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November 21, 2009 - 9:19am
Two recent instances of professorial plagiarism - New Zealand novelist Witi Ihimaera and, allegedly, Ohio State University mathematician Azita Manouchehri - have UD thinking once more about this odd and endless practice of stealing other people's words and work.
November 19, 2009 - 11:16pm
Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues. William Ferris. The University of North Carolina Press, November 2009. $35.00.Review by Katya Cummins
November 19, 2009 - 9:30pm
First, if you've ever wanted a sense of academic hiring, read Profgrrrrl's post. Now. Slowly. It's all true.Worse, it doesn't stop at the department level.Let's say, for the sake of argument, that your dean/vp didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Any chances that s/he might be wise to some of these factors? (Hint: Yes.)
November 19, 2009 - 9:21pm
How will academic libraries make sure that their content is available on a 3.5-inch mobile device? Should this even be a goal of the academic library?
November 19, 2009 - 9:10pm
My first week of graduate school found me in a microeconomics class with a teacher reviewing the assumptions behind what is commonly called the “Adam Smith hypothesis”. Referring to the founder of the discipline of economics, it is a hypothesis that free markets work well, and that work so well that under them no one can be made better off without someone else being made worse off. This can actually be proven using calculus, using a proof that makes us math geeks smile, but it is dependent on several assumptions that may or may not be true in all situations.
November 18, 2009 - 9:58pm
At this point in the semester, my students – who once seemed an amorphous blob of Kaylas, Kyras, and Karas — have emerged as distinct, complicated, and often intriguing personalities. As always, the courses I’ve carefully planned on paper fail to take into account the living, breathing people who comprise them. And while I challenge myself to design courses that engage and inspire every type of student, it is of course the students themselves who define the course’s identity.
November 18, 2009 - 9:42pm
An occasional correspondent writes: At one of my adjunct gigs (where I teach just once a week) the HR department has sent me a 45 minute online training video about harassment in the workplace complete with a quiz I have to pass. Is this a reasonable thing to ask of a very part time employee? They tell me it's mandatory.None of my other jobs make me do this kinda thing. I mean if it was one video that would be one thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion that an HR department that does this once is liable to do it repeatedly.
November 18, 2009 - 9:39pm
Brad Stone has an interesting piece "The Argument for Free Classes via iTunes" in today NYTimes. He reports that iTunesU now has ~250,000 individual classes available for download and that other platforms like YouTube.edu are experiencing dramatic growth.
November 18, 2009 - 8:05pm
Let me start by saying that I'm tremendously conflicted on this subject. Probably the first lessons I taught my children when they were old enough to watch TV were that (1) commercials lie, and (2) lots of kids' shows are just half-hour commercials. Pure selling is not something I'm good at, or that I enjoy, or that I can respect in anything but the most cynical manner.
November 17, 2009 - 9:41pm
Yesterday a reader commented that "[y]our blog paints such a sad portrait of a cc." I didn't think that was true, but if it is, then I need to issue a correction.


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