The community manager - every online program should have one
I came across this article recently on Community Managers.For the past year or so, ever since I created a Ning community for the Instructional Design program, and helped/consulted on the creation of a Community for the Applied Linguistics online program, I've been advocating for a community manager for all online programs.What I've noticed is that there is a void in-between semesters, especially for
13 reasons why Higher Ed is a mess
I came across this article on the Chronicle of Higher Ed recently. It was an interesting read. I can't really speak to the financial information they give because I am not involved in that area of university management. I did however have a couple of comments on other topics...Millions of workers have lost their jobs in recent months. But tenured professors are hard to fire. And some powerful faculty
Creation of a Thesis
Here's some PhD humor for all of you out there coming back from Spring Break
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.
NY to Collect Sales Tax on Distance Education Courses...
...well it depends on what you mean by "Education"I was reading the UMassOnlineBlog the other day and I saw this article by a guest blogger. I thought to myself seriously? They are going to tax education? It drew me in, until I read that it wasn't really about Distance Education...The relevant piece of information here is this:The department asserts that an e-course offered by SkillSoft Corporation,
Library-IT Mergers in Academic Institutions
I came across this NERCOMP presentation a week or so ago, but I only got to go through it the other day. All I can say is that I wish that I had been able to attend the NERCOMP conference and this presentation in general because it's a project that I've been involved with at my campus.No, my campus still maintains a separate library and IT group, however as a Management student I've worked on proposals
When is a language dead?
I was catching up on my Omniglot Blog unread posts and I came across this post asking people When is a language dead? This whole discussion come up because Manx was declared as a dead language even though there are still speakers of the language.The range of opinions posted in the comments was quite interesting, and it serves to point out there is not consensus on when a language is dead, or in some
This semester I am taking two culture related courses. One is about the overall view of culture and how it intersects with the axes of language, power-relations, race relations, historical relations and so on. The other course is all about how one goes about the task of integrating the culture of a foreign country (or group of people) when you are teaching the language of that country or group.One
What should ID be?
I came across a blog post entitled The Great ID Debate the other day. I actually found it quite interesting to read.I found the last three paragraphs quite poignant:Think about it - these days a good ID needs to be able to write instructional objective. Conduct a content analysis. And an audience analysis. Measure job/performance outcomes. Write a criterion referenced test Create a shared collaborative
The value of assessment
I meant to comment on this blog post and the associated news story a while back but I didn't get a chance until now.I think that in the blog post Assessment is confused with Grading based on this comment:It was not his job, as he explained later, to rank their skills for future employers, or train them to be “information transfer machines,” regurgitating facts on demand. Released from the pressure