20 avril 2014

OLDaily Over the Years

By Stephen Downes - Halfanhour. Still messing around with statistics. Here's the graph of the production of posts on OLDaily over the years since the first posts in 1995.
Until 1999 the only posts produced are my articles. Subsequently, as I began the newsletter, the posts include the now-familiar links to resources in OLDaily. The red line represents the total, the blue line represents the daily tally. Notice the flat line where I took a hiatus in 2006. You can also see a bump in 2001. This was from a short period where I experimented with post-creation using the harvester. More...

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The Weekly Read: Default Settings, Digital Humanities, and Diversity Hires

Getting Funding Is Hard, Especially For Women—There’s a bias in favor of men in the academic peer-review process, an anonymous author writes, and it leads to women being turned down inordinately often for promotions. How do we go about fixing this? (The Guardian)
Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University?—No spoiler here: The humanities are suffering. Can DH, with its many definitions, save the field? Or will it kill it off for good? (Slate). See more...

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Just Visiting: The Neverending Job-Hunt Grind

By Robert L. Oprisko - Chronicle Vitae. Growing up in Terre Haute, Ind., I saw what poverty and the lack of education could do not just to individuals, but to an entire city. It was clear to me that education was The Path to Success. The more education you acquired, the more your worries about money and unemployment would diminish. With a Ph.D., you could be a professor and have a job for life—it couldn’t be taken from you without cause. With a Ph.D., you would be an expert. People would value your work. See more...

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The Professor Is In: Is It OK to Check In About My Candidacy?

By Karen Kelsky - Chronicle Vitae. I just had an article accepted for publication. I’m a candidate for a position, and I’m wondering: Should I email them to give them this update?
Yes, if you’ve had a peer-reviewed article accepted for publication, you should tell them. The same holds true if you’ve scored a major national grant or received an advance contract for your book. If you’ve been asked to edit a special issue of a prestigious journal, OK, tell them that too. See more...

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In Hindsight: Former Ph.D. Students Reflect on Why They Jumped Ship

By Sydni Dunn - Chronicle Vitae. Whether it’s the bleakness of the academic job market, the price of an advanced degree, or the difficulty in finding the right faculty advisor, students don’t have too much trouble finding a reason to flee their doctoral programs. And they’re doing so at a pretty steady pace. The Council of Graduate Schools confirmed this a few years back with its Ph.D. Completion Project, which tracked 9,000 doctoral students among 30 institutions from the early ’90s through 2004. See more...

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I’m Over My Discipline. (Or Am I?)

By Kelly J. Baker - Chronicle Vitae. As I was driving recently, a thought struck me. (Most of my self-revelations come while driving, if you were curious.) I realized that I’m over my subdiscipline, American religious history. I said it aloud to see how the words would feel tumbling out of my mouth. I’m over American religious history. I recited this again and again. It felt liberating, strange, and significant. I was once so passionate about my field; now, as my emotions cooled, I felt disinterested and aloof. Over it, I said again as if to cement my feelings. Over it, I chanted. I wasn’t sure I believed myself. See more...

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Is Your Competence Killing You?

By Allison M. Vaillancourt. During a recent, smallish national gathering, we were asked to go around the room and answer an interesting question: If we had to write a book that described our last year, what would we title it? My answer popped to mind without much effort at all, and when it got to be my turn, I was happy to share it: Will You Still Love Me When I Crash and Burn? See more...

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Coursera CEO Interview: Mike Caulfield nailed it two months ago

By Phil Hill. Two months ago Mike Caulfield lamented the inability for many people in online education, especially massive online initiatives, to honestly learn from the past. In the post Mike referred to the failed AllLearn initiative and the seminal post-mortem written up in University Business.
How does that relate? A paragraph from the 2006 post-mortem of AllLearn really stuck out for me. Read more...

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”Making education better for anyone who wants to learn”

HomeAlexandra Maratchi, CEO of Homuork and candidate for Open Education Challenge, gave us an interview about her experience as an educational entrepreneur, during which she provided insight into the challenges of a start-up. She thinks that investors can be convinced “If you are passionate about a group of people who believe in their idea. The idea of making education better for anyone who wants to learn." More...

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’Son Especialistas’: a project for unique students

HomeP.A.U. Education presents the project ’Son Especialistas’, in collaboration with the City Hall of Viladecans and the Agbar Foundation. Introduced today at the World Water Day event at the Museum of Agbar, it is an educational project allowing teachers to discover students’ skills and talents by highlighting and enhancing what makes them unique. More...

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