Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega Earlier this week, I realized that we had passed the mid-semester mark (our semester is uncharacteristically long, 16 weeks of class instead of the traditional 13 that I used to teach in Canada). I thus added a couple of extra slides to my PowerPoint presentation recapping our progress to date and how […]

Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

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.

Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

by Bent Meier Sørensen Any university teacher who does not harbor a painful recollection of a failed lecture is a liar. On one such occasion, I felt early on that I had lost the students entirely: those who hadn’t sunk into comatose oblivion were listless and anxious. Ungracefully, I threw myself even deeper into my PowerPoint […]

Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes)

Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes)

If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your concerns. The film is a compelling account of how special interests collude to weaken public universities.

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power […]

Adjunct Unions in the World of Catholic Higher Ed

Adjunct Unions in the World of Catholic Higher Ed

by Menachem Wecker When Ben Stork applies for full-time teaching jobs, the adjunct film studies professor knows his résumé lands in voluminous piles. “When I’m granted a rejection letter, it almost always comes with the first line, ‘We received between 300 and 500 applications for this position,’ ” he said. “That gives you a sense […]

Print vs. Digital Books? The Majority of Americans Still Favor Print

Print vs. Digital Books? The Majority of Americans Still Favor Print

by Andrew Perrin A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number […]

Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday. Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an […]

LIU-Brooklyn Faculty Lockout: Why Americans Don’t Care

LIU-Brooklyn Faculty Lockout: Why Americans Don’t Care

by P.D. Lesko From The Atlantic (Monthly) to the Pacific, newspapers, magazines, online education news sites, columnists, bloggers, pundits, activists, unionists, Facebook friends and Tweeps worked the “Je Suis Charlie” angle hard on behalf of the 400 faculty whom the President of Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU-Brooklyn) locked out for 12 days in response to a […]

Adjunct Writes Guidebook on Thriving in the Online Classroom

Adjunct Writes Guidebook on Thriving in the Online Classroom

by Cindy O’Dell Taking a completely online class can be a case of sink or swim, says Jeffrey M. Welch, an adjunct professor in the School of Education. After more than nine years of teaching at Brandman in both blended and online classes, as well as seeing how online learning is moving into K-12 classrooms […]