If you are interested, follow the link below. Here is the most interesting piece:
“Other panelists remarked that some institutions are much more limited in the ways they can experiment with MOOCs. In North Carolina, where community colleges are beginning to be evaluated and funded based on degree completion, no one is rushing to embrace a teaching model that retains less than 10 percent of students, said Laura Kalbaugh, dean of academic success and transition resources at Wake Technical Community College.”
North Carolina’s CC’s , like Massachusetts’, are being funded on a formula where retention and completion are key. It remains to be seen what if any role MOOCs could have in assisting stronger retention. So far, it doesn’t look promising.
This is a very interesting view of what is happening in college faculty specialization these days. A comparison is made between the stratification in the health professions, where Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and RNs work as a supporting professionals/contingent workforce and are benefitted, and well-paid, and the stratification of especially contingent work in academia — which is not any of those. A consideration of administrative roles, history of the teaching profession, and the possibility of a designated length of study for a Ph.D. are described. Well worth reading:
And now they have put this whole gen ed curriculum loaded onto ipads… wow!
BCC Full-time and Adjunct faculty are invited to register for this Intersession workshop to be held on Wednesday, January 15th. This session is open to faculty who have completed a Moodle orientation, and have used Moodle already for at least one semester, but have not offered an online or hybrid class yet (some faculty may be asked to complete the online Student Moodle Orientation before the class if they are relatively new to Moodle). This workshop will be led by Dori Digenti and Janet Collins, with a guest virtual presentation by English instructor Sean McPherson. Registration, agenda, and details are available here: http://ctlevents.wordpress.com/events-list/9164574489/
Check out this short read authored by Clay Christensen and Michael Horn. They are describing a pretty likely trajectory for higher education: