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On Boycotts – Part II

I had written a week or so ago about the hope that USC would boycott JanSport because of their relationship to VF Corporation (the parent company), and VF’s unwillingness to adhere to certain standards to protect workers, particularly in Bangladesh. A student from SCALE (the Student Coalition against Labor Exploitation) contacted me and told me that […]
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Why successful consortia for online learning are so difficult

Fishman, R. (2013) State U Online Washington DC: The New America Foundation Fishman, R. (2014) Seeking Your Input on Online Consortia and Online Community Colleges WCET Frontiers It would seem obvious that there would be great advantage in building consortia for online courses, so that courses could be shared between institutions, thus saving institutions the cost […]
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A new MOOC on how to do blended learning

Kelly, R. (2014) EDUCAUSE and UCF launching blended learning MOOC Campus Technology, 3 April EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida are offering a free MOOC called ‘BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer‘, which will run initially from April 21 to May 27. It is aimed primarily at faculty and instructional designers, will come away […]
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Contact North on Online Learning, Innovation, Flexibility and Open Educational Resources

Contact North’s humble office in Sudbury, Ontario Contact North continues to produce a range of interesting short pieces on different aspects of online learning. (Disclaimer: I am a Contact North research associate, and have contributed a few times.) The April 9 edition of Contact North’s Online Learning News contains three such contributions (all these pieces […]
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Making non-tenure-track faculty support a priority for campuses

Co-authored by Daniel Maxey As we present research on the problems associated with the changing faculty and student success, we often hear that changes don’t happen because it is hard to garner senior administrators’ attention to the issue of the changing faculty.  Instead, campus leaders are focused on budgets, access, affordability, internationalization, technology, assessment, and […]
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Adjuncts hired at poverty wages to reduce expenses; savings shifted to increase administrative hiring. At what cost?

Co-authored by Adrianna Kezar. The leaders of our colleges and universities have long claimed that they have no choice but to hire part-time faculty; they claim that to do otherwise would inevitably drive up costs and, by extension, the tuition billed to students.  A new study confirms what many advocates and activists for part-time faculty […]
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Cash poor or tight fisted? The money needed to begin properly supporting non-tenure-track faculty already exists.

As we travel around the country and speak with academic leaders of departments, schools, and colleges about the need to provide better support for non-tenure-track faculty, the response is often the same: constrained resources prevent them from acting; the money necessary to make any improvements just is not available.  One of the main reasons campuses […]
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As awareness grows, a lack of leadership in higher education on the changing faculty

Co-Authored by Adrianna Kezar Over the past few years, changes in the professoriate have garnered a significant amount of interest and attention in scholarly research, higher education periodicals, and the mainstream media.  Research continues to show that the lack of support provided for adjuncts impacts student learning conditions, as well as that when faculty are […]
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MADLaT conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in May

What: 13th Annual MADLaT conference: The conference promises lots of opportunities for you to explore relevant issues in e-learning and educational technology, inspire you with new ideas and provide time for you to network with colleagues Who: The Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training. Where: Red River College Notre Dame Campus located at 2055 Notre Dame Ave, […]
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Why do we assume the best-case scenario of professionals among the adjunct ranks?

Today, 51.2% of all instructional faculty in non-profit higher education are employed on a part-time basis (NCES, 2013). Part-time or adjunct faculty were historically employed to allow students to benefit from the experience of professionals practicing in their fields of study, increasingly, institutions are hiring off the tenure track to generate cost savings. Today, non-tenure-track […]