Welcome to your May 2015 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
Religion and robots topped the charts on Inside Higher Ed in May. Our best-read story last month was a Views essay by Thomas C. Terry asking why academics are so quick to mock or criticize Mormons, when they would never joke about or question the beliefs of many other groups. The discussion in the comments section is lengthy and heated. Libby Nelson's story about a new "lifestyle statement" at Shorter University -- which has prompted many faculty and staff members to resign rather than sign the document -- also sparked intense debate. A recent study found that students taught statistics mainly through software learned as much as peers taught primarily by humans. (Adding insult to injury? The robots got the job done quicker.) Steve Kolowich's coverage of the study lit up the share button and the comments section.
BOOK WITH BUZZ
In her new novel, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates depicts the struggles -- both external and psychological -- of a university's first female president. Click here to read Serena Golden’s article about the book (as well as all Inside Higher Ed's books coverage).
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
Inside Higher Ed participated in its first ever Capitol Challenge, a 3-mile charity race held each May that's open to government and journalist-types. Our two teams didn't win, but the team names - Run Like Pell and The Completion Agenda - earned some praise. The fastest IHE runner was reporter Kevin Kiley, who was the first team captain to cross the finish line with an impressive 18:43, quick enough for him to outpace Sen. John Thune by 13 seconds.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Kaustuv Basu travels to New York on June 6 to cover a meeting sponsored by the Teagle Foundation titled “What Works and What Matters in Student Learning."
Steve Kolowich and Fiona Wright travel to Chicago June 18 for the annual conference of the Association of American University Presses.
Paul Fain will be in Las Vegas June 20-22 for the annual conference of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. Friday the 22nd at 10 a.m., he'll participate in a panel discussion on "Gainful Employment: Institutional and Policy Perspectives."
On June 21, Scott Jaschik participates on a panel at the "Strengthening Developmental Education: What Have We Learned, and What's Next?" conference at Columbia Teachers College in New York.
Juan Risso will be in San Francisco June 27-29 for the Google I/O 2012 conference.
STAFF NEWS -- Inside Higher Ed says a fond farewell to reporting intern Mitch Smith, who's moving on to an internship at the Chicago Tribune. Replacing Mitch is Elise Young. Elise is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is majoring in Peace, War and Defense as well as journalism. She studied this spring at King's College London. She has been a reporter and editor for UNC's Daily Tar Heel, and interned at the U.S. State Department in London and the Daily Caller.
Recruitment advertising representative Alana Courtois will be leaving Inside Higher Ed as of June 22 to pursue a degree in public health at Tulane University this fall. We wish her all the best as she starts a new chapter down in New Orleans. (And yes -- that means we're hiring! Get information about our recruitment advertising representative position by clicking here.)
Lauren Rouppas will be joining the Inside Higher Ed team on June 11 in the new position of web designer. Lauren graduated from Ohio University in 2008 with a degree in visual communication. Since then she has worked for several firms doing web (and some print) design for a range of outside clients.
RECENT VISITORS -- Lots of interesting guests sat down with Inside Higher Ed reporters and editors in May, including visitors from Sallie Mae, Sinclair Community College, Princeton University Press, CourseSmart, Augustana College, Florida State University, NC State University, University of Chicago Press, Apollo Research Institute, Johnson and Wales University, and McGraw Hill. We're always happy to host higher education leaders in our DC offices. Contact Scott at email@example.com or Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a visit.
Editorial Webinars from Inside Higher Ed
Making Reverse Transfer Work
Inside Higher Ed presents a one-hour webinar with Janet Marling, executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at the University of North Texas (and a clinical assistant professor at the university), on creating successful reverse transfer programs. Register early -- by June 13 -- and pay just $149.
Dealing With Sexual Assault Allegations
Inside Higher Ed presents a webinar with Scott A. Roberts, co-managing partner of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, in Boston, who will discuss how colleges and universities should handle sexual assault allegations. Register early -- by July 1 -- and pay just $149.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EDITORIAL WEBINARS FROM INSIDE HIGHER ED. You'll also find information about past presentations available for download.
A Practical Response to MOOCs – Live Webinar June 26
If you haven’t heard the hype, you soon will. MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, are free classes only offered online and wide open to anyone who wants to sign up. Skeptics call MOOCs outliers, but most people agree MOOCs will make an impact on the way we teach both students and adult learners in the future.
So what does this trend mean for you, your faculty and your campus? Can the MOOC model unlock the online teaching potential for every instructor on your campus right now?
Tune in for a live webinar Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. Central, featuring Dr. Pamela Havice of Clemson University, Sonic Foundry VP Education Sean Brown and moderated by Kenneth C. (Casey) Green, senior research consultant for Inside Higher Ed and publisher of the Campus Computing Project. Click here to register.
The content of this webinar is produced by Sonic Foundry and is not an Inside Higher Ed editorial offering.
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