The Mind-Set List, Faculty Edition

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In the spirit of the Beloit Mindset Lists, Robert Scherrer over at Inside Higher Ed written his own list with various point about the college years of the “typical 50-something professor.”

Here is his top 10 items:

  1. There was only one computer on campus. It was called “the computer.”
  2. The computer administrators knew everyone’s password.
  3. The computer crashed sporadically for no apparent reason. When it went down, everyone was out of luck.
  4. There was only one phone company. It was called “the phone company.”
  5. The phone company charged exorbitant rates for long-distance calls, so students saved money by calling home after 11 p.m. or on weekends.
  6. Roommates shared a single phone provided with their room. It was connected by a cable to an outlet in the wall. The phone couldn’t talk.
  7. The phone came with a phone book that listed telephone numbers, although most students memorized the numbers of their friends and relatives.
  8. A student who was not in their room was impossible to reach on the phone.
  9. Those who couldn’t afford to phone home could write letters, a precursor to email. These were hand delivered and took two to four days to arrive.
  10. Booking a flight home required the services of an oracle called a travel agent, who alone had access to the inscrutable airline flight schedules.

The remainder of the list is here.

This Beloit list for this year (class of 2021) is here.

Beloit Midset List for the Class of 2021

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Beloit College has released its Midset list for 2021.   The list is compiled by Tom McBride, Ron Nief, and Charles Westerberg.

The new class are students who were born in 1999.  None of these people have been alive during these students’ lifetimes: Joe DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Walter Payton, and Dusty Springfield.

Here are the top 10 items:

  1. Their classmates could include Eddie Murphy’s Zola and Mel Gibson’s Tommy, or Jackie Evancho singing down the hall.
  2. They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials —  enter next year, on cue, Generation Z! 
  3. They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.
  4. Electronic signatures have always been as legally binding as the pen-on-paper kind.
  5. In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers, who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.
  6. eHarmony has always offered an algorithm for happiness.
  7. Peanuts comic strips have always been repeats.
  8. They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.
  9. They have never found Mutual Broadcasting or Westinghouse Group W on the radio dial, but XM has always offered radio programming for a fee.
  10. There have always been emojis to cheer us up.

The rest of the list is here.

Past lists are here.

Video podcast by the authors on the 2021 list.

The guide for starting discussions about the list.

Adjuncts, Social Media, and Academic Freedom

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Inside Higher Ed has an article today called “Adjuncts Under Fire?” which looks at academic freedom in some recent cases of adjuncts suffering for posts to social media or appearances in the media.

The article mostly looks at this from an “academic freedom” perspective.  I would argue that there is something bigger here than academic freedom.  The things posted by Lars Maischak (“To save American democracy, Trump must hang.  The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism”) and by Kevin Allred (he said he wished someone “would just shoot [Trump] outright.”) are felonious utterances under the United States Code Title 18, Section 871.  (For a quick overview of this statute see here.)  Not surprising this is not the first time Allred has paid a price for his tweets. Continue reading “Adjuncts, Social Media, and Academic Freedom”

Article – Leopard-Print Leggins and iPhones In Class: How Do We Teach Professionalism?

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This Guardian has an interesting article on professionalism in higher education.  It is by a anonymous PhD student who works in a clinical setting teaching undergraduates.  He is concerned about how we are providing training in professionalism and finds it troubling that his students show up to clinical settings, late, “wearing platform, open-toed shoes accompanied by leopard print leggings,” play with their cell phones, and address patients in a too informal way.

One of his concerns is research showing adverse outcomes related to unprofessional behavior (like not dressing appropriately).  Also he points to research showing patient perceptions  of professional competence was associate with professional attire and behavior.  While his concerns are in the dental field, it is clearly an issue throughout the working world. Continue reading “Article – Leopard-Print Leggins and iPhones In Class: How Do We Teach Professionalism?”

Webinar On Open Educational Resources

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Inside Higher Education is offering a webinar on Open Educational Resources called “The OER Moment.”  Here is there description:

The movement for open educational resources – free online materials to use instead of or in addition to textbooks – is experiencing unprecedented momentum. OER resources have proliferated, while concerns about all of the costs of attending college (including textbooks) have continued to grow. The combination is creating an OER moment.

Topics to be discussed during this webinar include:

  • National initiatives and campus-based efforts to promote the use of open educational resources OER
  • Placing OER within the context of other pushes for change in higher education
  • Some of the challenges that remain for OER

Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these topics Tuesday, July 18 at 2:00 PM ET.

For other posts on Open Educational Resources go here.Register here.

Article: Indiana U Expands Active Learning Initiative

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This article has good overview of Indiana University’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative.  The expansion brings 14 more Mosaic Fellows, which are

“faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.”

The IU Mosaic site is here.

Webinar: Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative

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This is a webinar by Inside Higher Ed and Blackboard on accessible, inclusive education.

This is from their website:

Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative

Institutions across higher education are seeing an increasing emphasis on the expectations established in accessibility laws and rulings that have been handed down by the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. As online programs grow and understanding of student needs increases, institutions need to provide both content and tools for learners with varying needs.

Continue reading “Webinar: Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative”