CELT’s Minister of Information has been facing two big deadlines (one today, another tomorrow) and spent three days last week at the POD Network conference (more about that later). So he hasn’t had the chance to write a longer post.
Fortunately for all of us, the Web is alive with many, many outstanding academic blogs. (CELT realizes you have a choice of blogs and appreciates your readership.) Take a look at one or more of these:
- Ken Scott describes how in training employees for Cisco Systems he is trying to teach them the skills that gen ed and liberal arts curricula often aim to teach. I wonder if his model for grading team assignments can work well in a college class.
- Amanda Krauss (a.k.a. Worst Professor Ever) argues that students Facebooking in class is not just an indicator that professors are boring, as a Harvard Crimson article maintained, but represents a breakdown in expectations about teaching, learning, and technology.
- Lee Skallerup Bessette reflects on having been the sort of student that frustrates her today: the snowflake.
CELT will have more to say next week. For now, we can talk about these articles.
Is Scott showing the real value of gen ed curricula, or is he contributing to the corporatization of the academy? If students are not paying attention in class, who’s to blame? How do you react to teaching younger versions of yourself?