Letters of recommendation - what's up with that?
It's been a while since I've blogged, or at least it really feels like it. I've had my nose stuck in (virtual) books trying to get through my literature review - but more on that on some other blog post. I came across an article on InsideHigherEd this past week asking whether or not letters of recommendation are really necessary. My most immediate context is admissions, given that that's part
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
Curriculum Management as a Supply Chain issue?
I don't often write about my dayjob - as manager of an academic program. There are probably a lot of interesting and nuanced things to study academically in higher education administration and non-profit management, things that I also find interesting (from time to time) - but I tend to spend most of my time looking at EdTech, pedagogy, language learning, and the like (more so than higher ed administration.Recently
Thu, Aug 13 2015 05:00 | accreditation, administration, assessment, Campus Technology, competency, higherEd, instructionalDesign
I know... I know... This is perhaps a tricky question to answer, but bear with me here, Perhaps the answer to this question of "how do we measure learning" is "well, d'uh! with some sort of test or assessment". This might be true in one-off training, you visibly see employees either performing or not performing, but when it comes to a higher education context what does it mean to have been badged,
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
Online Doctorates, degree designation, and misunderstanding of what it all means...
Sun, Jan 4 2015 10:42 | 2cents, administration, alt-ac, higherEd, onlineLearning, PhD, practice, research
Happy new year to all! The other day I was catching up on some reading in my Pocket account when I read an article in eLearn Magazine about online doctorates. I feel like I should have a grumpy-cat image on this blog with a big "no" on it since there were a number of things that seemed really wrong to me about this article. Some of them are probably the author's interpretation, or way of explicating
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
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
Teaching at a distance...or not?
You are using it wrong...A little while back I was reading Rebecca's post titled When teaching online doesn’t mean ‘at a distance’. Quite a few things came to mind, but they were too many for one blog post, so I thought I would do two separate ones. One from my experiences as a program coordinator (and unofficial instructional designer) for the Applied Linguistics department where I work,
MOOC that MA!
I was reading this article on Slate the other day about Georgia Tech's MOOC based MA in Computer Science which will cost around $6,000 for those interested in taking part in it. Even though Georgia Tech's Online Education MOOC crashed and burned, I am really curious to see this launch and succeed. If this is the program they are thinking of going full MOOC on, I think it may just work. Why do I think
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)