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Practicing Affection in the Academy – A Crosspost from Vitae

s200_robert.elderEarlier  today, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s online website, Vitae, published an article by one of our former Postdoctoral fellows, Bob Elder.  Elder examines in his article “Practicing Affection in the Academy,” both the trouble with MOOCs and the challenges of life as an adjunct.  What makes this essay truly worth reading is that Elder goes further than simply joining the fray.  He writes:

But while it’s easy to say “I told you so” to innovators and administrators [regarding MOOCs and labor issues with adjuncts], and deeply satisfying to see the failures of our academic labor system laid out with verve and wit, these stories also highlight a failure on the part of those pointing fingers to present a compelling case for why these developments in higher education were misguided in the first place.

Elder asks us to consider: “Why is it that we do what we do in the way that we do it?”  Go see what he has to say and how, with a little bit of help from Wendell Berry, we might find some “affection” in how we conduct the business of higher education.

Posted by Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Andrew Delbanco on MOOCs

At New Republic Andrew Delbanco locates MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) within the history of higher education’s attempts to use technology to make higher learning more accessible.  Terrific article not only on the history of MOOCs, their role in the current academy, and their possible impact, but this is one of the best articles on teaching and the meaning of higher learning I’ve read in some time.  Read the article, “MOOCs of Hazard:  Will Online Education Dampen the College Experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well…,” here.

Posted by Joe Creech

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