05 avril 2014

9 Ways that Gmail Changed Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. Gmail turned 10 this April 1st. Happy birthday.
Are you a Gmail user?
Do you have a personal Gmail account? Or has your institution adopted Gmail has its official campus e-mail system? Or both? Read more...

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I Am My iPhone

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. My iPhone is eating my life.
This 4.87 inch by 2.31 inch gizmo accompanies me everywhere but the shower. 
Here is a (probably partial) list of the functions that my iPhone performs.
1. Waking Up: Is your phone your alarm clock now also? Read more...

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Did Twitter Kill the Podcast?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. What ever happened to all those podcasts we were planning to create?
Just yesterday it seemed that we all had grand plans to become podcasters. Today, not so much. I have distinct memories of hearing arguments from a range of smart and forward thinking folks along the lines of:

  • Podcasting is a terrific way to raise awareness of your services, brand, department, ideas etc. etc.
  • Podcasting is an essential channel of communication.
  • Podcasting will only get bigger as smart phones make it easier to subscribe, download, and play the podcasts.

I’m not saying that the professional podcasts have gone away. Read more...

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Compiling a Teaching Portfolio: An Introduction

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 Alessandra La Rocca Link. Many graduate students first “meet” the teaching portfolio on the job market. A hiring committee might ask for tangible evidence of teaching experience. A job posting may request a teaching portfolio from all applicants. In most cases, graduate students cobble something together last minute. Much like teaching journals, however, teaching portfolios warrant our ongoing attention as graduate students. The earlier you start compiling relevant teaching materials and thinking critically about your teaching experience, the better both the portfolio and your prospects on the job market. The latest higher-ed reports point to an increase in part-time and community college employment. Read more...

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Taking It One Step at a Time

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 Emily VanBuren. Three different people, completely unbeknownst to one another, wisely pointed me toward the same book back when I first started graduate school: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1994). And with very good reason. As the title suggests, it’s a handbook for breaking down enormous tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.  Lamott relays an anecdote about her brother that probably resonates with any graduate student. Read more...

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The Desks Have Ears

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. Last week the Chronicle featured a story about an uproar at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater about a video recording that a student had made surreptitiously of a guest lecturer.  The video apparently showed the lecturer making some inflammatory statements about Republicans; it was picked up by Fox News, and the rest is predictable. Read more...

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How Do You Write Letters of Recommendation?

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. Have you ever been trained in how to write a letter of recommendation? On the blogs, when we talk about letters of recommendation, we usually refer to letters for grad students trying to get faculty (or postdoc) jobs. Here I’m thinking more specifically of letters for undergraduate students, whether in support of transfer, scholarship applications, or whatever. Read more...

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Consolation Prizes

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. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg suggested yesterday that students who drop out of a four year program after two or more years should be awarded Associate’s degrees as a sort of consolation prize, like a year’s supply of turtle wax. The argument is that a student who has put in two or more solid years of college has done some real work, but that she leaves with nothing to show for it.  An Associate’s degree signifies something concrete, and carries more heft than a high school diploma alone. Read more...

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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. Wise and worldly readers, how much time -- and how many attempts -- do you allow a “pilot” course or project before deciding whether to keep it?
As finances get tighter and political pressures stronger, I’m seeing less patience for waiting for the results from pilots to come in. The meaning of the word is changing. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 21:05 - - Permalien [#]

Friday Fragments

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. I’ll be at the AACC conference in Washington, D.C., over the next several days.  I’m hoping to touch base with several people over that time, but I’m also psyched for the presentation by my HCC colleagues Michele Snizek, Alana Wiens, and Rebecca Lewis. (It’s called “Changing the Game: Improving Achievement in a Model Career Program through High-Impact Grant Collaboration.”) They’ll be talking about the ways we’ve aligned different grants to reinforce each other, particularly in the context of allied health fields. Read more...

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