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For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App

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by Virginia Postrel Yik Yak is a social-media app that in just two years has become an everyday part of the American college experience. If you’ve heard of it, chances are you think it’s awful. It has a terrible reputation as adangerous source of vitriol, threats and ethnic slurs — a reputation only strengthened by recent […]

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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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#Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

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College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher education, […]

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Computer Manufacturers’ Discounts for Adjunct Faculty

by Amy O’Loughlin It is a little known fact that adjunct faculty qualify for computer manufacturer software and hardware discounts. Liz Keefe, an adjunct instructor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, had no idea that she could get a discount directly from a manufacturer. “I’d love to get a discounted computer,” says Keefe. […]

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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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Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students

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During August, just before the start of the new school term, TorrentFreak reported on LibraryPirate, a site with a mission of providing college students with an alternative to continuously rising textbook prices. Bemoaning what he sees as greedy profiteering, LibraryPirate’s admin says the year-old site’s aim is clear. “Our mission is simple and specific,” he told TorrentFreak. […]

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E-Books Gaining Momentum in the Marketplace

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By Peter Osnos On a rainy Sunday afternoon in November, I decided to read historian Antonia Fraser’s Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). Pinter, the playwright, actor, and Nobel Prize winner in literature died of cancer in late 2008, and Fraser, his lover and then wife for more than 30 […]

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Adjuncts Rally for Union at Temple University

by Rosella Eleanor LaFevre The Adjunct Organizing Committee, a group that aims to unionize Temple’s part-time faculty, declared the week of Nov. 16th Adjunct Awareness Week. Members of the committee stood at the Bell Tower around noon every day through Nov. 20th. The AOC has worked for several years to unionize adjuncts. Its goals are […]

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Tomorrow’s Promises — Why the Kindle Won’t Have a Dramatic Impact on College Course Materials for at least Five Years

by Rob Reynolds There has been significant buzz recently about Amazon’s announced plans to create a special version of its Kindle e-book reader of the college market. However, a Kindle reader for the college market will not have a significant impact on the price of textbooks or course materials for at least five years. [Disclosure: […]

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Essay Grading Software

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by Evelyn Beck As an English teacher who has devoted countless nights and weekends, not to mention my formerly keen eyesight, to grading student papers, I have met the news about essay-grading software with a mixture of joy and unease. Is it really possible, I wondered, that a computer might take over a chore that […]

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  • A Quick Guide to the Web’s Best Grant Writing Resources

    by Mark J. Drozdowski STRIP AWAY MY adjunct teaching status, my highfalutin administrative title and my freelance activities, and I’m basically a grant writer (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’ve been writing grants for more than a dozen years, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate what constitutes good form. When I […]

  • College Temps Carry the Load in Florida

    by Tina Trent As the legislative session begins, so begins two annual, highly publicized tantrums: Tenured faculty at Florida research universities, who earn an average of $98,907 a year, threaten to depart for other states because they feel inadequately appreciated and reimbursed (the dreaded brain drain). Meanwhile, state legislators hysterically oppose any effort to raise […]

  • Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

    by P.D. Lesko For those who work within the field of higher education in the United States, finding industry-related news can be a chore. Of course, there is The Chronicle of Higher Education. The weekly newspaper strives to examine higher education with the detail of an electron microscope. Don’t get me wrong, I (and evidently […]

  • MCC Approves New Adjunct Contract

    The McHenry County College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new adjunct faculty deal aimed at keeping their part-time employees at the college. The new four-year contract includes salary increases each year, a move designed to attract and retain staff that otherwise may have chosen other community colleges based on pay, according to officials. […]

  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

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