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An eBay For Professors To Sell College Courses Directly To Students

An eBay For Professors To Sell College Courses Directly To Students | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
In yet another step toward democratizing higher education, StraighterLine, a pioneering provider of accredited, low-cost, self-paced online college courses, has started a new feature called "Professor Direct." The program--which will be eligible...
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Exploitation or opportunity? Improvement or slippery slope?

 

DIY U Kamenetz's article reads more like a PR flack's press release than keen analyis. Nor does it mention what % StraighterLine takes. Make no mistakes, the proffies are contractors not employees ~ not just that but selling on commission too. 

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Robert Craig Baum's comment, December 13, 2012 10:38 PM
I always wonder about assessment. Who's assessing this "accredited" school? Is this another version of the fast food menu offered by McUniversities? It's hard to say. But, I do like the idea of a digital guild of college professors laying the groundwork for new ways to empower intelligence, innovation, and course delivery. Yet, I remain unconvinced such a project is any different than the textbook corporations attempting to circumvent curriculum design by publishing and promoting inexpensive course modules that merely require staff-level supervision.
VanessaVaile's comment, December 14, 2012 12:00 AM
StraighterLine works around accreditation by affiliating with an accredited institution. If the project were owned and run by the adjuncts themselves, that would be another matter
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Spring-time in Amerika — Bump those Adjuncts Until They Hurt! | Dissident Voice

Spring-time in Amerika — Bump those Adjuncts Until They Hurt! | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I'll flip the classroom on this post, putting down my response to another middling post from that middling thing called, Inside Higher Education, this on-line
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Professors in homeless shelters: It is time to talk seriously about adjuncts - Salon

Professors in homeless shelters: It is time to talk seriously about adjuncts - Salon | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Salon Professors in homeless shelters: It is time to talk seriously about adjuncts Salon According to the Adjunct Project, “Two-thirds of the faculty standing in front of college classrooms each day aren't full-time or permanent professors.” The...
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On Academic Labor » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

On Academic Labor » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
On Academic Labor (On Academic Labor » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names http://t.co/1ebL9vVD34)
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We Teach Carleton

We Teach Carleton | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Stories from the more than 600 Contract Instructors (and their allies) at Carleton University.
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Best #AdjunctStories in pics, rested up from #FEW2014 & end of session, is back posting...don't miss a single post!

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Twitter Activism and the Power of Social Media: Never Underestimate Your Adjunct!

Twitter Activism and the Power of Social Media: Never Underestimate Your Adjunct! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Twitter Activism and the Power of Social Media: Never Underestimate Your Adjunct! Reality is indeed stranger than fiction—I could not have written a better ending to my story than what unfolded ove...
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Wrapping the ‘Precarious’ and ‘At-will’ labels on 150 million USA Workers | Dissident Voice

Wrapping the ‘Precarious’ and ‘At-will’ labels on 150 million USA Workers | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
"Are Adjunct Professors the Fast-Food Workers of the Academic World?" Is this provocative, evocative, adversarial, or emblematic of an age of casino capitalism,
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#Adjunct Justice » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

#Adjunct Justice » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
JANUARY 21, 2014: take Academic Action with Adjunct Justice by ANA M. FORES TAMAYO:
I was an adjunct. But I can no longer call myself such. I have not taught since this summer, chance classes I picked up. I hope that for education, for us —the precariat, the adjunct, the contingent, the casual, the occasional worker, whatever we want to call ourselves— we have a new year filled with promise, hope, action, change. I may no longer work in Higher Ed, yet I still have hope. Though I was “fired” over a year ago now, and though I tried to fight this action as unjust, the administration could not let me “infect” others and wanted to rid itself of my influence. 
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One Unabomber Moment Away from Sanity in a Part-time Snippet World | Dissident Voice

One Unabomber Moment Away from Sanity in a Part-time Snippet World | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

by Paul Haeder

It’s been a bit of a gap week or two, since pining in with this sort of catharsis, but some of us schmucks have to make some really lousy money and attend to....

 

Of course, there is no legal protection from unions for those of us not in one.

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Joint Bulletin on Contingent Faculty Issues Now Available | News ...

A special joint issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin on contingent faculty has been posted on the ADE and ADFL Web sites. An initiative of the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession, the joint ...
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You Don’t Get the Controls, Precarious Person, You Slacker, You, You, You … Drag on the Economy! | Dissident Voice

You Don’t Get the Controls, Precarious Person, You Slacker, You, You, You … Drag on the Economy! | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Precaution. Stop shifting the baseline. Stop mucking around because you have no common sense but plenty of computer engineering ADD-ADHD or what have you, on
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How the #Tenured are to the #JobMarket as White People are to Racism

How the #Tenured are to the #JobMarket as White People are to Racism | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
What worries me is that any number of people who have every reason to be happy about how their lives turned out — they made a good transition to non-academic work, they have tenure-track or tenured jobs themselves ...
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#Inequality of Wealth & the Role of #Unions

#Inequality of Wealth & the Role of #Unions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I headed home for the holidays to Lakewood, New Jersey, once a beautiful resort renowned for its lake, pine forests and clean air. At the turn of the last century, it was home for some of the wealthiest in this country.
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Investing in Community is Supporting College | Dissident Voice

Investing in Community is Supporting College | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking Skills – Like a Good Wine Takes Time First: The same old, published recently in the Oregonian, the big newspaper in Portland and around
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"Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies" - English Student Association (ESA) - English Program, CUNY Graduate Center

"Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies" - English Student Association (ESA) - English Program, CUNY Graduate Center | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Loading Map.... Room 8301, The CUNY Graduate Center365 Fifth Ave.

