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Home » February 29th, 2012 Entries posted on “February, 2012”

“Critical Thinking” – The Online Education Buzz-Phrase

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by Robert Borger It seems to me that the new buzzword in online education is “Critical Thinking.”  I just completed a Webinar about the topic last month, have plenty of messages about how to increase critical thinking with my students, and see it come up in grading templates and rubrics continually.  This is something that […]

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The New Conservative Presidential Candidate: College is For Morons

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By P.D. Lesko In live in Michigan and at the moment, I wish that I didn’t. Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are fighting it out for the state’s delegates and it’s, well, one of the most tedious, repetitive, breathy news cycle I have lived through in quite some time. There are panting press […]

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Should Online Students Get to Choose Their Instructor(s)?

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA When students enroll in online classes, they often do not get to choose their instructors for and may not find out who the instructor for a particular class will be until the class starts. The question to consider is whether or not it would be of benefit for students […]

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60K FT & PT Faculty In Taiwan Unionize Together

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by Lee I-chia A trade union comprised of faculty and staff from the nation’s institutes of higher education was officially established yesterday, calling for better labor conditions, democratic governance of universities, and academic freedom and fairness in distributing the nation’s educational resources. According to Taiwan Higher Education Union statistics, there are at least 60,000 full-time […]

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California College & Union Drop the Ball on Health Insurance Fund for Part-Timers

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Part-time faculty members at Palomar College say they’re terrified of losing health insurance since the college has depleted the money it set aside for that benefit this year. The dispute reflects the tense labor negotiations under way at the college, and touches on the role and rights of part-time instructors. The college allots $138,000 for […]

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American University Adjuncts Vote to Unionize With SEIU

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Adjunct faculty at American University voted to unionize Thursday, following the lead of their peers at George Washington University and Montgomery College. Adjuncts are the temps of higher education. They make up more than half of all college faculty nationwide, but most work part-time “for very low wages with no benefits, job security, administrative support or […]

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New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

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by Sean Nealson Full-time non-tenure track faculty at colleges and universities lack a professional identity and a sense of self worth, according to interviews with these faculty members that formed the basis of a recently published paper co-authored by a University of California, Riverside professor. John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at […]

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New Faculty Majority Faces Same Old Problems & Offers Same Old Solutions

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By P.D. Lesko Don’t get me wrong. The New Faculty Majority is filled with dedicated, intelligent and passionate individuals committed to effecting lasting change within higher education. Some of them are the same dedicated, intelligent and passionate individuals who have been speaking out on behalf of faculty off the tenure-track for the past 20 years […]

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Book Review: “How Economics Shapes Science”

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By Beryl Lieff Benderly “Follow the money!” According to the film All the President’s Men, this advice from the shadowy informant known as Deep Throat guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in cracking the Watergate conspiracy. The strategy also serves Georgia State University economist Paula Stephan extremely well in her illuminating and accessible new book, How Economics […]

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  • Giving Students Feedback Effectively

    Feedback should be: Timely Supportive Geared toward improvement Focused on the work, not on the person Selective What does the student most need to know in order to improve? What is the student capable of understanding/doing at this time?What will give the student the biggest “pay-off” in terms of improvement? Give more feedback earlier, less […]

  • Breathless Beauty: Share the secret of undiscovered Bolivia

    by Jacqueline McEwan If I’m unlucky my day starts with the electronic beep-beep I loathe. The 6 a.m. alarm ready for a 7 a.m. class. Yes, 7 a.m….the most popular time for classes here, though often it’s only the teacher who actually makes it on time. Possessing the Bolivian work ethic and a desperate need […]

  • Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

    by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty requires […]

  • Review of The Teaching Professor

    by Mark J. Drozdowski Each week I receive my fair share of unsolicited newsletters of various ilk. For a price, they promise to help me raise more money, become a better public speaker, reduce stress, manage people or time more effectively, or somehow improve my job performance and make me a happier camper. In most […]

  • FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds

    by P.D. Lesko At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (303) make up the majority of the 443 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the […]

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