convenience store and notice with […]

  • New law, e-books and rentals may make college textbooks less costly

    by Eric Gorski On Friday afternoons between work and rugby practice, Brittany Wolfe would rush to the campus library hoping copies of her advanced algebra textbook had not all been checked out by like-minded classmates. It was part of the math major’s routine last quarter at the University of California, Los Angeles: Stand in line […]

  • #Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

    College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher education, […]

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