Academic precarity and other-blaming
I think I am going to commission a saint painting (Byzantine style, of course) of Paul Prinsloo (I just need to find a clever Saint Epithet for him). Here is another though process sparked by something he shared recently on his Facebook. Paul shared this blog post without comment (I swear, sometimes I feel like this is an online class he's conducting and we're all participating in a massive
Loyalty a one way street?
[Warning: longer than usual post] Recently I came across an article on InsideHigherEd titled In Higher Ed, Loyalty Is a One-Way Street, and the tagline was "Loyalty of students and faculty is often demanded. Is it returned?" The main thesis of the article is that in higher education the job you're in is the job you're in unless you apply for another job and get in, at which point you can
Wed, Feb 15 2017 01:30 | academia, Employment, institutionalMemory, knowledgeManagement, Management, work
It's been a long time since I've blogged about something educational, other than my classes of course. With one thing down (and a million more to go), I decided to take a little breather to see what's accumulated on Pocket over these past few months. I saw a post by Martin Weller on Institutional Memory, and it seemed quite pertinent to my day to day work existence these past six or so
Crazy semester, crazy year, coming to an end...
Sat, Dec 31 2016 10:07 | #vconnecting, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE805, Management, PhD, qualitative, research, school
So, vacation has begun! I've gotten out my movies, video games, and comic books that I want to read, play, or view in the next 20 days until school starts again! Before that though, I wanted to have a quick look back, a year end review if you will, at this past academic year. Wow... Now that was a crazy year! Yes, there was a lot going on in the global and political arenas, but (just
Sat, Nov 14 2015 10:24 | EDDE803, gamification, gaming, instructionalDesign, Management, MBA, motivation, MSIT, simulation
One of the presentations this week in EDDE 803 was from a fellow classmate that talked a bit about simulations. In the ensuing discussion I was reminded of a course I took as part of my MBA which used simulations. I thought that this would be a worthwhile post for here (as well as class) - at the very least it's one chronicle of my learning journey prior to the EdD.Queue flashback visuals
Are job titles passé?
I was reading this post on InsideHigherEd the other day by Joshua Kim. The post, A plague of directors, which was a bit comical; the mental image that came to mind was one of plague carrying zombies with name tags that said "director" - yeah, I know, sometimes my imagination runs wild and comical video games like Plants vs. Zombies get mixed in with titles like Josh's.Joshua wonders if
Valuing teaching...and teacher effort expectations
Thu, Sep 3 2015 03:30 | #digped, equity, HR, INSDSG, INSDSG601, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, Management, teaching
Yesterday another faculty member took on the role and responsibilities of department chair. This is quite exciting for a variety of reasons, but one of them that comes to mind is that I get to experience things anew. "Training" a new department chair, even though my colleague and I report to them, provides an opportunity to explain to someone new what the operating rules of the university
What's the point of (higher) education?
Mon, Aug 3 2015 04:30 | adjuncts, Campus Technology, Conference, education, faculty, governance, instructionalDesign, keynote, Management, onlineLearning
With Campus Technology behind us, I've got some free time to compose some thoughts on what I experienced this year in Boston. I like going to Campus Tech each year as I have an opportunity to attend some sessions, see what the EdTech vendors are up to, and meet with new and existing colleagues. One of the keynotes this year, by SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University) President was really
Should faculty be 12-month employees?
I guess today I will be taking off my "Instructional Designer" cap, and putting on my "Higher Education Administration" cap. My career in higher education goes back to the days of me being a work-study student, working for the department of Media Services, providing all those nice A/V equipment that professors use as part of their course. Since then I've had a variety of jobs with an ever
The calm before the storm
xkcd comic from xkcd.com Being in my last few days of summer vacation for this summer, I've started thinking about all the things I have to do, and want to do, in my professional and school life. August is drawing nearer, and I have to buy some plane tickets to Edmonton, and also book a hotel room for my stay during the orientation week for my EdD program. I am excited, yet a bit "freaked out"; not
Cheating, Learning, Being - Week 1 summation
Mon, Jan 20 2014 17:46 | #rhizo14, CC, cheating, cMOOC, learning, Management, MBA, MOOC, open, open learning, PhD, rhizomatic, teaching
The cone of silence ;-)In most cMOOCs I attempt to go back and respond to fellow participant's posts after something has provoked some thoughts. If I am less busy, I tend to blog more, if I am more busy, I tend to leave more comments. I guess this semester I am sort of in-between ;-)In any case, from week 1 of the #rhizo14 MOOC here are some things that have piqued my interest:From Jenny
Insert Column Name Here
Fri, Jul 26 2013 17:48 | administration, cMOOC, Management, MITx, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, profit, xMOOC
For a while now I've been thinking of having a Weekend Column on here, something to give my blogging a little more regularity now that I am MOOCless (until the fall anyway) and not reflecting as much on the learning experiences in various MOOC setups. I was going to have a "ID Stuff: Tin Foil Hat edition" (or "Cynic's Corner") column after I read this article (Who is driving the online locomotive)
What's a credit worth?
