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Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Hailey Schnorr has spent years peering into the bedrooms, kitchens, and dorm rooms of students via Webcam. In her job proctoring online tests for universities, she has learned to focus mainly on students' eyes. Ms. Schnorr works for ProctorU, a company hired by universities to police the integrity of their online courses. ProctorU is part of a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Computer Assisted Testing, Video Technology, Group Testing
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Everyone tells tales about advisers. Some of the stories are heartwarming, while others are prurient, even horrifying. Most everyone has such stories on tap because the adviser-student relationship is the most crucial in turning a graduate student into a professional. the ties between graduate students and advisers are both professional and…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Publications, Graduate Students, Professional Identity
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In his first book, "Acts of Faith," Eboo Patel describes his early encounters with interfaith events in the late 1990s. He was not impressed. "They were excruciatingly boring," he writes. Why so much talk and so little action, his restless, twenty-something self had wondered. "And where were the young people?" Fast forward a dozen years. Now 37,…
Descriptors: Religion, Intergroup Relations, National Organizations, Religious Education
Hoover, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Day and night the locals chatter. They counsel and console, bicker and rant. Their questions are endless. Though often hopeful, they never stop pounding the drums of worry. This is College Confidential, a vast virtual realm where visitors can find the best and worst of human nature. Here, in moderated discussion forums, people help strangers. They…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Web Sites, College Admission, Anxiety
Sternberg, Robert J. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Pogo recognized long ago that we often are our own worst enemies. Sure, he was a cartoon character, but he had a point--especially in higher education, where self-sabotage seems to be a standard characteristic of academic careers. In the author's 30 years as a professor, five years as a dean, and three years as a provost, he has observed many…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Self Destructive Behavior, Career Development, Mentors
Roth, Michael S. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The author's Coursera course, "The Modern and the Postmodern," might have been labeled "course least likely to become a massive open online course (MOOC.)" In many ways, it is an old-fashioned "great books" course, and in the 20 years the author has been teaching it, it has always relied heavily on student interaction in the classroom. Last summer…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, College Instruction, Philosophy
Porterfield, Daniel R. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The past year has seen the meteoric rise of the MOOC, or massive open online course, which lets 100,000 strangers--or more--log on to free classes branded "Stanford" or "Harvard." "The New York Times" went so far as to call 2012 the "Year of the MOOC." Amid the cacophony of voices calling for colleges to cut costs and reduce student debt, many of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Seminars, College Instruction, Small Group Instruction
Barden, Dennis M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Spring is interview season for aspiring presidents, provosts, and deans. It's when search consultants spend a lot of time sitting in meeting rooms at airport hotels watching candidates engage with hiring committees in the ritual dance of the preliminary interview. Even after 15 years of that, the author is constantly surprised by the approaches…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Search Committees (Personnel), Clothing, Job Applicants
Kolowich, Steve – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Many professors recognize that online education is changing the landscape of academe. But faculty members at several colleges are making it clear that they will not be steamrolled. Philosophy professors at San Jose State University last week wrote an open letter saying they refused to use material from an edX course, taught by a famous Harvard…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Einstein was blessed with a rare genius. He also understood the intellectual weight of a flight of fancy. He turned over the idea in his mind for a decade before concluding that the light beam next to him would appear to be at rest even though it was traveling at the speed of light. While it may be tempting to focus on Einstein's cognitive…
Descriptors: Climate, Cultural Awareness, Creativity, Creative Thinking
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is overcrowded, but departments are hiring, and each year thousands of graduate students and other candidates will get phone calls offering them tenure-track positions. It is typically a moment of mutual giddiness. The department heads are excited at the prospect of a terrific new colleague; the job applicants now know that…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Job Applicants
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Some job candidates seem to be doing well only to fall flat in one venue: They ace the teaching demo and the dinner meeting, but stumble during the research talk. Perhaps the candidate was disorganized, too strident, or just long-winded and boring. Whatever the cause, the outcome is a strong negative ding when it comes time to vote on the hire.…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Criticism, Job Applicants, Higher Education
Carlson, Scott – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In late December, a set of articles and essays in "The New York Times" focused on the public library as a place, and on the changing meaning of that place with the rise of electronic books and the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders. As librarians "struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital…
Descriptors: Colleges, Library Services, Public Libraries, Electronic Learning
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Amid a national debate about paying college athletes, the NCAA likes to tout its often-overlooked Student Assistance Fund, whose goal is to provide direct financial support to players. The fund--which draws from the association's multibillion-dollar media-rights deals--will distribute some $75-million this year to Division I athletes. The money…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Athletics, Athletes, Nonprofit Organizations
Williams, Eunice – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is an exercise in captivity, and the author thinks that she is still its prisoner. A Ph.D. in history, the author is learning the rules of the game, and finding that search committees could do with a few lessons, too. In this article, the author shares how she found a way out.
Descriptors: Competence, Search Committees (Personnel), Labor Market, Expectation
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