Academic Facepalm (evaluation edition)
Back in December, I was searching for the #tenure hashtag on twitter. There was some discussion (probably stated by Jesse Stommel 😜) which prompted me to search for this #hashtag out of curiosity to see what was tagged. Along with heartwarming stories of people who've just earned tenure (a nice perk right before the winter break!), there was this wonderful tweet specimen...I'm
This is not the academy you are looking for...
Have PhD...(source)George Station had posted this article titled "The academy I dreamed of for 20 years no longer exists, and I am waking up" with the lead in of: Ellen Kirkpatrick has yearned for an academic career for many years. But 18 months after finally earning her doctorate, she is no longer sure she wants to remain in a sector defined by precarity, exploitation – and ‘quit lit’ George
Rationale? I don't need no stinkin' Rationale!†
Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra MadreDissertation proposal, draft number...I don't know - lost count - has been submitted. Things look good, well at least in my humble view, so I hope I am ready to defend this proposal within the coming month and become a "candidate" soon‡. With the draft submitted I can now focus on the other pile of academic work that needs attending to,
What am I training for again?
From PhD ComicsIt's been a while since I've had the bandwidth to think about something other than my dissertation proposal. When I started this process four years ago (starting with matriculation in March 2014) I thought I'd be the first or second person in my cohort to be done (ha!), but like most marathoners I guess I am part of the pack looking at the fast folks ahead of me 😏. Being
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
The publication emergency
Paul Prinsloo has a wealth of thought provoking posts on his facebook ;-) I wasn't planning on blogging until tomorrow, but this got my mental gears moving and thinking (not about my dissertation, but it's thinking nevertheless). This blog started as a continuation of a comment I left on Paul's facebook feed. The article that got me thinking is an article on the Daily Nous titled The Publication
Campus deadzones, and creepy hallways: where did everyone go?
Found image on Google (not actually a photo of me)Happy Friday dear readers! (umm...anyone still there? I swear! I am alive! 😆)I've been attempting to write a blog post all week (and trying to do the 10 minutes of writing per day), but I've been failing on that account...I guess Fridays are a better day as things wind down from the week. In any case, there is an article from the Chronicle
MOOCs as admissions considerations
It's been a while since I've sat down to blog (with the exception of my brief postings last week). I guess I've had my nose firmly planted in books (physical and digital) trying to get through the reading components of my dissertation proposal so I can sit down and write. I tend to find (for me anyway) that having a bit more of a complete picture in my head as to what I want to write about cuts
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
Conflict of interest?
I was thinking about this the other day... I was reading the requirements for setting up review committees for my dissertation proposal and for my ultimate dissertation defense. One of the forms that people on committees need to fill out is a statement on conflict of interest. This isn't unusual since I see it on the peer review side of things, be it in peer review journals, or (more recently)
Minerva? Why not Athena?!
The last virtually connecting session on my docublogging list. In this episode we speak to Steve Kossly of Minerva. This was from OLC Innovate 2016
Abstract Art Forms...
Back from vacation and I feel like there is so much to do by December 10th ;-)Here is a most recent PhD comic that reminds me a lot of real life...
Recently I came across a post by Josh Kim on whether LinkedIn will replace the traditional academic CV. My short answer to that is "no". This isn't because I think LinkedIn is bad (it's not), or that the CV is awesome (it's not). I've got a bone to pick with the traditional, paper-based, academic CV.The common wisdom, as Kim alludes to, is that a resume is short and targeted, while a CV
Academic Social Network #facepalm
Fri, Jul 15 2016 10:10 | academia, cranky, open publishing, publication, publishing, research, social networks, SocialMedia
Over the years I've tried out almost every social network I could get my hands on. What can I say, I love tinkering and trying new things :-). However, on source of irritation these days are networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu. I like listing the few things that I co-author (or author for that matter) in a variety of places because (let's face it), most people aren't going to find
A lifetime of homework...