This week I am starting my 4th coursera course, offered by Duke University called Think Again: How to Reason and Argue. I signed up mostly because I was intersted in the topic, but as a nice side-effect it allows me to continue to be exposed to a variety of MOOC "accreditation" schemes. This particular MOOC offers statements of accomplishment on two tiers:Statement of AccomplishmentStatement
Entrepreneurship (and commercial) activity in education
It's week 3 in #cfhe12 and the topic of the week is Entrepreneurship and commercial activity in education, and I kicked off the week by reading The Evolution of Ed Tech in Silicon Valley and How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education. There are, of course, other readings that I intent on getting to, but these two were the only HTML documents that were easy to sent to Pocket (I did however skim the
Putting on my administrator cap: online vs on-campus enrollments?
This week I started a 2-week (online) workshop from the Sloan Consortium on Implementing the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs. So far it's a pretty interesting course, and I've read through the reading materials supplied by the workshop facilitator. One of the things that stands out, and this makes sense, is that an academic department can't go at it alone.
Sat, Dec 3 2011 10:40 | #change11, education, gamification, instructionalDesign, learning, Management, MBA, MSIT, simulation, SloanC
Life and Death ScreenshotThis week is gaming and simulation week (if you haven't guessed from the posts that I've been posting and responding to) on Change11 with guest Clark Aldrich. As usual, I've skipped the live session since there is more than enough content on the blogs and what's been provided by the guest facilitators. The reading matter for this week is a short book by Clark titled Designing
Campus vs. Online: fighting in the family
Last week I was a virtual attendee at the annual Sloan-C conference. It was fun and educational enough to spend 3 days watching live streamed sessions, and a saturday catching up on some recorded ones. The recorded ones are not as fun since you don't have the twitter stream going :-) In any case, I was watching the session on State Perspectives on Online Education and it seemed to me that there
mLearning and Foursquare-type academic Check-ins
I've been a bit silent on mobiMOOC these past few days, mostly sitting back, reading and taking time to think about things. One of the ideas that has come to mind is using services like GoWalla and Foursquare to check-into locations and using this as some sort of mLearning platform.At UMass Boston the College of Management has a Management Achievement Program (MAP). In this program undergraduates,
7 years, 4 Masters, Full time job
Fri, Feb 18 2011 17:12 | EdTech, education, educationTechnology, IT, library, linguistics, Management
The other day I made an observation on LinkedIn that 8 people had recently left the employment of UMass (LinkedIn told me so). The number seemed rather high, so I wanted, out of curiosity, to know who had left, was it someone I knew? It turns out that most of the people who "left" were teaching assistants, graduate assistants, or like me had added "student" to their profile under job. Back in the
Does spelling matter any more?
A week or so ago I saw this posted on eLearning Brothers and I had a facepalm moment. I have to say that I am one of those people, the people that are turned off from misspelled words and misused words.Yes, I know we've all, by now, seen this:Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat
From e-learning to We-learning
OK, this one goes back a while (back to September as a matter of fact!)It's been sitting in my RSS starred items folder for a while waiting for me to do something with it. For the longest period of time I did not know what to do with it. The reason for this is that what the author writes seems so bleeping obvious (with the exception of the made up term "we-learning").I remember back in the day, when
The MBA Oath
ROFL. OK, maybe I am a bit cynical here but this story on NRP about the MBA Oath that some Harvard MBAs took made me laugh out loud.They have a website (who doesn't?) and here's the oath:As a manager, my purpose is to serve the greater good by bringing people and resources together to create value that no single individual can create alone. Therefore I will seek a course that enhances the value my
Seth Godin - on Tribes
I came across this video near the end of last semester, but I did not have time to watch it. I've written about Tribes, the book by Seth Godin, that relates to communities of practice, management, marketing, communities (and so many other things).Here's the man himself talking about tribes. The video is only 17 minutes long - it's well worth the viewing time!
Calling it a "science" doesn't make it so...
I was reading this article on the Chronicle of Higher Ed recently. The article is about teaching customer service as a science. Please forgive my naiveté but calling something a science does not make it so!While there are some scientific elements - what is referred to as social science - such as sociology and psychology, trying to make a whole degree program out of customer service is just plain silly.
Traits of a community Manager
I came across this article on Mashable a few weeks ago about the traits of a good community manager. Granted this article is concerned more with commerce rather than academia, however I do think that the traits do translate one-to-one in academia.I encourage people to go to mashable and read the article. Here are a few of my thoughts on it.1. Love your jobWell this is a d'uh for almost any job (otherwise
Credit Crisis - Visualized
This is simply a great video to watch on the hows and the whys to the current credit crisis. The visuals, the setup, and the explanations are great in my opinion.Have a look - it's only 11 minutes. I would say that this is a good intro video for intro to finance classes.The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
What is your MBTI profile?
Back when I started the MBA program (in 2004) I had to take a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. At the time I was an INTJ. I was told that people change over a period of time, so since it's been 5 years since I last took the MBTI (give or take a few weeks), I decided to take it again.This time I am an ISTJI am:* moderately expressed introvert* slightly expressed sensing personality* moderately expressed