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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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,” […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Of Fast Food Academics: Adjuncts, Medicaid & Food Stamps

Of Fast Food Academics: Adjuncts, Medicaid & Food Stamps

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 […]