May 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
As summer begins for many academics, expectations tend to run high: this is the time when we’ll get to dig into our research, plan innovative new courses, read the new books in our field, or paint the front porch that we didn’t get to last summer. Maybe you feel excited about what the summer will bring — or maybe you also feel some anxiety. The following links offer several different approaches to shift your mindset so as to best take advantage of this season — whatever that means for you.
May 17, 2013, 3:00 pm
The semester is over! Grades have been turned in, the weather is beautiful, possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect time to think about beginning summer projects, and to read up on the digital humanities, one of our favorite fields at ProfHacker. My links in this week’s Weekend Reading focus on some interesting developments in race, ethnicity and literary studies within the digital humanities, social media, and some literary inspiration for beginning your new summer project.
May 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
Today is Commencement at my institution, and so I’ve gathered posts and a video that might fall under the category of “life advice” (considered broadly). Hopefully these will prove engaging for those just graduating and those long graduated who are sending them off.
April 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
We start our semester very early at Northeastern, so I’m writing this on the final day of the regular spring semester. In the spirit of the video clip at the bottom of this post, however, I’m going to keep talking (and thus keep the semester going) for a little while yet, before leaping into that other kind of busyness that defines an academic summer. There’s not really a single cohering theme behind these links; the list is a true potpourri.
April 10, 2013, 11:00 am
After taking its own sweet time, spring arrived in a hurry in Connecticut this week, with back-to-back days at 70 degrees or better. With the arrival of spring temperatures comes the other great seasonal marker on college campuses: faculty members teaching outside.
As an unyielding admirer of air conditioning and other ecologically dubious benefits of civilization, I never take my classes outdoors. It just seems buggy and probably humid. (Plus, if there were advantages to going outside instead reading dutifully at one’s desk, someone would probably have written a poem about it or something. Clearly that hasn’t happened.)
So, ProfHacker readers! Do you occasionally (or regularly!) take your classes outdoors in good weather? Do you have strategies for making that work? For example, how do you manage acoustics? Or mitigate distractions?
Let us know in comments!
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April 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
Somehow it never ceases to amaze me how little people understand higher education, or have registered the pernicious effects of the shift away from full-time, tenure-track faculty over the past three decades. So, for example, here is Kevin Drum, who is a perfectly reasonable person, arguing that while computers might not be as good as readers at an Ivy League school, that’s not a reasonable comparison:
But the vast majority of grading isn’t done by top notch readers given plenty of time. It’s done by harried, mediocre readers. Can machines do as well or better than they do? Probably.
Harried, I’ll grant. The overreliance on adjuncts makes harried more or less par for the course.
But this notion that there is a wide gap–especially when it comes to teaching–between prestigious schools and more downmarket institutions makes me crazy, not least because it plays into higher…
April 3, 2013, 11:00 am
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Hey, it’s Wednesday! I think you know what that means. It’s time for an open thread!
What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and work in higher ed? What would you like to see covered at ProfHacker? Do you have any suggestions for Open Thread topics? Do you have any interesting, ProfHacker-y links to share?
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March 22, 2013, 4:44 pm
You know what? It’s finally spring break on my campus, so I will dispense with the ordinary top-of-the-post pleasantries and disappear into the
mad frenzy of catching up on All. The. Things. blissful idylls of the break. (Though, apropos of that little joke, I like to be mindful of Natalie Houston’s post, “How was your winter break?”)
- Gardner Campbell reflects on how we might trust students to craft internet identities that are “personal, not private”: if we truly desire to protect our learners from themselves, we are failing. They are publishing to the Internet no matter what we say. Human beings typically want to connect with other human beings. Those energies will find an outlet. And my argument here is that we should not be protecting our learners from themselves. We should be trusting them, and aiding them in discovering and using (and teaching us, too) the arts of freedom.
March 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
It’s such an ugly word: MOOC. It’s an acronym for “massive open online course,” something you probably already know if you’ve been paying attention to the latest news about higher education. MOOCs have been all over the news in the last few weeks, in part because the 2013 meeting of SxSWedu took place last week, where these new course delivery platforms were talked up a great deal. The Chronicle has even put together an online resource titled “What You Need to Know About MOOCs.”
Now, The Chronicle sent me to SxSWedu this year, and I’ll have some posts about the experience next week, but I can report for now that one of the big stories is data. Big data. About students and every last detail of their performance in schools. Former Microsoft head Bill Gates gave the closing keynote, in which he argued for the importance of gathering more data and making it easier to share across various …