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Home » July 30th, 2013 Entries posted on “July, 2013”

San Jose State MOOC Experiment Suggests MOOC Pushers May Be Selling Snake Oil

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by Michael Hiltzik Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn’t taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up […]

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Unionization Boosts Pay For Adjunct Faculty, But Adjuncts Deserve More Than a Boost

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by P.D. Lesko Science, the magazine, posted this to the Careers section of its website on July 29th: For the 37% of America’s college and university teachers who are adjuncts working part-time and off the tenure track, unionization makes a difference, reports Inside Higher Ed. In the past few years, adjuncts on a small but growing number of campuses […]

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Do MOOCs Spell Disaster For Adjunct Faculty?

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by David S. D’Angelo Within higher education, non-tenured faculty are not only on the front lines of higher education, their jobs are most often impacted tremendously by technological and political changes that impact higher education. Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act) has had a devastating impact on part-time faculty from Florida to […]

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Summer Semester Blues

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by Emily Van Duyne For the humble adjunct, or at least for this one, the semester break is not the greatest time. My last paltry paycheck for spring 2013 has already cleared (and been spent on bills) and my summer sections are about three weeks away. I always have grand plans– write poems! revise that […]

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Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct

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by Laurie White Other things you might miss once they’re not there anymore include paid sick leave, paid time off, and a chunk of a bi-weekly paycheck I took for granted for a very long time. Like many idealistic people who dare to dream of occupational change at mid-life, I let these things go on […]

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Did PTer Protests Cost Adjunct David Petraeus $199,999? CUNY Cuts $200K Salary To $1

CIA Director Petraeus And Director Of Nat'l Intel. Clapper Testify To House Committee

Adjunct faculty, who currently teach more than half of CUNY’s courses, get just a few thousand dollars per course. Two weeks ago, Gawker Media filed a Freedom of Information Act request and learned that the City University of New York was offering General David Petraeus a $200,000 salary for conducting a seminar on “developments that could position […]

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1,464 PT Faculty Jobs On the Line At City College of San Francisco Thanks To Accreditation Mess

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by P.D. Lesko At the City College of San Francisco, there are more than 3,000 jobs on the line thanks to the decision of the accrediting agency to pull CCSF’s accreditation. Among those 3,000 people who will lose their jobs if administrators don’t come up with a solution quickly, are some 1,464 part-time faculty. It […]

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PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

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by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

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  • Science: The Journal of the AAAS

    by Chris Cumo SCIENCE, THE JOURNAL of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is arguably the most influential periodical of its kind. Its 160,000 subscribers make it the largest peer-reviewed scientific journal. The AAAS publishes Science weekly, giving it a currency few journals in any discipline can match. Article topics range from recombinant DNA to […]

  • Teaching TEFL in Hong Kong is an Uphill Struggle

    The teachers are comfortable with the lack of pressure for results and the easy pace of the curriculum, and they also accept quite happily that the majority of students can’t wait to leave the school at the end of every day instead of staying behind for one of the many club activities that other schools are so busy with.

  • Reviewing the Situation

    I walk my kids to school on Monday mornings. They chatter away about whatever their latest interests are, and I listen. Walking them means I get started with work a little later than usual. Generally, I am in my office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., pretty standard hours. However, it takes […]

  • La Vida Ecuadoriana: Teaching English in Ecuador.

    by Michael D’Entremont A FEW YEARS ago, I saw a film at the Smithsonian Institute about the Galapagos Islands. When I saw the sea lions and the penguins lumbering and sunning themselves on the volcanic rock, I knew that I would go there someday. In February 2003, I began to ask myself, why not this […]

  • 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 […]

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