Altruism – Simple as That!

Invisible, roll-on protection. It’s altruism. Really. Can I get a witness? You have been protected! How saturated in the 1950s pre-digital era this email from MnSCU is. The pitch is straight out of commercial advertising: protect your home, your family, your innocence. Protect yourself from embarrassing body odor. Even the Civil Defense left it up… Continue reading Altruism – Simple as That!

a search advisory committee filters for leadership

The language of the upper echelons of leadership is digitalization… Otherwise, commands and censures, those two antisymmetrical instruments of leadership, could not be communicated.  KIttler, Gramophone, 249-50. Leadership requests strengths and weaknesses from advisory committees as a way to filter out the “accidental noise” of culture for “an absolute all-or-none organ.” The trench-warfare irony is that the advisory… Continue reading a search advisory committee filters for leadership

the double-edged hobson’s choice janus-faced statement of learning objectives

We’re closing in on getting classes started for spring, so I’ve been updating syllabi and course statements.  I’m really trying to cut – heavily cut – what I provide in the current Weblogs and Wikis statement. Not condense, not rework, but just cut.  One problem is that in explaining objectives and criteria for evaluation has to take… Continue reading the double-edged hobson’s choice janus-faced statement of learning objectives

the high summer turn, books, and a consideration of method

I don’t look forward to it, but the week of the 4th of July strikes high summer – the turning point of summer towards autumn. The green starts to fade, the wildflowers start to seed, and I have to get my fall book orders in and start some serious work on syllabi. The bookstore asks… Continue reading the high summer turn, books, and a consideration of method

course guarantee syllabus boilerplate

In keeping with the commodification of the teacher-learner relationship, I’m providing students in my classes with this guarantee. I can guarantee that what we are studying in this course, both subject and method, is applicable outside the classroom in your daily and your professional life. This course is designed so that what you learn during… Continue reading course guarantee syllabus boilerplate

from coursera to d2l: who’s gonna pwn you first?

This is from CUCFA President Meister’s Open Letter to Coursera Founder Daphne Koller, concerning Coursera pwning student user-assessment data. Eventually, all students in my Coursera class will learn that data that they now provide to the company for free -perhaps so that it can grade them -,will be the private property of Coursera, which can… Continue reading from coursera to d2l: who’s gonna pwn you first?

the xmooc backlash – take back the curriculum

I really shouldn’t enjoy the xMOOC backlash so much, but I do. Perhaps it’s because academics are beginning to unite. Here, it’s an issue of complicity:  The San Jose State professors also called out Michael Sandel, the Harvard government professor who developed the course for edX, suggesting that professors who develop MOOCs are complicit in how… Continue reading the xmooc backlash – take back the curriculum

pay no more than £2.99, or, let the faculty set the pricing of textbooks

Back  when I was a student in London and Bristol (c 1979) I found The Specials’s first album at Virgin records with a sticker on it that read Pay No More Than £2.99 £2.99 was a chunk of change back in the day, but not outlandish. Singles were 70p. A pint of bog-standard IPA was 35p.… Continue reading pay no more than £2.99, or, let the faculty set the pricing of textbooks