20 avril 2014

The hidden costs of unsolicited textbooks — a view from the mailroom

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Back in January I posted an article calling for an end to unsolicited review copies of textbooks being sent to professors. Interestingly, on Reddit a student at my university who works for the mail services department did an AMA, and I had the chance to ask: What kind of impact does it make on the university, from an infrastructure or mail services point of view, to have all these unsolicited books being sent in? Keep in mind that we’re a public university of 24,000 students and lots and lots of faculty. More...

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‘What Is College For?,’ Chapter 5: Aligning Knowledge and Professional Purpose

By . William Sullivan, a senior scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, writes in Chapter 5 of What Is College For? that the public purposes of professional education were lost as professions migrated toward the academy and away from the apprenticeship training model. The move separated practical and normative considerations of the role and duty of professionals from the cognitive and academic. More...

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‘What Is College For?,’ Chapter 4: College Education Beyond the Elite

By . In 1976 The New Yorker published a cartoon by Saul Steinberg titled “View of the World From Ninth Avenue.” It depicted Manhattan’s Ninth, 10th, and 11th Avenues as covering more than half the world. Just across the Hudson River sat a sliver of land called “Jersey.” Adjacent to Jersey was a larger rectangle of land, filling perhaps a sixth of the page and representing the remainder of the United States. Across the Pacific lay small specks of land marking China, Japan, and Russia. More...

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They’re Colleges, Not the Minor Leagues

By . If colleges follow Bill Bowen’s advice and “untie the knot” between athletics and big-time commercial entertainment, they will also be untying, or at least loosening, the knot that binds colleges to the NFL, the NBA, and the WNBA. Today colleges have a near-monopoly on American students’ access to those leagues, a fact we are reminded of every autumn Sunday, when NFL starters introduce themselves on TV by calling out their college connections (including, of course, THE Ohio State University). More...

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Civility in Academe, and the Lack of It

By Nigel Thrift. I want to return to the theme of civility that I addressed in a previous post.Modern life can sometimes feel like the jungle. On the Internet, the sheer venom of online attacks is extraordinary to behold and also a bit depressing—people really think this way? The world seems a lot less hospitable, a lot bleaker. Read more...

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2048, Gamemaking, and Creativity

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . If you’ve been hanging out on social media lately someone has probably linked you to an addictive time-wasting number game, 2048. But did you know you can create your own customized version? The free “Make Your Own 2048” tool is delightful to work with, and it’s really easy to make simple changes to the text or create an entire makeover through replacing the number boxes with images. More...

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Software and Services for Managing Group Tasks

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . The world of software and online services is a densely populated field of companies who want you to share your to-do list with them. We’ve reviewed some of them here, including Todoist, Gqueues, Wunderlist, Basecamp, and Got Milk?. New options are appearing all the time, but I’ve long been a fan of Omnifocus and have good friends who swear by Things, both of which grow out of the Mac/iOS ecosystem. More...

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Five Lessons for Online Teaching from Finishing a MOOC

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . [This is a guest post by Michelle Moravec, a historian currently working on the politics of women's culture, which you can read about at michellemoravec.com. Follow her on Twitter at @professmoravec.--@JBJ]
At the end of January 2014, I enrolled in an MOOC on corpus linguistics offered by the U.K.-based Open University’s Future Learn. CorpusMOOC, as it was affectionately known and hashtagged on Twitter, was billed as a “practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities” (See the video introduction here). More...

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Open Thread Wednesday: Favorite Podcast Apps?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Back in February I asked you to share your favorite new podcasts. Today, I’d like to learn what your favorite app for listening to those podcasts. (Obviously, there are several candidates to choose from.) More...

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Mellon Funding for the Open Library of the Humanities

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundation grant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. More...

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