Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

To Reboot Hit Alt-Higher Ed, for legislators Ctrl-Alt-Higher Ed

Neat summary of the various “alt” discussions (Alt-text, Alt-HE, Alt-Career) taking place:

Many of the alt-career seekers are in the humanities, where traditional faculty jobs are the hardest to obtain. A grassroots movement has emerged to take a new and different approach—that is, an alternateapproach. Expect to see more of this in higher education, where opportunities for starting something new are riper than ever.

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Sir Topham Hatt is not pleased

Sir Topham Hatt routinely chastises his engines when they allow their selfish, and foolish, decisions to interfere with the proper running of the railroad.  He tells them, “You are causing confusion and delay!”

This analysis of the Heartland Institute’s campaign to “derail” the teaching of climate science is one which deserves Sir Hatt’s admonishment!

The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called theHeartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. “Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,” one document said.

While the documents offer a rare glimpse of the internal thinking motivating the campaign against climate science, defenders of science education were preparing for battle even before the leak. Efforts to undermine climate-science instruction are beginning to spread across the country, they said, and they fear a long fight similar to that over the teaching of evolution in public schools.

 

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STEM lecture alternatives

WP : Colleges looking beyond the lecture

The lecture backlash signals an evolving vision of college as participatory exercise. Gone are the days when the professor could recite a textbook in class. The watchword of today is “active learning.” Students are working experiments, solving problems, answering questions — or at least registering an opinion on an interactive “smartboard” with an electronic clicker.

…If we want to get that whole human being out at the other end, we have to offer them a variety of experiences. And the lecture is part of it,” said Hartmut Doebel, a GWU biologist. “I don’t think we will ever get away from it completely.”

 

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