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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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On-Line Lingo 101

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Analog: A signal that is received in the same form in which it is transmitted, while the amplitude and frequency may vary. Amplitude: The amount of variety in a signal. Commonly thought of as the height of a wave. American Standard Code for Information Interexchange (ASCII): A computer language used to convert letters, numbers, and […]

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  • Union Fights Cuts To FT Faculty Overload Pay That College Prez Wants To Give to PTers

    By Joe Piasecki Faculty and administrators are at an impasse as Pasadena City College seeks to forge a new teacher contract to replace one that expired in June. The administration’s proposal would limit the earning potential of veteran instructors and switch to a trimester system. PCC President Mark Rocha said the changes would make classes […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Review of Steal This University

    by Vicki Urquhart History professors Benjamin Johnson and Kevin Mattson, and union representative Patrick Kavanagh, provide an insider’s look at the academic labor movement in Steal This University. Labor activists all, they speak with one voice to warn of the imminent demise of the professoriate and the simultaneous rise of the corporate university. “The use […]

  • Teaching in Hungary Revitalizes One Adjunct’s Love For the Classroom

    by Anthony Akers In the Fall of last year, I submitted my last will and testament of my teaching career to the readers of this publication, and my argument was simple: “Working as an adjunct is hell; we all know this; we can’t do much about it, so if you hope for enlightenment and freedom […]

  • Study of 3.1 Million Tweets Reveals Top Five Reasons Why College Students Skip Classes

    Class120, a technology designed to help improve student success in higher education, teamed up with the social media analysis company Crimson Hexagon to find out why college students skip class. “Early on in the process of creating Class120, I remember reading a quote from a professor alleging our college students are the only consumers that […]

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