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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Inside Higher Ed Insider Update May 2013
Welcome to your May 2013 Insider Update
-- the newsletter for readers of Inside Higher Ed. Once a month we
send a quick rundown on what's happening at Inside Higher Ed:
events, accomplishments and a bit of fun.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
April's best-read article was Paul Fain's in-depth
reporting on two new competency-based education programs that up the
ante for a potential disruption to higher education. Ry Rivard's article
about renewed criticism of anti-plagiarism software
from the Conference on College Composition and Communication drew the most
comments of any story on the site last month. According to the CCCC
resolution, "plagiarism detection services can compromise academic
integrity by potentially undermining students' agency as writers, treating
all students as always already plagiarists, creating a hostile learning
environment, shifting the responsibility of identifying and interpreting
source misuse from teachers to technology, and compelling students to agree
to licensing agreements that threaten their privacy and rights to their own
intellectual property." Whew! Lots of comments for Scott Jaschik's
coverage of a video that went viral on conservative websites
last month -- the Fox headline:
"USC Political Science Professor Tells Students Republicans Are
‘Stupid and Racist.' " The article notes some context that was missing
elsewhere. (For more on professorial politics, check out our Book with Buzz
We've just published the May edition of
our cartoon caption contest. Click here to add your suggestions for this
month's cartoon, and cast a vote for our last contest.
WITH BUZZ -- Author Neil Gross discusses analysis that may
frustrate some on the left and on the right in his new book Why Are Professors Liberal and Why
Do Conservatives Care?Click here to read the article (as well as all Inside Higher Ed'sbooks coverage).
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
Serena Golden at last month's annual meeting of the American Association of
Community Colleges in San Francisco.
NEW ON THE SITE -- Click here to download a copy of “The MOOC
Moment” -- our booklet of forward-looking articles and essays about MOOCs, with enthusiasts and skeptics alike examining
curricular and financial issues. You can also sign up to join editors Scott Jaschik and Doug
Lederman as they review the history, frame the context, and look to the
future of MOOCs in a free webinar on Thursday, May
30, at 2 p.m. Eastern. The MOOC Moment booklet and webinar are made
possible in part by the generous financial support of Academic
OUT AND ABOUT --
Scott Jaschik, Paul Fain and Ry Rivard started May in Palo Alto, Calif., for
a meeting of the Education Writers Association.
Scott will be in Chicago May 13 for a
British Council event to speak to visiting university leaders from
Britain. May 14-16 Scott travels to San Diego where he will be giving
a talk and moderating a session at "Learning Impact 2013: An Insider's
View of Technology Impact Across K-20 Education."
Kathlene Collins will be in Austin, TX,
May 15-17 for the annual PeopleAdmin client conference.
Scott will be moderating a discussion
on the future of higher education at the annual conference of the New
America Foundation in Washington, DC, on May 18.
Sharon Salang and Rick Plotkin visit
Columbus, OH, May 19-21 for the Midwestern Region conference of the College
and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).
Doug Lederman will moderate a panel at
a meeting on the role of technology in higher education at Princeton
University on May 22.
SERVICE NOTE --
Inside Higher Ed's offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of
Memorial Day. There will be no Daily News Update e-mail published that day.
RECENT VISITORS --
Spring failed to arrive in DC last month, but lots of interesting higher ed
folks brightened the Inside
Higher Ed offices. Visitors included Bentley University, AASCU,
Pearson, University of Southern Mississippi, APLU, ACCT, Quality Matters,
PRSA, and Regent University. We're always happy to host higher education
leaders in our D.C. offices. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Doug at email@example.com
to plan a visit.
Abroad -- Best Practices in Health and Safety
Inside Higher Ed Webinar
May 23, 2 p.m. Eastern
Inside Higher Ed
presents Education Abroad: Best Practices in Health and Safety, a webinar
with Stacey R. Bolton Tsantir, the chair of the Health and Safety
Subcommittee of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Stacey will
provide a broad overview of best practices for colleges, including those
based on the Interassociational Good Practices and the Forum on Education
Abroad Standards. The webinar will feature the kinds of questions colleges
need to ask to develop good policies so they can continue to encourage
The webinar costs $199 and will consist
of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no
conference call required for this event -- the entire presentation,
including audio, is delivered via the web. You may gather as many
colleagues as you like to view the webinar via one monitor, but only one
login per registration will be allowed. This event will be captioned for
the deaf and hard of hearing by SpeechText Access.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become the talk of academe, with many colleges
and universities debating whether they should start them or join one of the
consortiums offering the courses. A recent Gallup survey of college and
university presidents found that these leaders view MOOCs with skepticism.
Faculty responses range from fear for their jobs, to cynicism, to
enthusiasm, to inspiration. Join
Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman as
they review the history, frame the context, and look to the future of MOOCs in this free webinar.
Clemson University Professor Ralph
Welsh introduced flipped instruction to his classes three years ago,
redesigning and refining his courses over time, and putting the onus on the
student to come to class already having watched the lectures and ready to engage
During that time he’s met and overcome
challenges and reset his teaching style to rave reviews from students. Join
Ralph as he presents a how-to guide for introducing flipped instruction,
and shares lessons learned along the way including:
to set and manage student expectations
process of taking in feedback, evaluating it and re-introducing new
methods into the classroom
on how to educate your colleagues on your new workload and get your
department on board with what you’re doing
Just Flip It -- From the Front Lines of
the Flipped Classroom is presented by Sonic Foundry and is not an editorial
offering of Inside
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