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Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

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by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

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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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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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InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage

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by Mark Drozdowski When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it […]

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A Round-up of the Best Teaching Abroad Blogs

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  by Greg Beatty Maybe you’re tired of the job prospects here at home. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel. Shoot, maybe you’re just restless. You’re scanning the Chronicle and a job opening catches your eye. Where exactly is Tashkent? What would it be like to teach in Turkey—and are the challenges greater than teaching […]

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Distance Education On-Line Resource Round-up

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by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than […]

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Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

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by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

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Surfing America’s Great Libraries

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by Mark J. Drozdowski America is blessed with some of the world’s great libraries. And nowadays, thanks to advances in technology, many of them have catalogued their collections on-line, giving teachers and scholars access to vast arrays of information. But just how useful are these top libraries’ Web sites? To answer that question, I took […]

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Getting to Know ED

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by Mark Drozdowski IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefersthe simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad, http://www.ed.gov>, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To be sure, Ed sometimes […]

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  • Study Examines Whether Online Adjuncts Have it any Better Than Their On Campus Counterparts

    by Meris Stansbury According to a new report, online adjunct faculty are experiencing many of the same challenges as on-campus adjuncts, mainly because the same policies governing on-campus adjuncts are used for those in online programs. But that’s only the tip of the online adjunct practice iceberg. According to the report—a joint project of WCET […]

  • Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

    by Evelyn Beck Adjuncts are at the heart of a battle brewing on American campuses about academic freedom in on-line teaching. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that distance education courses which have been designed in whole or in part by full-time faculty are being turned over to part-time instructors who are expected to […]

  • To Be or Not To Be (in a Unified Union Local)

    Ideally, union membership will benefit all members equally. It’s a simple system, in theory: faculty unionize, pay dues, and bargain collectively. Everyone benefits. In practice, however, particularly as the numbers of part-time faculty continue to rise, the mechanics of union representation have become more complicated, even politicized. Full-time faculty, in many instances, compete with part-time […]

  • When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

    Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas Kostrzewa, […]

  • Minorities Teaching Abroad

    by Jeannie-Barry Sanders I interviewed nineteen minority teachers born and educated in the USA, asking them to discuss the special challenges they faced while teaching abroad. While some minority educators say they found themselves at times having to explain race relations in the United States, and some state that media portrayal of American minorities contributes to a […]

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