Comments on: Foily thought of the day http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:56:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1019054 Sun, 20 May 2012 00:53:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1019054 Getting stuff ready for the recyclery on Monday recalls that by far the better of the articles in the NYT’s op-ed space on Wednesday–running right next to Thomas Friedman’s puff piece for the massive online course– was “Nuns on the Frontier,” by Anne M. Butler, previewing her forthcoming book _Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920_ (no publisher specified). Although not otherwise relevant to this post, I’m figuring that Historiann could work it onto a syllabus at some point if not into the thread, and that this was therefore an appropriate place to call attention to it. Oh, yeah, the link to the thread on “Distance Ed” is the paragraph describing some of the travails and trajectories these women took just to get to the American West. No just “hit send” back in those days. Unless perhaps you were a bishop in some European cathedral authorizing the mission.

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By: Z http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018499 Sat, 19 May 2012 01:44:49 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018499 Re F grades: it is perverse. They slow progress to degree which affects our funding formula as per legislation allegedly designed to encourage everyone to produce more graduates on time or closer to it. (Really, what this does is punish universities with part time students or students who move more slowly for other reasons, usually having to do with not coming from the more comfortable classes.)

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By: Dutchie http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018327 Fri, 18 May 2012 19:03:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018327 I’ve wondered about the plagiarism potential in the “robo-grading” schemes being pushed in “trials” recently. What machine is going to catch my famous freshman insertion of “dialectical materialism” in an essay and trace it right back to the website it was copied from? I’m sure that given the algorithyms described in the promotion of these grading programs the student will get bonus points for those “long words” embedded in someone else’s complex sentences….

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018302 Fri, 18 May 2012 17:50:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018302 At my uni, Ws still have to pay for the course, since they dropped the course after the add/drop period. (They just can avoid an F on their transcript–that’s the only advantage.)

I don’t understand how F grades could or should possibly cost the university. That seems perverse.

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By: Z http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018297 Fri, 18 May 2012 17:34:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018297 It costs *us* to have students drop, since each W changes the amount of funding we get from the state. I think Fs also cost.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018294 Fri, 18 May 2012 17:24:19 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018294 Notorious: I had coffee yesterday with a former student who’s teaching online these days, and she wondered about exactly the same thing you did re: plagiarism. Who knows who’s doing the work that she’s grading? She has no way to verify this.

Interestingly, the only people I know who are teaching online are doing it for the do-re-mi. Not a single one of my friends or correspondents who teach online do it because they believe in it. It’s just a way to make some extra dough. But because it seems like such a cynical enterprise to begin with, maybe that kind of cynicism is understandable. (Plagiarism or forged homework? NEVER understandable.)

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By: Professors of the world unite. You have more to lose than just your jobs. « More or Less Bunk http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1018129 Fri, 18 May 2012 11:04:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1018129 [...] the comments of this terrific Historiann post, I am shocked, shocked to see that Tom Friedman loves MOOCs: Welcome to the college education [...]

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1017889 Fri, 18 May 2012 02:38:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1017889 Update on Coursera: [Source: Report of the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission (SCOF), University of Pennsylvania, May 8, 2012]:

“[Penn's Provost] has just announced a new initiative in which Penn, along with Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, will participate in Coursera, an open-access web platform for online classes, led by university faculty members, that draw on their areas of expertise and existing courses. SCOF was not consulted on this program, and it is incumbent on us to examine the effect of the faculty on this program, and vice versa…” U of Penn, _Almanac_, May 8, 2012, p. 4.

One presumes that the faculty at large was not consulted in any other manner either, or else that governance at Penn is pretty wing-ey or mix-and-matchish. Anyone who doubts that these big meta-initiatives–coming out of computer science departments at entrepreneurial elite universities and cheer-led by media “change agents”–will serve to reduce faculties to deployable storefront delivery systems for administratively-chosen curricular regimes should be comfortable on the next planet toward which the academy seems to be navigating in this era.

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By: That's Grantastic! http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1017726 Thu, 17 May 2012 20:23:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1017726 Thought you would be interested in this discussion of corporate-annexed research, including some interesting notions of the antipopulism of land-grants.

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/14/monsantos_college_strangehold/

I think they meant “stranglehold,” but the misprint is also apt.

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By: Bill Harshaw http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/16/foily-thought-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-1017705 Thu, 17 May 2012 19:13:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18814#comment-1017705 Margaret Soltan (George Washington U) at University Diaries has blogged against Powerpoint, etc. in the lecture hall, the abuses of athletics,etc. Despite her skepticism, she now has a gig in the MOOC lecturing on poetry. She reflects on her early experience at Inside Higher Education here http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-diaries/mooc-synthesizer-vii-0

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