Academia and Academics
If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
New Students - New Learning Styles by Charles C. Schroeder. "As we are often reminded by various reports on the status of undergraduate education, learning is not a spectator sport. If we can expand the repertoire of learning activities open to us, perhaps we can greatly increase both our own satisfaction and our students' learning."
Computer Delusion by Todd Oppenheimer; Atlantic Monthly There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs -- music, art, physical education -- that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum, and the Clinton Administration has embraced the goal of "computers in every classroom" with credulous and costly enthusiasm [bjc: Awesome article. READ THIS].
The Condition of Education: National Center for Education Statistics 1996 Report.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Campuses by Sally Webster and Frank W. Connolly. Gene Washington, director of acdemic computing, is buzzed by his secretary to take an urgent call from Provost Marion Mossback. "Washington," yells Mossback, "what kind of trouble have you got Ypsilanti University into now?"
The Financial Mythology of Information Technology: Developing a New Game Plan by John L. Oberlin New economics are driving campuses to reassess their financial strategies for managing information technology investments. Many institutions will be faced with the prospect of developing an entirely new game plan. This new plan will require collaboration among academic, financial, and technical leaders; a rejuvenation of the collective conventional wisdom on campus; a shift to life-cycle budgeting; an emphasis on technology replacement; explicit plans to recycle old technology off campus; and, most of all, a willingness to recognize and accept the significant financial challenge that evolving information technologies will bring.
Building the Atmosphere for Perpetual Learning by Donald M. Norris President Strategic Initiatives, Inc. Transforming Higher Education: A Learning Vision for the 21st Century presented the thesis that learning will become a growth industry again in the Knowledge Age. But traditional approaches will prove inadequate to the needs of learners in that age. To be successful in the 21st century, learning must be available any time, any place, anywhere, and any how. It must be fused with work, personal development, recreation, and entertainment. In short, learning must become perpetual.
Will it happen at Cornel University? by Alan G. Merten, GMU's new President. "The key questions, I think, are: Should Cornell be reinvented? Can Cornell be re-invented? And finally, will Cornell be re-invented? My preliminary answers to these questions are yes; yes; and to the most important question, frankly, I am not sure."
Case Studies: Internet Applications For Institutional Research AIR Annual Forum Paper Presentation, Session #518 May 8th, 1996 John H. Milam, Jr. George Mason University This paper is designed to help readers learn to use the Internet for institutional research. The potential of the Internet is described through case studies/examples of real IR projects that may be completed with the help of Internet resources.
The Rochester Renaissance Plan: A Corporate Farewell To The Imagination At a time when universities are being remade in the corporate image, The Rochester Renaissance Plan illustrates what happens in higher education when corporate power goes unchecked. [[Yup, that's right, another sacred cow got gored. Sky is falling.]]
Metaphors We Compute By John M. Lawler A Lecture delivered to staff of the Informational Technology Division of the University of Michigan I'm going to talk today about metaphors. Everybody here has heard and used the word metaphor plenty in the course of your educational experience (and the amount of educational experience in this room is pretty staggering, so that makes lots of uses of the word). To quote a famous sage, "It's a common word, something you use everyday." It generally gets stored in memory with all the other stuff you learn in literature classes, like simile, plot, characters, rhyme, meter, and so on. And then it gets forgotten, or at least not looked at often, until and unless you do something literary. I'm here today to suggest that in fact there is a human phenomenon (which I will call metaphor, though what name you give it doesn't really matter much) that is much more important to everybody than all this would imply.
AAUP Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students This is a policy statement from the American Association of University Professors. As with all AAUP policy statements, it is in the public domain. For a comprehensive collection of AAUP statements see Policy Documents & Reports by the American Association of University Professors
Technology Refusal And The Organizational Culture Of Schools by Steven Hodas ABSTRACT: Analyses of the deployment of technology in schools usually note its lack of impact on the day-to-day values and practices of teachers, administrators, and students. This is generally construed as an implementation failure, or as resulting from a temperamental shortcoming on the part of teachers or technologists. It is predicated on the tacit assumption that the technology itself is value-free. This paper proposes that technology is never neutral: that its values and practices must always either support or subvert those of the organization into which it is placed; and that the failures of technology to alter the look-and-feel of schools more generally results from a mismatch between the values of school organization and those embedded within the contested technology.
New Students - New Learning Styles By Charles C. Schroeder Faculty nationwide are bewildered and frustrated with the students they see in their classrooms today. Unfamiliar with many of the new characteristics, they see contemporary students as hopelessly under prepared, or less bright or motivated than previous generations. Clearly, the way contemporary students view knowledge and derive meaning are vastly different from those of their instructors. These differences may be one of the causes of the low morale, sense of discouragement, and tendencies toward despair that are recounted across the country when faculty gather to discuss their roles as teachers.