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Please join current English program student Karen Pitt, program alumna Ann Larson, and Bronx Community College assistant professor Brian Thill next Thursday, April 3rd, at 3p, in room 8301/8304, for a panel discussion on “Comp/Rhet, Academic Labor, and the Future of English Studies.” Sponsored by the PhD Program in English, the GC Composition and Rhetoric Community, and the Adjunct Project


http://annlarson.org/2012/03/03/rhetoric-and-composition-academic-capitalism-and-cheap-teachers/ ;

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Adjunct Action Bay Area

Adjunct Action Bay Area | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Adjuncts across the country, including right here in the Bay Area, are stepping up, joining forces, and organizing for better pay, working conditions, and job security.
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The Exploitative Economics of Academic Publishing

The Exploitative Economics of Academic Publishing | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
How journal publishers are profiting at the expense of taxpayers, researchers, and universities. (RT @ATRWibben: "The 'free' labor upon which publishers base their business model is not really free...
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Another hearing & historic moment for #adjunct fac: WA #SB5844

Another hearing & historic moment for #adjunct fac: WA #SB5844 | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
WA activist #KeithHoeller encourages #PTfaculty to be part of an historic moment:
Our Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will be hearing Senator Timothy Sheldon’s Senate Bill 5844 this Friday, Feb....

 

Links and a summary of the bill by Jack Longmate (image)

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HB14-1154 CC Pay & Benefits Act of 2014 Passes 7-4. Letter from Don Eron Thanking All

HB14-1154 CC Pay & Benefits Act of 2014 Passes 7-4. Letter from Don Eron Thanking All | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Thanks to all of you who have extended your congratulations, and to the rest of you who are pulling for us in Colorado. As most of you know by now, the “Community College Pay and Benefits Act of 2014,” HB14-1154, passed through the Colorado House State Affairs Committee early yesterday evening by a party line vote of 7-4.


The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) has a powerful lobby. With this triumph we cleared a significant hurdle, although the challenge ahead is considerable.

 

....Just to make this clear: We are in it to win it. Thank you for your interest and support. Don Eron

 
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CUNY, #Adjuncts & #FacultyUnions

CUNY, #Adjuncts & #FacultyUnions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

via  - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science:

 

One remarkable dimension of the story making the rounds about CUNY failing to pay some of its adjuncts is that these faculty are represented by a union. Approximately 400 faculty missed one paycheck, and 100 more than one.

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Reflecting on the Crisis in #HigherEd w/ Jean-Paul Sartre & Herbert Marcuse | Dissident Voice

Reflecting on the Crisis in #HigherEd w/ Jean-Paul Sartre & Herbert Marcuse | Dissident Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

by John C. Carney / January 17th, 2014

 

Scholar John Gerassi recalls in one of his books a meeting that took between Jean-Paul Sartre and Herbert Marcuse in a Paris café at the height of the 60s

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As a member of the professorate for the past 15 years, I have been thinking about these two philosophers a great deal lately, and how far we have retreated from the educational goals and values of that era. Some of the pedagogical and curricular reforms of that era have been severely watered down, or in some cases abandoned altogether. This has led me to wonder if there is a connection between the crisis that many of the colleges and universities that I teach at are in, and the abandonment of the values and goals of higher education of the 1960s.

 

The backlash reaction to the progressive reforms of curriculum and student involvement in higher education has spawned a return to an earlier type of schoolmaster/schoolmarm style of education that degrades advanced studies in order to emphasize a “return to basics.” 

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Big red A goes to the MLA

Big red A goes to the MLA | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
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…#mla14 that is…no credits , no problem because every #adjunct already knows #BigRedA 

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The rise of adjunct faculty | Radio Times | WHYY

The rise of adjunct faculty | Radio Times | WHYY | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The rise of adjunct faculty. January 7, 2014. Hour 2. Guests: Debra Leigh Scott and Adrianna Kezar. Part-time professors or adjuncts now make up over 49% of the faculty on university campuses and 70% of community college faculties.
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Conditionally Accepted | Our 2013 Recap

Conditionally Accepted | Our 2013 Recap | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
The new majority in academia represent non-tenure-track scholars. Adjunct instructors are struggling to get by, or even struggling to survive. Graduate students continue to push ahead with either limited support or even in the ...
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#Resolutions2014

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So. 2013 was kiiiiind of a big year in Schuvania, where my life changed in literally every way possible. OH YEAH THAT. I have few regrets about 2013–not because nothing I did was ill-advised (just about everything I did was ill-advised!
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On strike at Evergreen State | SocialistWorker.org

On strike at Evergreen State | SocialistWorker.org | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Student support workers at Evergreen State College are walking the picket lines in a strike for a fair contract.
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