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Home » April 29th, 2010 Entries posted on “April, 2010”

Having the Dream Office (Or the Dream of Having an Office)

Offices are not the most important things; they are certainly not as important as salary, job security, or even respect, but they are a concern.

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Showing vs. Telling: Twilight Invades My Writing Class

by Kat Kiefer-Newman It was bound to happen in one of my classes. I knew that sooner or later I would be confronted by the fanatical devotion fans have for the Twilight books and movies. Twilight, for the three people in the United States who don’t know, is the first in a series of novels […]

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A Little Sweet Talk and Look What Can Happen

Sometimes, I compare freeway flyers to modern day “Zorros.” Who was that masked man/woman? We come, we teach and conquer, and we go.

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Getting to Know You

My first experience with online learning was in July 2003 as a student. This was before the emergence of online social networking as we know it today.  We were not Linked In and we were not finding all of our long-lost classmates and cousins on Facebook. Students and faculty got to know each other in […]

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Exam Time Could Be Dangerous to Your Health

Writing and delivering good exams is an art that only develops with attention and practice. It is important to imbue students with the sense that exams are important academic rituals.

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Incentive Programs

Seeking to reward ‘intent’ by measuring it with performance is a recipe for unhappiness. Here are some things I do in my classroom to when I want to incentivize either effort or performance, but do not wish to conflate the two.

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Student Writing: Old Habits Die Hard, and Other Clichés

As I’ve said before, critical thinking is important, but if the students can’t figure out how to put their ideas down on the page in a readable way, then no one will care if they thought critically. Even if I explain all of this to the students and they agree that learning methods is what […]

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Digital Bilingualism: I’m a Mac, and a PC…

I am one of those people, I use a Mac. My schools and online students do not know this, as I am mainstream about most things loaded on it.  I use Safari, but have Firefox loaded for certain application.  I use the MS Office 2008 for Mac, so student papers do not come back in […]

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The Freeway Flyer and Community Colleges

Except, upon further reflection, I began to consider some of the things that have been happening in real-life community colleges lately.

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Acts of Creation

As college professors, teaching people how to learn is at the heart of our profession. The activities we assign need to be geared toward that end, and so this post is about tips for creating effective assignments, ones that motivate learning through action.

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  • Students With Speech Impediments in Class: How To Best Help Them Succeed

    By Richard Perez-Pena As his history class at the County College of Morris discussed exploration of the New World, Philip Garber Jr. raised his hand, hoping to ask why China’s 15th-century explorers, who traveled as far as Africa, had not also reached North America. He kept his hand aloft for much of the 75-minute session, but […]

  • SEIU Wins Vote of Loyola’s 326 Adjunct Faculty—College Officials “Disappointed”

    by Linze Rice Adjunct professors at Loyola University “overwhelmingly” voted in favor to unionize Wednesday at a meeting with the National Labor Relations Board. Of 326 faculty members eligible to vote, 224 did — and 63 percent of those voters agreed to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. “Our victory today represents a […]

  • Adjunct Launches Profology—A Social Network for Higher Education

    Bob Ertischek’s experience as an adjunct faculty member at area colleges gave him the idea for Profology, a social network for people working in higher education. It’s a place for college instructors to share information, regardless of where they’re located. And students aren’t allowed. Ertischek, 49, is currently an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, where he […]

  • Evaluating Adjunct Faculty

    by Richard Lyons IN THE INCREASINGLY competitive, accountability-conscious environment of higher education, all of us are seeking cost-effective ways of improving our institutional effectiveness. Assuming your institution, division, or department employs a significant number of part-time instructors, I would encourage you to invest time at the end of this academic year to analyze your process […]

  • 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.

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