Advice for Undergraduatesby Phil Agre This document contains informal advice for undergraduates who are thinking about graduate school. Graduate school comes in three varieties: professional schools (law, medicine, education, and so on), master's programs, and doctoral programs. I know very little about either professional schools or master's programs, so I will concentrate on doctoral programs. In particular, I will use the term "graduate school" to refer to doctoral programs. Much of my advice, though, probably applies to the other options as well. Please note, too, that I originally wrote this document for students in my own field and department. Things might work differently where you are. As with all advice, only trust these notes to the extent they correspond to your own experience.
Computerization Movements and Tales of Technological Utopianism by Susan Iacono & Rob Kling 1993 was a watershed year for the promotion of communications networks and computer technologies in the United States. President Clinton and Vice President Gore linked America's destiny with the creation of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), a vision of universal access to seamless computer networks and unlimited amounts of information. The NII is a new concept for transforming the lives of American people and revitalizing the economy (White House, 1993). It promises to "unleash an information revolution that will change forever the way people live, work and interact with each other." While high-speed computer networks, including the Internet, and related information technologies have been widely used and written about by computer specialists for many years, a recent explosion of articles in the popular press has raised public awareness and interest in the transforming potential of networked forms of social life. Ordinary citizens, as well as those with special interests in business or education, now resonate with the government's framing of a national agenda to network the nation.
City University The world is our campus INROADS Welcome to City University INROADS (Information Resource and Online Academic Degree System). Our Web site offers information about the university and is a vehicle for students to complete select courses via the Internet. This Web site promises to be highly interactive, from application and registration through completion of course work and communication with faculty, advisors and other students. Browse through our Web site and become familiar with City University and its program offerings. Please note that some areas are accessable only to enrolled students. If you have suggestions for better serving your information needs, please click here. Information, Program Offerings, Application Registration for Online Programs E-mail and Online Classrooms Student Union Choose this for a graphical representation of this page.
Association Of Research Libraries Statement Of Principles on Intellectual Property Patricia Brennan At the 124th meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, in Austin, Texas, the ARL Membership adopted Intellectual Property, An Association of Research Libraries Statement of Principles. John Black, ARL President, noted that "the adoption of these principles highlights the AssociationUs continuing commitment to upholding the rights and responsibilities of the research library community in the area of copyright and intellectual property."
InterCom: A newsletter of the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship 1. Pepperdine University joins CIOS institutional affiliates program 2. Search the online program for the Speech Communication Association conference (New Orleans, November 19-22) 3. A message from William Eadie (SCA Associate Director) about the new online conference program 4. Announcing the Endowment for Meta-Analysis Award 5. Call for Papers: Language, Play and Performance 6. How to cancel a Comserve hotline subscription
Some Thoughts To Provoke Thought Progressive Economists Network
Designing genres for new media: Social, economic, and political contexts; by Phil Agre; The Network Observer VOLUME 2, NUMBER 11 NOVEMBER 1995
Tragic loss or good riddance? The impending demise of traditional scholarly journalsAndrew M. Odlyzko July 16, 1994
Content, Communications, Productivity, and the Role of Information Technology in Higher Education Kenneth C. Green and Steven W. Gilbert Are you old enough to remember the slide rule? If handed one today, could you use it to perform simple math problems, let alone complex calculations?
Global Schoolhouse Project In recognition of National Science and Technology Week 1993 (April 26-May 1), the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is sponsoring the Global Schoolhouse project, an activity that will demonstrate how the Internet can be used to allow students all over the world to work and learn together, by communicating with each other, teachers, scientists, and even national and international leaders.
Creating The Library Of The Future Incrementalism Won't Get Us There Brian L. Hawkins Vice President for Academic Planning and Administration Brown University
The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Art by Richard A. Lanham; The University of Chicago Press Review: The personal computer has revolutionized the structure of communication, concealing beneath its astonishing versatility and consumer appeal a bold transition to electronic, postmodern culture. Unchecked by the inherent limitations of conventional print, digitized text has introduced a radically new medium of expression. Interactive, volatile, mixing word and image, the electronic word challenges all our assumptions about artistic, educational, and political discourse
Second Posting to Project McLuhan e-list 3/3/95 1. Introduction 2. "Thank You" 3. McLuhan Comm. Theory looks at the "Net" 4. Specific Projections for the Net 95-96 5. Feb 95 Interview with Nelson Thall (Pres. McLuhan Center) 6. Marshall Arts Contest Announced! 7. Our Archive Site! 8. Boilerplate (repeated with each post)
Welcome to the NetTeach News by Kathleen McGlynn Rutkowski Chaos publishes NetTeach News, a monthly newsletter directed to K-12 school administrators and teachers, providing them with information, innovative ideas, and incentive - based on the constant global scanning, analysis, and imagination of Chaos Publication's staff and contributors.
