Improv 'Pimp' Exercise Results in Lawsuit

A student is suing Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, saying that his free speech rights were violated after he followed a theater professor’s instructions to act like a pimp trying to collect money from a sex worker. Joshua Zale, the student, in his lawsuit says that he was clearly asked to pretend he was a pimp during an improv exercise, but was later banned from registering for new classes for using an “unacceptable” word and causing a “disruption” during a related meeting with college administrators, according to the Chicago Tribune. Zale in his complaint says he refused to write an essay for punishment and is seeking monetary damages and the ability to once again register for classes. A college spokesperson declined comment on the pending litigation. The lawsuit does not specify which word the college allegedly found offensive, and Zale did not return a request for comment.

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Campus group proposing broad countermovement against white nationalism and racism

Campuses are targets of the alt-right. A new group is proposing a broad, campus-based countermovement.

Professor Wrongly Identified as White Supremacist

Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Arkansas, was mistakenly identified as a participant in Friday’s white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Va., The New York Times reported. The bad call was part of an internet crowdsourcing effort to name and shame rally attendees, which resulted in Quinn being flooded with angry messages on social media. Many called on the university to fire him.

Quinn, who runs a wound-healing research lab, bears a clear resemblance to a man who was photographed at the rally wearing an Arkansas Engineering T-shirt. But the professor was with fellow faculty members and other university administrators in Arkansas all weekend, the university confirmed in a statement. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that," Quinn told the Times.

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Younger people think they gain more knowledge from technology than from humans, study finds

New study finds young adults believe they learn more from technology than from fellow humans. Experts say such results reinforce need for greater classroom emphasis on how to use technology to pursue knowledge.

Why faculty members should help with move-in day (essay)

By getting involved, faculty members directly work toward institutional goals like creating a positive learning environment and improving retention rates, argues Kirstin Kelley.

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Associated Colleges of the South tries on blended learning for size

Associated Colleges of the South has worked to expand its commitment to blended and hybrid learning. Results have been mixed, as costs haven't gone down and faculty skepticism hasn't evaporated.

Experts react to ambitious National University plans for personalized learning

The California nonprofit is spending $20 million to create a platform blending several emergent innovations. Experts see promise but challenges, too.

Booklet and webcast available on online education

"New Directions in Online Education" is a compilation of articles and essays from Inside Higher Ed. The print-on-demand booklet can be downloaded here, free.

Which is better -- reading in print or on-screen?

A scholarly report states students may not comprehend complex text in a digital format as well as in print. Other educators argue both formats have value.

Using digital storytelling to transform learning

Three University of Minnesota staff members write that by employing multimedia and expert sources, students consider issues from multiple viewpoints and better analyze problems and potential solutions.


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