Comments on: That time of the year: empty brains, embodiment, Bartleby, and the mooks pushing MOOCs http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:44:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Research isn’t part of Professor Pushbutton’s job description. « More or Less Bunk http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1200779 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:59:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1200779 [...] – Historiann, December 6, 2012. [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1194239 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:29:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1194239 So you’d think. But I think many public American universities are happy to become the Community Colleges of the world. Private unis might be like medieval monasteries–the places of last resort that keep the lamp of learning (through research) alight.

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By: undine http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1194222 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:21:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1194222 “Who’s going to fund research?”–exactly. I keep fretting about the economics of MOOCs (or did, until another self-imposed posting hiatus about them), because even if questions about the quality of instruction aren’t gathering any traction, questions about economics would get the attention of administrators and businesspeople, or so you’d think.

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By: Shane in Utah http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1193914 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:26:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1193914 “I’m wondering what scholarship actually “funds itself?” All of those people over in the sciences, med schools, vet schools, and the like are living off of federal government grants!”

A lot of them, yes. But in addition to the pressure to win grants, there’s also pressure in the sciences and engineering to invent technologies that can be patented and can bring revenue into the university. (The guy who invented the formula for Crest toothpaste was a researcher at Indiana U, and they’ve been dining on the proceeds there ever since.) Frankly, I find the competition for government grants less insidious than the competition to engage in public/private partnerships for profit…

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1193797 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:57:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1193797 Oh, I should have said we’re talking about lower division seminars, not undergrad ones…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1193636 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:29:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1193636 “Residential instruction” is just what my uni calls classes that meet F2F in a classroom with both embodied students and an embodied instructor.

I think it’s sad that we have to call it that, rather than just “a course.”

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By: Comradde PhysioProffe http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1193635 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:27:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1193635 Comrade: you could host a chapter-a-day read-a-thon of Moby Dick on your blog. I’d participate in that (and fortunately, Melville’s chapters are really short!)

Thatte’s a very interesting idea! I’m gonna think about itte!

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1192939 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:32:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1192939 I too disagree with koshembos’ assertion that teaching, classroom or orherwise, does not inform research in science. Figuring out how to communicate both fundamentals and obscure details can change the way you think about them, introduce connections you had not appreciated, drive you down new topical avenues that circle back to your own work, it goes on and on. What a dreary thing teaching would be if it did not ignite creative sparks in the teacher.

Also, “residential instruction!” Brava.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1192856 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:57:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1192856 Oh, I just want to sing a song of praise to my students. They have lives, they are complicated, but they are such good people. (Most of ‘em; I’ve had my duds.) I’m sure you can open doors in similar ways online, but I know it’s much harder work.

And teaching not only feeds ideas for teaching, but also for research. Hmmm, I say to myself. Wonder where that will lead.

We are undergoing program review this year, so my colleagues and I met for two hours today and agreed that in a perfect world we would institute undergraduate seminars for majors, but we don’t yet have the staff to do it. Our U not only gives semi-security (three years at a stretch) after a certain number of years as a lecturer, but it also has a category of lecturers who have tenure. They teach twice our load, and are evaluated on their teaching, not research. So we are thinking about this, but as H’ann notes, in this context, the lecturers are clearly our colleagues…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/06/that-time-of-the-year-empty-brains-embodiment-bartleby-and-the-mooks-pushing-moocs/comment-page-1/#comment-1192536 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 01:48:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20054#comment-1192536 Comrade: you could host a chapter-a-day read-a-thon of Moby Dick on your blog. I’d participate in that (and fortunately, Melville’s chapters are really short!)

wini: Do you teach at Baa Ram U.? Just asking, because our institutions sound quite similar. I feel your pain, and your resentment on behalf of your students. The *majority* of students major in the Liberal Arts college, and as at your uni, their tuition is kited to support dying departments that are part of the *historic identity* of the institution.

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