04 août 2014

Shattering the Madness Monolith: On the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Psychiatric Disability

By Katie Rose Guest Pryal - Chronicle Vitae. Working as an academic is hard enough without adding psychiatric disability to the mix. Academics worry about whether they should disclose their disabilities to colleagues. And they also must deal with the all-too-common ableist insults that some of these same colleagues toss around without a thought. See more...

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The Value of 10 Minutes: Writing Advice for the Time-Less Academic

By Gregory Semenza - Chronicle Vitae. Write every day. Over the years, this is the single bit of advice I’ve given most regularly to graduate students who aim to become professors. Unfortunately, after grad school, it’s a lot easier said than done. The seminar and ABD stages present young scholars with a misleading sense that an academic schedule leaves relatively large blocks of time for writing. See more...

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'Dear Forums ...': If I Request a Low Salary, Am I More Likely to Get the Job?

By Chronicle Vitae. When Your University Changes Its Mission. Q (from lotsoquestions): I work at a third-tier regional university that’s reacting to economic challenges by becoming much less selective in admissions, adding many more pre-professional type programs, and implementing new programs, like giving students credit for previous work experience, discussing how we are all providers of customer service, etc. See more...

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The Land of a Thousand Neil deGrasse Tysons

By David Perry - Chronicle Vitae. The humanities do not need a Neil deGrasse Tyson. We need a thousand Tysons. Better yet, we need to stop waiting for the prestige economy to churn out a celebrity to save us. Instead, why not recognize all the good work that so many people already are doing in the humanities?
It’s time to vastly broaden our approach to finding the next generation of public intellectuals. My proposal: Look for teachers, not researchers. See more...

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2010-2011 Ed-Tech Startups: Where Are They Now (Updated)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . I just got off the phone with Mike Lee, the founder of Edshelf, a startup that recently announced it was closing its doors at the end of the month.
There’s been a grassroots hashtag campaign on the part of some educators to #saveedshelf, and while I understand the good intentions — Mike is a great guy, and it sucks that his startup isn’t successful — I’m not sure I understand why this particular startup should be saved. I’m not sure why we’d believe that an expression of support via social media would trump revenue. More...

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Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . WTF happened to the #massiveteaching MOOC?! After what appeared to be a psychological? / pedagogical? experiment on the students (that included deleting the course), professor Paul Olivier Dehaye was removed from the Coursera MOOC “Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required." New skills indeed. See What You Should Know This Week over on EML for more links to what has to be the weirdest MOOC story to date.
Can MOOCs Help Professors Teach Traditional Courses More Efficiently?Efficiency! Efficiency! Efficiency! “Education no longer has a humanist end or any value in itself; it has only one goal, to create technicians” – Jacques Ellul
Corporate MOOCs maybe not that big a trend after all. More...

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Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the "Reclaim Your Domain" Hackathon

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Reclaim Your Domain Hackathon. Or at least that’s what we’re calling it, even though we're already talking about holding another one this fall, to coincide with OpenEd. The event was a follow-up to some of the plotting that Jim Groom, Kin and I started at a “Reclaim Open" event at the MIT Media Lab last year, as well as to conversations we had earlier this year at Emory University’s Domain Incubator. In attendance this time around: Groom, Kin, Mike Caulfield, Ben Werdmuller, Michael Berman, Brian Lamb, Tim Owens, Mikhail Gershovich, Amy Collier, Erin Richey, Chris Mattia, Rolin Moe, Adam Croom, Mark Morvant, Linda Polin, and me. More...

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Hack Education Weekly News: Rand Paul Loves Khan Academy and Classrooms of 2 Million Students

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . “Can MOOCs Motivate Personal Change?” (Parts 1 and 2) asks Harvard edu professor James E. Ryan. I’m not sure the answer as I was not motivated to read the articles.
There are now some BBC MOOCs.
Faculty use MOOC content in the classroom. Students are indifferent. Kanye shrug.
The New American University: Massive, Online, And Corporate-Backed” (That’s ASU.)
The California State University system is “re-envisioningCal State Online. More...

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Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . My friend, the amazing Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered a fabulous talk yesterday at the Harvard Berkman Center: “Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains.” (You can find her notes and slides here, a live-blog from PhD student Nathan Matias here, and a collection of Tweets from the talk here; it’s my understanding that the center will be posting the video-recording soon.)
As the title of her talk suggests, Tressie’s work deals with ideology, inequality, and higher education, with a specific focus on for-profit education through the lens of race, class, and gender. More...

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Student Data, Privacy, Ideology, and Context-less-ness

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . I want to pick back up on some of the ideas I started to flesh out yesterday, based on Tressie McMillan Cottom’s recent talk on ideologies and identities in digital domains. Again, not sure where I’m going with this…
Tressie highlighted the ways in which new educational technologies – MOOCs for example – assume a student free of place, free of context. "Free." That’s a deeply ideological assumption, no doubt, one that erases race, class, and gender for starters. I tried to link her arguments to a tweet by Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira, who defending his company from parent-privacy activists, tweeted that Knewton “can help students understand their learning history without knowing their identity.” There, I argued, we see this nod to “identity-less-ness” – a notion that with the right engineering, the right algorithms ed-tech can be personalized to your academic needs without knowing your person. More...

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