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A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2016; $26.95) Reviewed by Christina Turner Symbols of the neoliberal university in Canada are so common these days it’s hard not to feel inured to them sometimes. Stories of $1 million signs going up next […]

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New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

Older Americans are a bit more likely than their younger counterparts not to have read a book. Some 29 percent of adults ages 50 and older have not read a book in the past year, compared with 23 percent of adults under 50.

The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

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

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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 […]

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Adjunct Writes Guidebook on Thriving in the Online Classroom

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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 […]

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How Bloom’s Toxonomy Can Make You a Better Teacher

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Used with permission from A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teacher’s of Adults, 7th ed. by Dr. Donald Grieve, Ed.D. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives If there is a single paradigm that has stood the test of time in education it is Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Bloom et al., 1956). Published more than half […]

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A Round-up of the Best Books on College Teaching

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by Linda B. Nilson We can’t keep up with our own discipline’s research, so how are we supposed to stay abreast of the college teaching literature? Let me make it a little easier for you. Here are six recently published books that capture what I think are the latest and most important developments and trends […]

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

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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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Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

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by Anne Fischer The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich ISBN: 978-1610391733 288 pages On March 18, 1970, over one hundred activists occupied the offices of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Under the banner of the magazine’s slogan “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” […]

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John Wiley & Sons Sues Hundreds For Copyright Infringement & Illegal Downloads of Digital Books

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by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

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Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

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by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

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  • New Data Reveals Sky-High Default Rates at Career Colleges

    by Stephen Burd A day after the U.S. Department of Education released three-year cohort default rates for federal student loans, for-profit college leaders and lobbyists are breathing a sigh of relief. Apparently their investors are too, judging by the rise in some of the education companies’ stock prices yesterday. While the news was certainly not […]

  • Excuse Me, Are Those Flip Flops You’re Wearing?

    by James Whitley Today’s adult learners are far different from their predecessors of less than a decade ago. Almost without notice we are in the midst of a radical demographic tsunami which is altering the American landscape in everything from religion and health care, to business and education. Dubbed “Generation Why,” this powerful group in […]

  • Supreme Court Could Hear Second Legal Challenge to Forced Agency Fees Paid by Tens of Thousands of Adjunct Union Members

    There is a case pending in the Seventh Circuit, Janus v. AFSCME, in which three Illinois state employees argue they shouldn’t have to pay “fair share” union dues. Whether it’s that case or another, most of the jurists President Trump has proposed would at least be open to the arguments against mandatory dues, Pell said.

  • ISU Nontenure-Track Faculty Organize

    by Gretchen E. Knapp Nontenure-track faculty at Illinois State University have formed the ISU Nontenure-track Faculty Association, IEA-NEA , which launched its organizing campaign on April 2. Nontenure-track faculty are fulltime and part-time temporary employees on one-semester or one-year contracts. Over 400, or 40 percent, of ISU’s faculty are nontenure-track (NTT). The ISU NTT FA seeks to address the concerns […]

  • Paradigm Shift: More than 40 Percent of College Students Now Adult Learners

    By Joseph Dussault Each year, legions of adult learners – that is, students who are 25 years old or older – take a first or second chance at higher education. This growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn. But until now, there was no large-scale ranking of colleges that cater to […]

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