16 novembre 2013

Help, I’m a TA and I Hate Teaching!

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Natascha Chtena. As long as you are pursuing a PhD, most people assume that you love or at least like teaching. Pressure increases if your degree is in the humanities or some other “ridiculously inapplicable” discipline. Then, they just see a “budding pedagogue” when they look at you. This stereotype, however, completely obscures the struggles and challenges related to working as a TA. Whether it’s a supervisor from hell, a bunch of backstabbing colleagues, a fear of public speaking, or just a crazy workload that ruins the experience, the truth is many of us can’t—or at least at some point couldn’t—stand teaching. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:59 - - Permalien [#]

Staying Active in No Time at All

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Laura B. McGrath. When people ask me what I actually do all day, I tell them: I sit and read. I also sit and write, and I also sit-while-driving. The demands of my scholarship require me to be stationary while I expend immense amounts of energy and attention on other stationary things. And as Katie outlined last week, all this sitting can have disastrous effects on your body. I’m sure you’ve seen research on the benefits of staying active, even in the smallest ways.  Studies have suggested a positive correlation between exercise and brain power.  Exercising can improve your mood, and promote better sleep. It can also improve your mental health. Bottom line: there seems to be no shortage of benefits of physical activity, and no shortage of risks associated with physical inactivity. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:57 - - Permalien [#]

Rapid Skill Acquisition: The First 20 Hours

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Ashley Sanders. "Skill is the result of deliberate, consistent practice. And in early stage practice, quantity and speed trump absolute quality. The faster and more often you practice the more rapidly you'll acquire the skill." (Kaufman, Chapter 2) 
As a grad student, it is incredibly difficult to learn how to perform new skills at the level necessary for academic work.  And yet, we're expected to do so, whether it’s learning a foreign language, technical equipment, digital skills, or research methodologies. What’s more, if there’s something we want to learn just for the fun of it or for our health (yoga or meditation, for example), forget about it! We often feel our schedules couldn’t possibly accommodate it. Josh Kaufman's book, The First 20 Hours, offers a solution: rapid skill acquisition (RSA).  Kaufman defines 10 principles of RSA, walks the reader through each one, and offers tips and suggestions from his own experience. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:54 - - Permalien [#]

Kno, Intel, and the Fragmented EdTech Market

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. I’d be curious to learn how much Intel paid for Kno. Reading the TechCrunch article makes it sound like Intel got a pretty good deal. 
Without knowing the terms, it is hard to evaluate this acquisition. My gut tells me that this can potentially be a very smart move for Intel. 
The acquisition has certainly made me more curious to learn more about what Intel is thinking about higher education. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:51 - - Permalien [#]

3 Reasons Every Academic Should Read "Double Down"

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann 
Do you think it is weird that I am saying that higher ed people should put down their higher ed related books and pick up this political tale? 
Maybe Kissinger’s words are ringing in your ears, "University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small." 
3 reasons why you should be reading Double Down. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:48 - - Permalien [#]

Amazon WorkSpaces

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. I’ve never really gotten my head around virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for higher ed. 
With Amazon’s announcement that they will now be offering the ability to rent a virtualized desktop, accessible on any screen (from laptop to tablet), perhaps it is time to give this tech trend some more thought. 
With WorkSpaces, Amazon will rent you a Windows 7 environment that runs on Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:47 - - Permalien [#]

The Crazy Twitter Valuation

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. As of this writing Twitter has a market capitalization of $24.46 billion dollars. 
To put Twitter into some context, look at Hershey. (Founded in 1894, and on my mind during this Halloween season). 
Hershey is valued at $21.66 billion. Last year Hershey took in $6.94 billion, and recognized $2.86 billion in profits. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:45 - - Permalien [#]

When Not Saying 'No' Is Negligence

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpg?itok=qNL3hM7KBy Barbara Fister. Though in some realms of popular culture, librarians are depicted as scary gatekeepers who are all about rules and punishments, in reality we are so addicted to serving our communities that we find it difficult to ever say “no” out loud. We say it a lot, but very quietly or through the magic of entropy. Oh well, guess we won’t be buying very many books this year. We’ll cancel that oddball journal by a small society because only a few people need it. We won’t get that thing that isn’t part of a big subscription package, and when someone asks why, we’ll say the budget made us do it. But that’s not true. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:41 - - Permalien [#]

Rethinking Sustainability

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. When I talk about grants with people who work at universities, it quickly becomes clear that what they mean, and what I mean, are entirely different. 
In my world, grants are given to institutions to achieve certain goals, usually involving getting more students through to graduation.  Although the funding sources and particular targets vary, most of them share a few features. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:38 - - Permalien [#]

Ask the Administrator: How to Explain a Termination

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpg?itok=rd4sr8khBy Matt Reed. A new correspondent writes 
I am back on the job market after getting three years as a full-time English Instructor.  At my most recent school, I was on the tenure-track, probationary status.  I was informed at the end of my second year that my contract would not be renewed and when I inquired into the reason, I was just informed that I was not a good fit. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 22:36 - - Permalien [#]