My next Devil's Dictionary: a call for nominations

In 2016 we satirized educational technology keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2).  Now I’d like to tackle the words of education beyond ed tech.  Which vocabulary would you like to see skewered?

I have assembled a first list, to whet your appetite:

Adjunct
Assessment
Athletics
Board
Class
Communications
Curriculum
Dean
Degree
Development
Endowment
Faculty governance
Graduate school
Humanities
Legislature (state)
Pedagogy
PhD
President
Private (as in institution)
Professional development
Provost
Public (as in institution)
Publish or perish
Research
Residence halls
Social sciences
STEM
Student life
Syllabus
Tenure
Traditional student
Tuition

What else deserves a good Biercing?

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16 Responses to My next Devil's Dictionary: a call for nominations

  1. Skills
    Value proposition
    Diversity
    Legacy
    Greek life
    Mission statement
    Strategic plan
    Accreditation
    Credentials
    Grades
    GPA
    Study abroad
    Place-based learning
    Sustainability

    I am so looking forward to this…

  2. VanessaVaile says:

    Reblogged this on As the Adjunctiverse Turns and commented:
    Ready for some fun? Send suggestions to @BryanAlexander’s Devil’s Dictionary of EdSpeak

  3. Student – annoying person (for administration, faculty and staff) that is necessary to educational institutions for the extraction of financial resources from governments, corporations, churches and taxpayers.
    Student leader – demanding, annoying person (for administration, faculty and staff) that is necessary to educational institutions for the extraction of financial resources from governments, corporations, churches and taxpayers.
    Adult student – annoying person (for administration, faculty and staff) that is necessary to the institution for the extraction of financial resources from governments, corporations, churches and who also happens to be a taxpayer. Becoming the ‘new majority.’ Demands to follow.
    Critical thinking – a central mission of educational institutions; administration, faculty and staff teach ‘students’ to never apply reason of rationality to educational institutions, governments, corporations, churches or taxpayers. Application to religious institutions optional depending on funding sources. See Aaron Swartz’s short synopsis of Goffman’s “Cooling out the mark” – how institutions persuade people to accept things they think are wrong. http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/markcooling

  4. Learner – a person that learns despite educational institutions administration, faculty and staff or governments, corporations, churches and taxpayers.

  5. nukem777 says:

    Accreditation Student preferred pronouns Sabbatical Pension Student advisor Career Counselor

  6. lisalebduska says:

    Monetize. Incentivize. The Izes have it.

  7. Access (lots bundled in that one) Learner Driven Education – Student Agency Control/Ownership of Student Data

    *Scott Robison, Ph.D.* *Associate Director of eLearning Design* Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union, Mezz 209 Portland, OR 97201 503-725-9118 @otterscotter

    On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Bryan Alexander wrote:

    > Bryan Alexander posted: “In 2016 we satirized educational technology > keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2). Now I’d like to > tackle the words of education beyond ed tech. Which vocabulary would you > like to see skewered? I have assembled a first list, to whet ” >

  8. Mark Rush says:

    active learning

    On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 2:27 PM, Bryan Alexander wrote:

    > Bryan Alexander posted: “In 2016 we satirized educational technology > keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2). Now I’d like to > tackle the words of education beyond ed tech. Which vocabulary would you > like to see skewered? I have assembled a first list, to whet ” >

  9. Mark Rush says:

    flipped classroom.

  10. actualham says:

    Forgive me if you did some of these in the last round:
    Enrollment Management
    Interdisciplinary
    Scalability
    General Education
    Retrenchment
    Oh god I have to stop or I will start down a path that nobody should go down after lunch.

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