05 mai 2014

The Degree Vertical

By Steven Mintz. The number one challenge facing public higher education is to exponentially improve rates of student engagement, persistence, and graduation, especially among those demographics, such as commuter, working, and part-time students, with historically low retention and completion rates. The standard explanations for student failure focus on high schools (and their supposed failure to provide students with the preparation and study skills necessary for post-secondary success), college professors (who allegedly prioritize scholarship over teaching and mentoring), and the students themselves (who purportedly privilege work and campus life rather than their studies). Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:24 - - Permalien [#]

Spring Books

By Joshua Kim. It has been a couple of months since we last checked in on the books that we’ve been reading.
I’m curious about what you’ve been reading in the last couple of months, and I have some recommendations for you:
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Sava. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:21 - - Permalien [#]

Can Book Lovers Stand Up to Amazon?

By Joshua Kim. How should book lovers think about Amazon.com?
On the one hand, Amazon has been the best thing that could have happened to book geeks. Amazon’s development of the Kindle and Audible ecosystems has ensured that we can get new books in digital formats, at prices closer to what we used to have pay for paperbacks. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:20 - - Permalien [#]

5 Ideas for Reading More Books

By Joshua Kim. When do you find the time and energy to read books?  
Neither (time or energy) is in particularly abundant supply in our lives. 
How many e-mails will you read and write today? How many meetings will you have? How much information will you need to absorb? 
We all want to read more books, but this goal is often more aspirational than feasible. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:18 - - Permalien [#]

3 Internal Questions for Non-Profit / For-Profit Online Program Partnerships

By Joshua Kim. Many of us have been closely following the 2U Semester Online story. The fact that the 2U and its partners have chosen not to continue the Semester Online program should not obscure the larger story about the growth of not-for-profit / for-profit partnerships in developing online learning programs. These partnerships will continue to grow, as more schools become comfortable with the idea of bringing in a for-profit partner to develop academic programs, and as the for-profit online course development industry continues to consolidate and mature. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:17 - - Permalien [#]

The Problem With Assumptions

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Erin Bedford and Kelly Hanson. This post began as a glimmer of hope, and perhaps a little delusion. When those of us in the humanities look at the narratives about academia flooding the internet--there are no jobsadjunctificationoffers pulledfunding cut, and so on--we sometimes get thinking that those in the sciences tend to have it better. More consistent funding. Easier publishing opportunities. Jobs at the end of the tunnel. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:14 - - Permalien [#]

Creativity for Work and Play

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Laura B. McGrath. A few weeks ago, I asked complete strangers to write on me with markers. I had no idea what they would write, or if they would write anything at all. But write on me they did: on my arms, back, and shoulders, they wrote a collective poem, and then I made that poem dance, twirl, and do push-ups. It was a powerful experience, for me and for the poet-strangers. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:12 - - Permalien [#]

Promotional Considerations

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. I’ve just been noodling around ideas about libraries drawn from my very limited knowledge of the digital humanities and find myself bumping up against the issue of “impact.”
As Jeffrey Schnapp describes digital humanities, it’s an array of practices that are often collaborative, project-based, and public-facing. Libraries, archives, and museums can be both classrooms and laboratories for this collaborative project work and can support making work public. As he writes in his Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities, these cultural institutions are make spaces for inquiry. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:09 - - Permalien [#]

Cutting Corners

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Laura Tropp. Every year, around the end of the semester/ school year, my husband and I enter what we call “crisis-mode.” This is the time of the year when we have to read semester-long papers, wind down our grading, finish up advising the stragglers, and hurriedly write those administrative reports coming due. Like a perfect storm, it’s also the time when weekends are taken up by activities such as weddings, showers, school shows, and outdoor events. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:06 - - Permalien [#]

Math Geek Mom: Finding a New Equilibrium

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Rosemarie Emanuele. One of the first topics studied in a Principles of Economics course involves the shifting of curves. Downward sloping demand curves (price and quantity values at which consumers are willing to purchase goods) and upward sloping supply curves (combinations of price and quantity at which suppliers are willing to offer goods) are united in an equilibrium where there is no pressure for the price to change. These relationships are often presented as straight lines that shift up and down or back and forth. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:04 - - Permalien [#]