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
Fri, Aug 5 2016 11:29 | AAEEBL, adjuncts, assessment, Campus Technology, Conference, instructionalDesign, NeedsAnalysis, teaching
A number of threads converged last week for me, and all of the threads exist in a continuum. The first thread was one that began in the class that I am teaching this summer, INSDSG 601: Foundations of Instructional Design & Learning Technology. One of the things that we circle back to as a class (every couple of weeks) are the notions of instructor and designer. Where does one end and
The Adjunct’s dilemma – how much do you tell your students?
Among the many streams of things happening these days is keeping tabs on some interesting things happening in my various internet circles. I've resolved to just dip into my RSS stream and look at things periodically over a couple of days and not be as 'vigilant' as I have been in the past. Too many things to focus on, not enough time for news. That said, I came across an interesting
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
Instructor Personality and its role in education
Mon, Jul 27 2015 04:30 | adjuncts, charisma, EDDE801, instructionalDesign, learning, personality, PhD, teaching
Continuing on my quest for 'inbox zero' for Pocket, here is another interesting post that deals with the personality of the instructor in the teaching and learning endeavor. There are actually two interesting strands here, one that deals with the instructor themselves, and one that deals with material creation. I'll tackle the material creation first as I find that this is what piqued my initial
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
Institutional Affiliation or Itinerant Scholar?
Mon, Mar 23 2015 05:00 | adjuncts, administration, cMOOC, DigitalScholarship, higherEd, itinerant, MOOC, nomadic, Scholarship
Rebecca, the other, posted a question on Twitter on #adjunctchat, and later on wrote a little more in length on her blog about this question: What is the value in affiliation? More specifically:In our new world of adjunctification and alt-metrics, does an affiliation matter? Am I better to declare myself as an itinerant scholar than a scholar associated with a particular university? What is the value
Connecting the dots...thoughts about working in academia
Tue, Dec 30 2014 05:00 | adjuncts, administration, equity, faculty, higherEd, instructionalDesign, practice, work
[warning: lengthier post than usual] Before I left for December my mini vacation I had a holiday themed catch-up with a number of friends and colleagues on campus. With the semester winding down, and with the holidays as an excuse it was a good opportunity for people to get together and share some news about what had transpired over the past semester, share notes, best practices, and so on. One of
Teachers on Wheels
An interesting documentary shared by one of my EdD classmates.
PhD ponderings: Tenure...or not to Tenure
http://harvardpolitics.com/covers/higher-education/tenure-tune-up/I've been thinking about the concept of tenure these days, and the general concept or career prospects for the next 30 years for me. I've applied to a PhD program in our College of Management focusing on Organizations and Social Change. One of my old professors, who also gave me a recommendation, asked me what I wanted to
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
Adjuncts, accreditation and academic quality
The other day I posted some thoughts based on Leahgrrl's original post on adjuncts and technology. Tony Bates also posted thoughts on the issue around the topic of accreditation. Between these blog posts, and comments to all three of them, the mental gears started to slowly turn and think of additional thoughts around the issue. The first one being accreditation.Tony writes that through his experiences
Adjunct Technology...or pay your adjuncts better :)
I was reading a post by Leahgrrl the other day titled Adjunct Technology, or why I can't figure out Blackboard. It was quite an interesting post, and not something completely foreign to me - I've read my fair share of adjunct posts on the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and Inside Higher Ed, as well as having known many adjuncts personally. This past week, while attending the Sloan-C annual conference (virtually)
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