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Capra, Theresa – Thought & Action, 2014
Online learning has become a permanent fixture on college campuses. For the past decade, enrollment in online courses has grown faster than the overall student body throughout higher education. This phenomenon is not surprising and, in fact, is part of a history of people seeking more flexible alternatives to traditional, face-to-face instruction.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Electronic Learning, Enrollment Trends, Video Technology
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Cacicio, Sarah; Le, Uyen Uyen – Thought & Action, 2014
Without a doubt, the movement toward corporatized, standardized, and even sanitized education models in K-12 education impacts the way students at the higher education level view teaching and learning. New York City public school teachers have been trained to focus entirely on measurable outcomes. Writing is taught as a well-structured paragraph…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Learner Engagement, Inquiry
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Kitchen, Deeb-Paul, II – Thought & Action, 2014
In recent years, issues pertaining to graduate student union organizing have been at the center of several political battles and court cases. This attention is, at least in part, due to the growth of graduate student unions at a time when organized labor's influence is receding in other, more traditionally unionized sectors of the labor force. As…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Labor Market, Activism, Teaching Assistants
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Saiz, Martin – Thought & Action, 2014
Making classes larger saves money--and public universities across the country have found it a useful strategy to balance their budgets after decades of state funding cuts and increases to infrastructure costs. Where this author teaches, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN),…
Descriptors: Class Size, Educational Finance, Public Colleges, Teacher Student Ratio
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Ventello, Gregg Primo – Thought & Action, 2014
Every state in the U.S. has language in its constitution guaranteeing to its citizens a free public education, yet many states are failing to meet this fundamental right. From New York to California, lawsuits have been brought against state governors and legislatures who have not funded schools adequately. The field of false prophets grows and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Finance, Democratic Values, Public Education
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Goedde, Brian – Thought & Action, 2014
When you think of global, online education, the first thing that may jump to mind these days are MOOCs, the "massive open online classes" that are widely publicized (and criticized). The author states that his classes were not these, but rather, closer to what are now being called SPOCs--small private online classes. Enrollment is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Distance Education, English Language Learners
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O'Brien, Leigh – Thought & Action, 2013
The author of this article reflects on a study in which she and her two colleagues, teacher educators all, examined prospective students' college applications to gain insight into the discourses with which students entered two early childhood teacher certification programs. They then built on these findings to hypothesize how the identified…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, College Applicants, Teacher Education, Neoliberalism
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Rhoades, Gary – Thought & Action, 2013
Policy and practice in higher education today are defined and limited by what many have claimed are "new realities" confronting colleges and universities. Gary Rhoades contends that three of these are embedded in the just-in-time hiring practices, the at-will conditions of work, and the depersonalized curricular delivery models assigned…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adjunct Faculty, Teacher Selection, Teacher Attitudes
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Meisenhelder, Susan – Thought & Action, 2013
The push for increased use of online teaching in colleges and universities has been gaining momentum for some time, but even in that context the recent enthusiasm for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), free online courses that often enroll tens of thousands of students, is remarkable and rightly dubbed "MOOC Mania." As with so many…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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King, Rosamond S. – Thought & Action, 2013
Regardless of whether or how one discloses personal information to one's students, the process is often difficult. This article compares the authors' decisions about and experiences around identity disclosure in the classroom to some of her colleagues' approaches. She explains the concept of strategic disclosure, the revelation of…
Descriptors: Self Disclosure (Individuals), Teacher Responsibility, Identification (Psychology), Sexual Identity
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Schweizer, Bernard – Thought & Action, 2013
This author is dropping out from the first college course he has taken in more than 20 years. As a tenured professor, he obviously does not have much to lose from this decision. On the other hand, nobody really seems to care anyway whether he is participating or not. He has been MOOC(h)ing of late. Definition of this lovely neologism? Taking part…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size
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Griffin, Kimberly A. – Thought & Action, 2013
In this article, the author, Kimberly A. Griffin, a faculty member at a research-intensive institution, reflects on what has guided her decision to say "yes" or "no" when requests for academic service are presented. She reports she is evaluated on how much she engages in research, teaching, and service, and that tenure and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Decision Making, Faculty Workload, Self Concept
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Mash, Kenneth M. – Thought & Action, 2013
The author of this article observes that, while much has been written on the overall topic of safety with regard to allowing guns on college campuses, little has been said about how allowing the possession of deadly weapons can create a "chilling effect" on academic discussions. This article considers how some universities have…
Descriptors: School Safety, Gun Control, Campuses, Civil Rights
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Curtin, Maureen – Thought & Action, 2013
Maureen Curtin, associate professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Oswego, reports in this article on an initiative that is designed to spur teams of faculty and visiting artists to teach "intellectual issues" through students' storytelling. The courses were part of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Story Telling, College Students, College Faculty
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Golden, Robert – Thought & Action, 2013
In this article, Robert Golden envisions the current trends in practice at State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh, being so firmly entrenched as to still be the same practices in place 60 years into the future. He notes the decline of full-time faculty, the rise in the numbers of contingent faculty, the increasing use of massive open…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Administration, College Presidents, Trend Analysis
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