The field of writing studies has been arguing for decades about disposing of current-traditionalism (CT). Scholars, professional groups, graduate students, and even deans now advocate for teaching written communication in other ways. These new paradigms, collectively known as post-process, have shown considerably better student outcomes and improved teaching experience. Yet, the fact remains that they … Continue reading Zombie Paradigms in the Classroom: Assuaging the Problems of Current-Traditionalism
I explore what shadow courses (also known as ‘parallel courses’) are, how they operate, who offers them, and who takes them.Shadow Courses and Their Impact on Academic Integrity
TIB's recent presentation on their diagnostic of the private-university scenario in Bangladesh. Almost all these universities are English-medium, and more often than not, are simply certificate factories. http://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/images/2014/ppt_ds_private-univ_14_bn.pdf
Worth checking out
by Doris Ruth Eikhof
In the past two years UK universities have frantically prepared their submissions to the sector-wide assessment of their research prowess and output, the Research Excellence Framework, or REF. They have evaluated research outputs, written about their research environment and strategy and poached star researchers from other in institutions to make themselves look good on paper. The REF submissions are being evaluated as I type and the next two years are likely to be spent dealing with the fall-out once results are announced. In the current pause between those two bouts of frantic REF-related activity, I stumbled across a voice from the past that, as so infuriatingly often, succinctly and authoritatively dealt with a key issue this round of REF posed for the first time: that of the relationship between academia and its non-academic context – let’s call it society.
View original post 1,187 more words
Colleges Are Buying Stuff They Can't Afford and Making Students Pay for It Article in The Nation about the various aspects of rising college expenditure, and how a lot of the money spent have nothing to do with teaching or research - the raison-de-etre for these institutions.
Critical theorist, Vilém Flusser’s main agendas is a “recoding of history” not in terms of historical consciousness, but on the operative imperatives of apparatuses. This recoding inevitably takes the form of imperialism that at first glance appears to advocate a “value-free regime,” but which Flusser writes is better understood as an “order [of] all values … Continue reading Does Writing Have a Future in the Peripheries?
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/college-the-great-unleveler/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=international&_r=0 Dr. Suzanne Metler provides a solid analysis of decades-long transformation in higher education, making it ever more difficult to access and afford.
U. of Illinois at Chicago Strike Showed Unusual Support for Contingent Faculty Strike at the University of Illinois at Chicago for improving the working conditions of instructors who work on a contingent basis, off the tenure track.
Professors, We Need You! Kristoff on the anti-intellectualism of public conversations in the US and the ivory-tower esoterism of professors and academic commentaries.