Category Archives: research topics

A fine hoax of attitudes towards adjuncts in the Chronicle

Congratulations to the Chronicle of Higher Education for running a very convincing hoax. They recently published a “letter to the editor”, entitled “Is That Whining Adjunct Someone We Want Teaching Our Young?” It’s a terrific attempt to mimic the attitude … Continue reading

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Closing a college

An American college is getting ready to shut down.  Lebanon College (New Hampshire) replaced its website with a simple announcement: Gone are all menus and links, from what I can make out. Lebanon College faces problems familiar to many other … Continue reading

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On education racing the machines

How is education responding to new technologies of automation?  I’m quoted on this in a new Pew Internet report. “The education system is not well positioned to transform itself to help shape graduates who can ‘race against the machines.’ Not in … Continue reading

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Technology from disruptive to darling

Here’s a nice graph of how our views of a technology (or product) change over time: It’s from the forthcoming TBD Catalog, which looks fascinating. (via Bruce Sterling’s Flickr)

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Queen sacrifice in New Hampshire

Another American campus is laying off full-time faculty.   The New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College (NHTI), is ending fourteen “teaching positions“. This fits into my queen sacrifice model pretty well, whereby an institution cuts core personnel (faculty) and reduces certain programs. … Continue reading

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Making MOOCs work on campus

What can we do with MOOCs in 2014, after that bubble has popped? In “Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland” (pdf) Rebecca Griffiths, Matthew Chingos, Christine, and Mulhern Richard … Continue reading

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How can we reform the adjunct system?

How can American academia’s adjunct situation be improved?  What’s the best way to address this humanitarian crisis?  Can we fix this labor disaster? This question surfaced during a Twitter discussion today.  Several of us were criticizing the increased casualization of … Continue reading

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