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

In classes with no computer-based assignments, how about asking students to leave their laptops behind when they come to class? (Photo: Flickr)

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.

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty Certification

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The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized […]

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San Jose State MOOC Experiment Suggests MOOC Pushers May Be Selling Snake Oil

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by Michael Hiltzik Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn’t taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up […]

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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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The edu-Tweet Movement Becomes a Lifeline for Faculty

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by Emma Brown After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt. Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing. Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she discovered […]

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Netiquette Rules

by Christine Mainka Has it ever happened to you? Your friend or colleague sent you an amusing email. You quickly composed a clever riposte. You clicked “send.” And then you had second thoughts: Oh dear, I forgot that X is a little vulnerable in that area; she might take it up the wrong way; I […]

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The Newest and Best Search Engine Tools

by Evelyn Beck YOU MAY NEVER have met Archie, but perhaps you’ve spent some time with Gopher or Jeeves. Looking back through search engine history is a bit like browsing through a little black book. It was 1990 when Archie, the first search engine, premiered. Then came Gopher and then many more, including Excite, Yahoo, […]

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  • A Review of Campus, Inc.

    by Diane Calabrese Campus, Inc.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower Edited by Geoffrey D. White, Ph.D. with Flannery C. Hauck 2001–Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York IN SHORT, THE authors of the 30 chapters in this book have this to say: corporations hold the power at institutions of higher education (and in other sectors of society). […]

  • Adjunct Launches Profology—A Social Network for Higher Education

    Bob Ertischek’s experience as an adjunct faculty member at area colleges gave him the idea for Profology, a social network for people working in higher education. It’s a place for college instructors to share information, regardless of where they’re located. And students aren’t allowed. Ertischek, 49, is currently an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, where he […]

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

    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 […]

  • Eleven of the Hottest Software Programs for Distance Learning: Don’t Boot Your Computer without Them

        by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. Distance learning faculty are experiencing the Chinese proverb, “May you live in exciting times.” Computers are fully integrated into our lives. Technological advances with increased memory capacity and processing speed available on today’s computers allow us to perform tasks not possible at the close of the millennium. Would […]

  • Review of “On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search”

    By Greg Beatty Sandra Barnes’ On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search is a useful, fascinating, and at times markedly depressing book. Let me address each of the volume’s qualities in turn. The utility of On the Market is unmistakable. No, I’ll go further. I wish I’d been given a copy of […]

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