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May 12, 2010 - 9:20pm
I heard a great idea from a faculty member today: lecture capture for prelims.Apparently, students are making use of recorded lectures to prepare for prelim questions in specialized topics. The recorded lectures are golden; as the student can be pretty sure they will be able to focus on the topics and problems the professor on their prelim committee cares most about.
May 12, 2010 - 11:48am
In surfing around the web I came upon this old thread, started in January last year on the Chronicle's “Balancing work and life” forum, and then picked up again in June. A young tenure-track faculty member at a research-intensive university with two under-two year olds started the thread with the post: “I’m thinking of leaving academia” (for the reasons that she has become overwhelmed with balancing the job and family.
May 11, 2010 - 9:56pm
Much of the campus discussion about students with disabilities has revolved around ways to provide accommodations that are both effective and appropriate for the course. I've been struck by the goodwill exhibited (most of the time) on all sides.That said, I'm seeing more of the flip side recently.
May 11, 2010 - 9:26pm
My offer is to evaluate the quality of a (hopefully representative) sample of your online course design and report the results in this space.I will not be able to evaluate the quality of your faculty, or the interaction in the course. This means that my evaluation will be limited to judging the quality of the course design and course curricular materials available through your online platform.Why do I make this offer?Mainly, I'm curious if any online for-profit colleges will take me up on it.
May 11, 2010 - 5:55pm
I hear tell that Newsweek is for sale. Not just the latest issue, the whole operation. A modern media icon at a bargain basement price. Can Time be far behind?
May 10, 2010 - 9:44pm
Our campus has a May term, an early summer school term that starts up soon after graduation and offers students the opportunity to pick up one class rather intensively over the course of the next four or six weeks. I've never taught it; every May I just feel grateful to have made it to graduation unscathed, and I usually take a few weeks to decompress before I return to my research projects and to planning my fall semester courses.
May 10, 2010 - 9:19pm
This post at Mama Ph.D. raised a number of worthwhile issues. It's basically about people making distinctions between the 'essential' subjects -- the ones at which your performance really matters -- and the 'frills.' I've heard students talk about this more times than I care to remember. But I have to admit that there's something to it.
May 10, 2010 - 9:08pm
"I see you rolling your eyes. That’s right, you: the one in the fake-vintage rock ’n’ roll T-shirt and thick-framed glasses reading this on an iPhone at the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game. But you know exactly what I’m talking about, pal."
May 10, 2010 - 2:40pm
On the way to campus this morning, I happened to catch "The Environment Report", from UMich. What struck me was a brief item about how US consumers attribute too much virtue to the "organic" label on commercial food products.
May 9, 2010 - 9:42pm
Without giving too much away, I'll just say that my college uses one format for final exams, and is considering switching to another in a couple of years. I've been thinking about the relative advantages of different formats, and would love to hear from my wise and worldly readers about their experiences with the different schedules. I'll admit being pretty agnostic on this one.The various formats I've seen:1. Run the regular class schedule right up to the bitter end; let each class schedule its own final, if any.


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