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In an Era of Fake News and Growing Public Distrust, Institutions Must Reframe the Narrative

In an Era of Fake News and Growing Public Distrust, Institutions Must Reframe the Narrative

“Sixty-one percent of Americans, Democrats and Republics alike, now believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction. The rise of mistrust in higher education must be viewed within the context of a resurgence in post-truth politics.” [English profs: shouldn’t that be “believes?”] [Everyone else: Really? “Post-truth???” Jeez.] See the link below. In an Era of Fake News and Growing Public Distrust, Institutions Must Reframe the Narrative  

Tired of expensive textbooks? Interested in OER?

Tired of expensive textbooks? Interested in OER?

Me too! Here is an article on how much it actually costs to develop an open educational resources (OER)-based course, from soup to nuts, whether you do it on your own or with a team. (Let me know if you want to play with an ALG proposal…) Report Pegs Cost to Develop an OER Course at $11,700

HELL FREEZES OVER!!!

HELL FREEZES OVER!!!

Normally I wait until Friday to sift through all the sci/ed e-mails for interesting articles to post about, but this one merited an emergency post after landing in my inbox (on Wednesday!): Study Finds Flipped Classroom Model Does Not Improve Grades in Health Science Course First learning styles, now the flipped classroom. IS NOTHING SACRED?!?!? (The above = tongue in cheek. Just reiterates the importance of effective instruction — and assessment! — whatever tool/method/trendy gimmick/etc. you use.)

Turn Prisons Into Colleges

Turn Prisons Into Colleges

FYI: Perimeter College (Georgia State) has a program in which faculty can teach in Georgia prisons, including minimum security facilities. Check it out here: http://perimeter.gsu.edu/gsupep/ For the NY Times Op-Ed article on similar programs: Turn Prisons Into Colleges

Why I Stopped Allowing Laptops in My Classes

Why I Stopped Allowing Laptops in My Classes

  The evidence has been around for years and is mounting: taking notes on a laptop (in classes or in meetings — colleagues, take note!) results in less learning. Although students may not feel comfortable without that particular crutch, keeping laptops out of the classroom helps them process lecture material or active learning sessions. Added bonus: no Facebook during class. Here’s the article from the New York Times.

How Google Took Over the Classroom

How Google Took Over the Classroom

An in-depth article from the New York Times on the history of G-Suite and its growth in public schools. (Reminds me of a few years ago when there was a Google Apps seminar here on campus that no one from our own tech departments knew about…) How Google Took Over the Classroom

Study Finds Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

Study Finds Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

“A low-income black student’s probability of dropping out of school is reduced by 29 percent if he or she has one black teacher in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. That student is also 18 percent more likely to express interest in college after graduating. There was an even stronger effect for black boys from persistently low-income homes: Their probability of dropping out of school is reduced by 39 percent if they have one black teacher, and they are 29 percent…

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

“Housing insecurity doesn’t care about the prestige of your institution, or whether it’s a two-year or a four-year college…It doesn’t care about your gender or your religion or your background. Hard circumstances can fall on anyone. Some people have a safety net for that kind of thing. Some people don’t.” Beyond the Problem of Student Homelessness, New York Times 2017-04-07

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