25 janvier 2015

Students Are Welcome to Shop Online During My Lectures

By . I have a confession: I am writing this essay while attending a presentation. Normally, I give a speaker my full attention, but there are many people here, so it is easy to miss that I am doing something other than listening. Besides, I am still paying attention (for the most part). The speaker is giving us an update on our university’s shuttle schedule. More...

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Weekend Reading: Cyberpunk Future Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . It’s been a great few days for those of us ready for a cyberpunk dystopia. Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement came hand-in-hand with a demo of Microsoft HoloLens, their prototype of a holographic platform for computing. The project is only one of many headsets currently exploring augmented and/or reality, with new rumors on Oculus Rift (now supported in the Firefox browser), Google’s MagicLeap, Samsung’s Gear VR, and many others all vying to be the first to take VR and AR from ill-fated gadget (remember Virtual Boy?) to consumer revolution. More...

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Are those files really final?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . A recent post by Charlie Harvey, titled The word final should never appear in filenames points out that when you’re sharing files with colleagues,creating a clear system for filenames reduces a lot of potential frustration. More...

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Saving El Gordo

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . A few years ago, a Spanish psychologist and his team of researchers asked about 700 students to decide whether they would kill one person to save five. It was a version of the classic trolley dilemma: A small train is trundling toward five people on the tracks who will perish in the crash; you see this from your perch on a footbridge and realize you can save them by shoving one of your fellow pedestrians—a fat man—off the bridge, into the train’s path. Do you do it? Only 18 percent of the students said they would, when answering in their native tongue. But when presented with the scenario in a foreign language, one in which they were proficient, the proportion of pushers jumped to 44 per cent. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:31 - - Permalien [#]

Not by a Long Chalk

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . As I have mentioned here before, my hobby is writing and maintaining a blog about British expressions that have become popular in the United States. I know, I know. Listen, it keeps me off the street. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:30 - - Permalien [#]

O Canada! in New Orleans

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . “I’m so New Orleans, when I go out of town people ask me if I’m Canadian.” A joke, right?
No, it seems that, contrary to all expectations, a certain Canadian pronunciation is beginning to emerge in the Big Easy. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:29 - - Permalien [#]

The Rules for Essay Exams

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . At my university the time has come (indeed, the deadline has come) for the process of grading the final exams from the fall semester. I started working on my stack of examination books speedily, accurately, and efficiently, deriving great satisfaction and enjoyment from the process of reading what my students have written. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:27 - - Permalien [#]

Study Questions Whether Full-Time Enrollment Is Best for Everyone

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Non-First-Time Student Persistence Patterns”
Organizations: InsideTrack, American Council on Education, NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and National Student Clearinghouse
Summary: Most experts agree that first-time students are more likely to graduate on time from community colleges when they are enrolled full time. That has led some policy makers and nonprofit advocacy groups to encourage, and in some cases to require, students in certain programs to take 15 credit hours per semester. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:17 - - Permalien [#]

Community Colleges Buck the Trend of Shrinking Humanities

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: Humanities Indicators
Organization: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Summary: The academy has previously reported on the value of humanities programs, funding for them, and how they are doing over all. This year, for the first time, the academy is posting data on trends in humanities degrees at community colleges, and the results there brighten what is otherwise a gloomy picture. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 02:16 - - Permalien [#]

Obama Calls on Firms to Expand Apprenticeships and Workers’ Tuition Benefits

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Speaking at Boise State University on Wednesday, a day after his State of the Union address, President Obama repeated his call for employers to expand registered apprenticeships and tuition-benefit programs for workers. More...

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