The title of this post sounds a little Sisyphean, doesn't it? After all everyone dreads homework...don't they? Perhaps if you are Lisa Simpson maybe you do not, but for most people the idea of homework does conjure up the mental image of a chore. Something that isn't particularly pleasing, yet we have to do it. It also seems to be other-regulated. Homework isn't something
Hidden Scholarship: reported achievements of academics
It seems like forever ago since I've read this article by Maha Bali on ProfHacker on Hidden Scholarship†. It's actually been on my radar for a while, but between work and class the mind space for this was not available.In any case, if you haven't read this brief post on ProfHacker it's worthwhile reading. Maha writes about things that go under-reported, or not reported at all when it comes to scholarship
Teaching Presence in MOOCs: Perspectives and Learning Design Strategies
Presentation presentation by Suzan Koseoglu at the 2016 Networked Learning Conference (Lancaster, UK) Teaching Presence in MOOCs: Perspectives and Learning Design Strategies from SuzanKG
Getting beyond rigor
Sun, May 8 2016 02:00 | academia, Badges, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, pondering, rhizomatic, rigor, teaching
The other day I got access to my summer course on Blackboard. With just under 25 days left to go until the start of courses, it's time to look at my old syllabus (from last summer), see what sorts of innovations my colleague (Rebecca) has in her version of the course, and decide how to update my own course. I had some ideas last summer, but since then the course has actually received an
Problems in Academia :-)
It's funny because there is a chunk of truth in this. The comic is of course from PhDComics.comFood for thought, academia! Food. For. Thought.
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
Tenure is a red herring!
Fri, Jun 12 2015 16:47 | #altac, #whytenure, academia, adjuncts, employment, OER, open access, PhD, security
Last weekend, while I was enjoying something on television, my iPad buzzed and kindly informed me that a few people I follow on twitter were all tweeting about #whytenure. Woah! I thought! What's this? Is there something earth-shattering happening with tenure? I had to find out. I saw some tweets, favorited them (for later digestion), and went back to my show. It seems
How to measure connected success (for academics)
Wed, Feb 11 2015 04:30 | academia, academic, career, connected, network, online, PhD, reputation, twitter
A week or so ago I had read Terry Anderson's blog post asking the question on whether it is worth it for aspiring academics to blog (and tweet, and generally be visible on the interwebs). It's an interesting post and I encourage everyone to read it and post their opinions on twitter, here, on Terry's post. I'd love to know what other newer academics think about this.I am new, but not new, to academia.
Research: Process, Ethics, Validation, and Technicianship?
Wed, Jan 28 2015 18:14 | #massiveteaching, #moocfail, #remixthediss, #rhizo14, academia, achievement, alt-ac, APLING621, EDDE801, EDDE802, epistemology, ethics, ontology, PhD, ProfDev, professional, research, SLA
Derby Wharf, Salem, MA - Jan 2015 (Storm: Juno)I am sure that last one is a word I just made up on the spot. It's been a slow week in 802. I was reading Lisa's reflection on Lurking in 802 (she is in last year's cohort, so she is two courses ahead of us in Cohort 7), and how she viewed 802 at the time as a make or break experience for the Ed.D. program. While 801 last semester was a whirlwind
Academic writing, but not in English...
One of the nice things about being a language geek and an academic is that you get access to research that has been published in other languages. In addition to English I fare quite well with research written in French, Italian, and Greek. Even though I don't have any formal experience with learning Spanish I could probably get the gist of Spanish articles based on my familiarity of French and
Is our current HigherEd setup encouraging prolonged (academic) adolesence?
In a recent posting about doctoral degrees ("academic" versus "professional") there was one line of thought that I meant to explore, but I really neglected because it didn't quite fit in with the post the way it was ultimately flowed. In the ACM eLearn article that really got my mental gears going, and to which my post was a response to, the professional doctor "is more likely to consume research"
On Academic Management, and running a business
I must admit, I had planned on writing a post about how finding college leaders is like dating at times, you can go with the blind date and be pleasantly surprise, or date one of your friends and (hopefully) know most of the information before hand. As I was reading the Washington Post article, however, I was overcome with a severe sense of facepalm, and as I was responding to the article, it got long
Big Data, Evaluations, Adjuncts, Money
Last week was pretty interesting, but between storms, workshops, and work (it's advising and registration time), I only got away with one initial blog post last week. I did keep up with the discussion, thanks to a large part to the daily newsletter for #cfhe12. As I was reading the various blog posts, this popped up to me: MOOCs and the Teaching Profession. I was really surpsised (I think my
Week 1 of #CFHE12
Tue, Oct 9 2012 07:00 | #CFHE12, academia, change, cMOOC, education, higherEd, learning, MOOC, pedagogy
Well, another 6 week MOOC started this week, CFHE12 (which I keep wanting to spell a CHFE12 for some reason) with George Siemens and company. This seems quite interesting, and it gives me an opportunity to check out the D2L environment in action, considering that our campus could have been a D2L campus, but we went with Blackboard instead.In any case, one of the first things for this week
Wow, our first citation!
