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Home » August 31st, 2015 Entries posted on “August, 2015”

Are You Ready for These New Education Technology Fads and Trends?

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by Frank Catalano At one point in early May, three different edtech conferences overlapped in the San Francisco Bay Area in the same week: NewSchools Venture Fund’s invitation-only NewSchools Summit, the Software and Information Industry Association’s annual Education Industry Summit, and the U.S. Office of Education Technology’s Future Ready Summit. Coming on the heels of other high-elevation edtech […]

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PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

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The union representing Massachusetts’ community college professors has been ordered by an independent arbitrator to uphold the results of a March 2015 statewide election for two adjunct representatives to its board. The Massachusetts Community College Council represents nearly 1,600 full time and more than 4,000 adjunct professors teaching at the state’s 15 community colleges. The […]

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New Research: In Faculty Evals, Students Fall Back on Gender Stereotypes

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by Matthew Reisz French research finds that undergraduates give higher scores to male teachers Research from France offers evidence that “students appear to rate teachers according to gender stereotypes”, with male students giving higher scores to male lecturers. That is the conclusion of a paper by Anne Boring, a postdoctoral researcher at L’Institut d’Études Politiques […]

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British University Rejects Criticism for Using Academic Title of “Hourly Paid Lecturers” for Some Temp. Faculty

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by Jack Grove With so many variations of lecturer, fellow, reader and professor – such as senior, associate, visiting and principal – academic job titles are sometimes seen as confusing for British students. But a rather blunt job description of “hourly paid lecturer” used by the University of Lincoln has attracted criticism for a different reason. A […]

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Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

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by Toxteth Appleteat Editor’s note: This is satire, and hopefully not a predictor. For Immediate Release INTRODUCING FREEDOM UNIVERSITY Leading the way in for-profit education Freedom University (FU) is the first of its kind to offer an education dedicated to mass, fast-track degree completion programs, without the burden of faculty bogging down the process. FU […]

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Study of 3.1 Million Tweets Reveals Top Five Reasons Why College Students Skip Classes

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Class120, a technology designed to help improve student success in higher education, teamed up with the social media analysis company Crimson Hexagon to find out why college students skip class. “Early on in the process of creating Class120, I remember reading a quote from a professor alleging our college students are the only consumers that […]

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Satire: Adjunct Hunger Strike Fails. No One Noticed the Difference.

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The National Adjunct United Coalition (NAUC) ended its hunger strike this week when leaders realized no one had noticed. “We had 300 part-time faculty participate in the campaign this semester, and we’re devastated that their efforts were fruitless,” said NAUC President Samuel Gayle. “I teach at six local colleges and I can’t afford health care,” […]

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Is It My Fault If I Can’t Find FT Teaching?

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by Jill Darling I started writing this mini-essay project on contingency at the beginning of the year, and thought I would continue for the duration of 2015. But now I think I am done here. I will say, it has often helped. Writing can often help. There are so many issues in the higher ed world, the […]

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Book Review: ‘Building a Better Teacher,’ on Secrets of Good Teaching by Elizabeth Green

Building A Better Teacher

By Michael S. Roth BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) By Elizabeth Green Norton. 372 pp. $27.95   America has some of the best schools on the planet and one of the worst systems of education in the developed world. We have produced educational philosophies that have inspired […]

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Of Fast Food Academics: Adjuncts, Medicaid & Food Stamps

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by Laura Finley The workers’ rights movement has exploded in the last few years, with fast food, agricultural and other workers staging strikes and other nonviolent actions to demand increased wages, benefits and better working conditions. One group of workers that has received far too little attention is adjunct college professors—those who are hired on a […]

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  • Putting Together a Roadside Emergency Kit

    by P.D. Lesko Have you ever been in this scenario? It’s 7 a.m.; you’re driving to your first class of the day. You know in an instant that something’s wrong. Controlling the vehicle becomes increasingly difficult and you ease the car to the side of the road. Getting out, you see that the left rear […]

  • George Mason U Students Study Their Adjuncts

    Molly Greenberg A new George Mason University study on adjunct faculty may be the “most comprehensive study of one institution’s adjunct faculty working conditions ever.” The report, appropriately named “Indispensable but Invisible,” is based on a survey completed by 241 adjunct at George Mason and conducted by the Public Sociology Association made up of George […]

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

    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 […]

  • DOL Audit of Columbia College of Chicago PT Faculty Union Finances Exposes Multiple Violations

    by Megan Bennett P-fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has undertaken measures to restructure its expense reporting following a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor that found nearly 20 violations of recordkeeping, reporting and other financial requirements between 2013-2014, according to union President Diana Vallera. In a May 26 audit letter from the DOL’s […]

  • Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

    by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

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