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”
Inside Higher Ed has a piece about the trend in classroom response systems. As smart phones have become ubiquitous, many are moving to smartphone apps and moving away from traditional clicker systems, even clicker stalwarts like Pennsylvania State University. Some clicker companies like Turning Technologies and Macmillan (iClicker) offer both clickers and apps.
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.
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.Continue reading “Webinar On Open Educational Resources”
In this TED Talks video Salman Khan discusses teaching for “Mastery.” The video description says:
“Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.”
The recording for the recent Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative is now available from Inside Higher Ed. For more information on this webinar and the presenters check out this post.
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.”
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.
Generation Z has different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations that may cause you to rethink your recruitment and retention strategies. American Student Assistance has provided this infographic with some insights into Generation z. A PDF of this infographic is available here.
Schools are using the power of social networks to attract potential students, interact with current students and stay connected with alumni. American Student Assistance has released this infographic with some social media insights that may help schools interact with their students in a more positive way. A PDF of this infographic is available here.