A weird thing happened the other day. I was on my Google+ profile, looking to get the URL for my Google Reader Shared Items. By mistake I tapped on the URL for my google scholar profile and I noticed that one of my articles had a citation. A citation? A citation! For one of my co-authored articles? It seemed so! But who would cite us?Don't get me wrong, I believe that the quality of the work
It's the start of a new MOOC!
Sun, Apr 29 2012 09:35 | #bonkopen, #change11, #fslt12, academia, ds106, MOOC, motivation, podcast, teaching
Well, actually, it's the start of two new MOOCs!I know that Change11 and DS106 are still going, but change11 seems to be on life support. It seems to me anyway that the same 4-5 people are posting, and even though there are interesting people in these final weeks, most people have moved on, which is too bad. I still read the daily digest, and those 4-5 people post some thought provoking stuff, but
On comprehensive exams
I was reading an opinion piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education this past week on Comprehensive exams. The article deals mostly with PhD level comprehensive exams, the types of exams that serve as the gatekeeper between the coursework in a PhD program and the dissertation stage. The main thesis of the author, at least what I got out of it, was that comprehensive exams seem to be looking backward
Academic Rigor Exposed
I was reading Jenny's post the other day on What is Academic Rigor and it got me to question my own conceptions of academic rigor. I think many academics treat rigor just like supreme court judges treat pornography: They know it when they see it. I too have been guilty of not defining rigor, and just saying "oh that's not rigorous" when I recognize that something isn't rigorous (or at least I
Content as faculty production...
I was reading this post yesterday by Paul Prisloo on his reflections on Open Content. I found his post enlightening because through my studies I had not really encountered to topic of history of distance education and the evolution of distance education has been of interest to me. I have to say that I somewhat agree with Paul's view that lecturers (professors) are in the teaching
Academic writing - collaborator or lone wolf?
One of the things I've been thinking about recently is the topic of research, writing, and publishing. If you want to be in academia research and publishing is a must while if you want to be in the private sector it may not be as important (I am guessing it's not - but if you are of differing opinion leave a comment!) In thinking of research and publishing one of the questions that comes to mind is
Preparation: the key to academic success!
I wrote an article last week for the UMass Online blog on the merits of preparation. If you are a current student or if you're an instructor looking to point your students to another student's views on how to be successful in the classroom and get the most out of yoru educational experience then check out this post. Comments always welcome!
Happy end of the year!
Well, it's been one crazy year! I've managed to complete my final two masters degrees, meet some great colleagues from sister campuses and forged new friendships with classmates in both linguistics and instructional design. My last academic blogpost for the year I've posted over at the UMass Online blog; the topic is Making Services Accessible. Go have a look and post you thoughts on the matter of
Should we abolish copyright on academic works?
...my two cents...I saw this on Techdirt about a month ago and it's been lingering in my Google Reader starred items ever since. I've made a good faith effort to read the original but my brain is a bit fried from this summer (and I would like to save a few braincells for the fall semester)Here's the abstract for the paper:The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is
Using blogs instead of Blackboard
I came across this post on the Chronicle of Higher Ed a few weeks back about a revolt of sorts that is happening in some pockets of academia. Many people seem sick of Blackboard (and in my opinion its anti-competitive tactics) and seem to want to move to different instructional technology media.I don't blame them. Blackboard has become the Frankenmonster of the LMS world. If a new feature comes