Promoting Network Civility at MIT Crime & Punishment, or the Golden Rule by Gregory A Jackson Director of Academic Computing MIT Is there a computer cluster somewhere where someone can be safe from pornography and harassment? I'm sick of this
What Is New Pathways To A Degree? Annenberg/Cpb Projects "The New Pathways to a Degree: Technology Opens the College" was an initiative of the Annenberg/CPB Projects in 1991 that sought to demonstrate the challenges of extending the reach of traditional higher education by opening programs to new students and new academic resources. The term, "distance learning" was purposefully avoided in the program guidelines. Instead, the Annenberg/CPB Projects staff hoped that this initiative would help colleges break away from the traditional separation of on-campus and off-campus learning and instead focus on
Notes on Archival Research by Lora Taub I spent most of Spring quarter in London, doing research for my dissertation on the political economy of public theater in early modern London. With my headquarters at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, my work took me to several different research sites around London and in Oxford, in settings as diverse as a boys' school and the basement of a sixteenth century church. I hope that some of the experiences I share below will assist other graduate students who are either thinking about a project that requires archival research or are currently planning a trip to the archives.
Online Degree Programs Models of Instruction, Participant Roles, and Research; Sunny J. BakerMay 2, 1994 A (Very) Preliminary Review of Online Degree Programs in the United States:
A Role For Libraries In Electronic Publicationby Frank Quinn; Mathematics, Virginia Tech firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights and Responsibilities of Computing Users University of Missouri
The Bill Of Rights And Responsibilities For Electronic Learners Stephen Smith University of Arkansas who is currently doing research in the area of freedom of speech and law, in general on the internet.
K-12 Student Records: Privacy at Risk Seattle CPSR Policy Fact Sheet The U.S. education system is rapidly building a nationwide network of electronic student records. This computer network will make possible the exchange of information among various agencies and employers, and the continuous tracking of individuals through the social service, education and criminal justice systems, into higher education, the military and the workplace.
Policy Statement From "Science In The National Interest" Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office "Steering by the Satellites" "A Key to Cancer" "A New Chemistry for Carbon" "Origins of the Information Superhighway" "Monitoring the Earth" "A Virtuous Infection" "Seeing Inside the Body" "Simulating Reality" "Plastics that Glow" "The Human Dimension" "Bringing the Universe into Focus"
SengeFifthDiscipline Peter Senge Senge is author of `The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization' and Director of the MIT Center for Organizational Learning. On July 14, 1994, he was the closing keynote speaker at the 7th Annual National Conference on Federal Quality: `Creating a Customer-Driven Government'.
Information-age Have-nots? Let Them Read Books by Michael Schrage January 9, 1994 Michael Schrage is a writer, consultant and research associate for the Sloan School at MIT. He can be reached by electronic mail at email@example.com on the Internet. His column is distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate
The Approaching Value Added Educationby Suzanne Swope; George Mason University. The president of our university asked that I create a blueprint for the integration of student support services into the academic mission of the university.
Teaching Critical Thinking Gerald M. Phillips
Discussion Total Quality in Education Peter Pflaum In 1950 W. Edwards Deming, an industrial engineer, introduced to Japan a method of statistical quality control. Over the last several decades Deming's approach has become well-known as quality control circles. An analysis of Deming shows there is a basic misunderstanding of evaluation in manufacturing. Similar confusion is shown by belief that objective testing is likely to improve educational quality. A central point in this discussion is the difference between standards and quality. Multiage grouping in schools can achieve quality when people of various ages work together to achieve results of distinction.
Tragic loss or good riddance? The impending demise of traditional scholarly journals Andrew M. Odlyzko Condensed version : Traditional printed journals are a comfortable and familiar aspect of scholarly work. They have been the primary means of communicating research results, and as such have performed an invaluable service. However, they are an awkward artifact, although a highly developed one, of the print technology that was the only one available over the last few centuries for large-scale communication. The growth of the scholarly literature, together with the rapidly increasing power and availability of electronic technology, are creating tremendous pressures for change. The purpose of this article is to give a broad picture of these pressures and to argue that the coming changes may be abrupt.
What Presidents Need To Know About The Integration Of Information Technologies On Campus HEIRAlliance Executive Strategies Report The cover story of Time magazine, April 13, 1992, opened with the observation, "By the year 2000, American colleges and universities will be lean and mean, service oriented and science minded, multicultural, and increasingly diverse -- if they intend to survive their fiscal agony."
New Tools for Teaching J.J. O'Donnell
CAUSE The association for managing and using information resources in higher education.
MetaSelf -- Metaphor Model of the Self. Common spatial metaphors comprise an accessible visual model of the self. Aims: to introduce h.s. students to power of metaphor, and to offer a unifying cultural image.
American Civil Liberties Union Briefing Paper Number 16 In recent years, a rise in verbal abuse and violence directed at people of color, lesbians and gay men, and other historically persecuted groups has plagued the United States. Among the settings of these expressions of intolerance are college and university campuses, where bias incidents have occurred sporadically since the mid-1980s. Outrage, indignation and demands for change have greeted such incidents -- understandably, given the lack of racial and social diversity among students, faculty and administrators on most campuses.