19 avril 2014

The Complexities of Cross-Border Engagement

By Darbi Roberts and David Stanfield. Several forms of cross-border or transnational engagement have received attention in the higher ed press recently. The articles focus on alternatives to the highly scrutinized brick and mortar international branch campuses. Numerous models of cross-border engagement exist and institutions are wise to consider the full spectrum when developing internationalization strategies. Descriptions of these alternatives tend to focus on what’s working and how a particular institution has benefited, while ignoring the many challenges that are inherent in transnational work. Much like the international branch campus, all forms of transnational engagement have advantages and disadvantages and pose unique challenges, including global centers and academic partnerships. Read more...

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What Rape Culture?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Susan O'Doherty. I found everything about this project interesting and hopeful. I was especially struck, though, by the activists who cited getting administrators to understand the prevalence of rape culture as their biggest challenge. It is difficult for any bureaucracy (or any person, really) to acknowledge and address a systemic flaw. Read more...

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Excuses, Qualifiers and the Invisibility of Motherhood

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/mama_phd_blog_header.jpg?itok=C5xGPD1aBy Laura Tropp. At the beginning of every semester, I discuss my attendance policy with my students. I explain they can have two absences for any reason; after that, points are deducted no matter the cause. I tell them that I don’t need, or even want, to know why they were absent because I prefer not to be put in a position where I have to judge the quality of their reasons. However, I’ve begun to rethink my policy. Read more...

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From MOOCs to Dragons

By Dan Butin. It used to be that medieval and renaissance maps placed sea monsters and dragons in those seemingly dangerous and unexplored places where seafarers were best to avoid. This is why “here be dragons” is a shorthand expression for stumbling into uncharted territory. Read more...

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Let’s Put on a Show

By James Marten. I am hardly an expert in the digital humanities, although I was the director of a fairly early example of the projects that characterized the field during the first phase of the movement, when content tended to trump technology and many of us had romantic and ultimately naïve notions of what it meant to “democratize” history, in the words of Ed Ayers, the developer of the iconic The Valley of the Shadow. In 1999, the year I started the Children in Urban America Project, Ayers published a kind of status report of the emerging field of digital history (you can see it at http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/PastsFutures.html). Read more...

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Breaking Taboos for All the Right Reasons

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/library_babel_fish_blog_header.jpgBy Barbara Fister. Not too long ago at a gathering of librarians (I can’t recall which, exactly) I overheard a snatch of something that sank in like a splinter. I didn’t hear it clearly so I can’t quite get it out, but it’s bothering me. It was an exasperated statement to the effect that ebooks are a huge headache and students often prefer print, but libraries are no longer supposed to give up valuable space to books, so what should we do? Read more...

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The OSI Model is Dead

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. My first week on the job as Director of IT Policy at Cornell University in 2001, a manager in systems, Sarah, invited me into her office. After some meet and greet, she asked me what I knew technically about the Internet. Not much, I admitted. My husband was an electrical engineer. Forever I owe him gratitude for teaching me about it while I was in law school as well as providing me with a modem and an I.B.M. computer (while he used Apple :-). But because he worked on semi-conductors, I could better describe the gallium-arsenide atomic layering of a transistor than I could explain anything technological about the Internet. Read more...

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Reflections on Heartbleed

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/law.jpg?itok=7sode5LvBy Tracy Mitrano. Fascinating how this vulnerability grabbed headlines. Understandable, given that it is about the SSL connection for e-commerce, that it caught attention. Intriguing because it caused users to change passwords. It is notable that the net loss of personally identifiable information was, in fact, only fractional.  Very few, if any, users are likely to have fraud committed as a result of this vulnerability. It hardly rates when compared to full-blown breaches that almost surely have each and every one of our social security numbers for sale on the black market. Read more...

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Cosmos: Experimentation, Disruption, and Innovation

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/student_affairs_and_technology_blog_header.jpgBy Eric Stoller. Cosmos is a subversive television show...and I love it. The host of Cosmos is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He dares us to learn, question assumptions, and think critically. It's a radical show. Scientific discoveries from the past are presented with amazing clarity. Subversive ideas from centuries ago are brought to light in an exceptionally educational manner. Read more...

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Who Should Advise?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean_blog_header.jpgBy Matt Reed. Jeff Selingo asked in the New York Times this weekend whether it’s better to have faculty to academic advising, as opposed to full-time advisers. I was disappointed in what the discussion left out.
Quick quiz: what’s the single greatest argument in favor of professional advisers?
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
Summer.

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