Category Archives: Academia

Discussions of academic life and matters pertaining

Is it time to ban studies of computers in classrooms?

“Is It Time To Ban Computers From Classrooms?” asks the title of an NPR blog post by Tania Lombrozo. Her post is a mostly accurate summary of a new working paper by Carter, Greenberg and Walker: “The Impact of Computer … Continue reading

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Gardner Campbell’s “Apgar” test for student engagement

Thanks to a link from my Twitter feed, I clicked on Gardner Campbell’s UNFIS 2015 keynote talk on “A Taxonomy of Student Engagement” on Youtube. I was enraptured for over an hour – the video itself is an hour and … Continue reading

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Jury finds Clark Atlanta U. breached contract and acted in bad faith in firing tenured faculty

I wrote a few posts about the mass faculty layoffs by Clark Atlanta University that occurred in early February, 2009. My wife was one of 54 faculty laid off, although she was tenured, in her 20th year, and had a current … Continue reading

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Learning Catalytics and the Flipped Class

One of the greatest challenges for a teacher or instructor is to discern what students are actually learning and thinking. All teachers have the experience of expounding on a key topic, with wonderful images, diagrams, and examples, only to find … Continue reading

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The fallacy of evaluating “the flipped class”

In nearly 30 years of teaching, I can’t recall another teaching innovation that has aroused such interest and rapid adoption among college faculty as the “flipped” class. Somewhat belatedly, we are now seeing studies to test whether the flipped class … Continue reading

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How to stave off the MOOCpocalypse

College faculty are not yet an endangered species, but they are pressured as never before. Full-time tenure track faculty comprise a shrinking portion of faculty at all degree-granting institutions, and the majority of faculty have part-time, adjunct or contingent faculty … Continue reading

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A victory for college faculty in Georgia

College and university faculty should long remember February 6, 2009 as a day of infamy. On that day, Clark-Atlanta University (CAU) fired 54 faculty, 14 of them tenured, well into the spring semester, with no notice, on the pretext of … Continue reading

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