Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App

For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App

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 […]

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 […]

#Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

#Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

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, […]

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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. […]

E-Books Gaining Momentum in the Marketplace

E-Books Gaining Momentum in the Marketplace

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]