Welcome to your December 2013 Insider Update -- the newsletter for readers of Inside Higher Ed. Once a month we send a quick rundown on what's happening at Inside Higher Ed: events, accomplishments and a bit of fun.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
April's best-read article was Paul Fain's in-depth reporting on two new competency-based education programs that up the ante for a potential disruption to higher education. Ry Rivard's article about renewed criticism of anti-plagiarism software from the Conference on College Composition and Communication drew the most comments of any story on the site last month. According to the CCCC resolution, "plagiarism detection services can compromise academic integrity by potentially undermining students' agency as writers, treating all students as always already plagiarists, creating a hostile learning environment, shifting the responsibility of identifying and interpreting source misuse from teachers to technology, and compelling students to agree to licensing agreements that threaten their privacy and rights to their own intellectual property." Whew! Lots of comments for Scott Jaschik's coverage of a video that went viral on conservative websites last month -- the Fox headline: "USC Political Science Professor Tells Students Republicans Are ‘Stupid and Racist.' " The article notes some context that was missing elsewhere. (For more on professorial politics, check out our Book with Buzz below.)
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BOOK WITH BUZZ -- Author Neil Gross discusses analysis that may frustrate some on the left and on the right in his new book Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? Click here to read the article (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
Inside Higher Ed's Serena Golden at last month's annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in San Francisco.
NEW ON THE SITE -- Click here to download a copy of “The MOOC Moment” -- our booklet of forward-looking articles and essays about MOOCs, with enthusiasts and skeptics alike examining curricular and financial issues. You can also sign up to join editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman as they review the history, frame the context, and look to the future of MOOCs in a free webinar on Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Eastern. The MOOC Moment booklet and webinar are made possible in part by the generous financial support of Academic Partnerships.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Scott Jaschik, Paul Fain and Ry Rivard started May in Palo Alto, Calif., for a meeting of the Education Writers Association.
Scott will be in Chicago May 13 for a British Council event to speak to visiting university leaders from Britain. May 14-16 Scott travels to San Diego where he will be giving a talk and moderating a session at "Learning Impact 2013: An Insider's View of Technology Impact Across K-20 Education."
Kathlene Collins will be in Austin, TX, May 15-17 for the annual PeopleAdmin client conference.
Scott will be moderating a discussion on the future of higher education at the annual conference of the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, on May 18.
Sharon Salang and Rick Plotkin visit Columbus, OH, May 19-21 for the Midwestern Region conference of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).
Doug Lederman will moderate a panel at a meeting on the role of technology in higher education at Princeton University on May 22.
SERVICE NOTE -- Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. There will be no Daily News Update e-mail published that day.
RECENT VISITORS -- Spring failed to arrive in DC last month, but lots of interesting higher ed folks brightened the Inside Higher Ed offices. Visitors included Bentley University, AASCU, Pearson, University of Southern Mississippi, APLU, ACCT, Quality Matters, PRSA, and Regent University. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at email@example.com or Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a visit.
Education Abroad -- Best Practices in Health and Safety
An Inside Higher Ed Webinar
May 23, 2 p.m. Eastern
Inside Higher Ed presents Education Abroad: Best Practices in Health and Safety, a webinar with Stacey R. Bolton Tsantir, the chair of the Health and Safety Subcommittee of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Stacey will provide a broad overview of best practices for colleges, including those based on the Interassociational Good Practices and the Forum on Education Abroad Standards. The webinar will feature the kinds of questions colleges need to ask to develop good policies so they can continue to encourage study abroad.
The webinar costs $199 and will consist of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no conference call required for this event -- the entire presentation, including audio, is delivered via the web. You may gather as many colleagues as you like to view the webinar via one monitor, but only one login per registration will be allowed. This event will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by SpeechText Access.
Click here for more information, or to register for this event.
The MOOC Moment
A free webinar from Inside Higher Ed
May 30, 2 p.m. Eastern
Click to register
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become the talk of academe, with many colleges and universities debating whether they should start them or join one of the consortiums offering the courses. A recent Gallup survey of college and university presidents found that these leaders view MOOCs with skepticism. Faculty responses range from fear for their jobs, to cynicism, to enthusiasm, to inspiration. Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman as they review the history, frame the context, and look to the future of MOOCs in this free webinar.
Read up before the webinar -- click here to download a free copy of “The MOOC Moment,” our booklet of forward-looking articles and essays about MOOCs, with enthusiasts and skeptics alike examining curricular and financial issues.
"The MOOC Moment" booklet (and webinar) is made possible in part by the generous financial support of Academic Partnerships. Your registration information will be shared with the company.
Just Flip It -- From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom
A free webinar from Sonic Foundry
May 21, 12 p.m. Eastern
Click to register
Clemson University Professor Ralph Welsh introduced flipped instruction to his classes three years ago, redesigning and refining his courses over time, and putting the onus on the student to come to class already having watched the lectures and ready to engage in conversation.
During that time he’s met and overcome challenges and reset his teaching style to rave reviews from students. Join Ralph as he presents a how-to guide for introducing flipped instruction, and shares lessons learned along the way including:
How to set and manage student expectations
His process of taking in feedback, evaluating it and re-introducing new methods into the classroom
Tips on how to educate your colleagues on your new workload and get your department on board with what you’re doing
Just Flip It -- From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom is presented by Sonic Foundry and is not an editorial offering of Inside Higher Ed.
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