A Midwest community college pushes for widespread use of OER

At one Midwest community college, it’s a group effort to get 70 percent of instructors using open educational resources by 2020.


Advice for what to do over the rest of the summer to land a new job (essay)

David Shorter offers advice on what you might do between now and the next academic hiring season to help land a new job.

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Another Year on the Academic Job Market

Lacuna lets students annotate online materials

An open annotation program allows students to explore the humanities in depth, with peers and across classes.

Ideas for Building an Online Community

Let students get to know you, require interaction and other strategies.

Training instructors to use tech tools

Amy Rottmann and Salena Rabidoux provide six strategies for preparing educators to teach online or with in-class technologies. 

Is Online Education Creating More Jobs for Instructors?

In Inside Higher Ed this week, the ed-tech blogger Josh Kim asks if online learning is a job creation engine for educators. He said that many colleges draw their online faculty from the same pool of full-time faculty members and part-time adjunct instructors who teach residential courses.

"If anything," he wrote, "I’ve seen online learning offer more opportunities for teaching gigs for all higher ed teachers."

Steven Salaita Says He's Leaving Academe

Three years after Steven Salaita lost a promised tenured position in American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the tone of his anti-Israel tweets, he’s leaving academe. Salaita, who had most recently been a visiting professor at American University of Beirut, said in a widely shared Facebook post that he’s been recruited by colleagues and applied to academic jobs on four continents, but “management” inevitably blocks his hire. “I often feel like I’m reliving the [Illinois] fiasco,” he wrote, “ which isn’t conducive to the kind of mood I prefer to inhabit. I’m easygoing, but I refuse to tolerate the indignities of a blacklist.”

Salaita said his immediate plans, in the Washington area, involving writing and giving talks, and that he feels no regret for condemning a “brutal ethnocratic state.” Nor does he intend to “slosh around in self-pity,” he wrote. “Whatever I end up doing, I will maintain the spirit of noncompliance that defined my time in academe. If you take any lesson from my ouster, please don’t let it be fear or caution. Docility is a gift to those who profit from oppression. Academe can no longer afford this luxury.”

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Debate over art, teaching and prejudice at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Adjunct at School of the Art Institute of Chicago quits, calling out perceived culture of political correctness after students complained about course content.

Bryan College faces more turmoil in response to firing of much loved longtime professor

College that has been in turmoil since 2014 requirement that everyone recognize Adam and Eve as historical figures faces new unrest with dismissal of tenured veteran professor.

Divisions within Hypatia's editorial board lead to the resignations of top editors

Divisions within the journal’s editorial board, sparked by an article on transgenderism, lead to the resignations of top editors and suspension of associate editorial board.


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