University of California getting sued for ADA violations AGAIN. You know, it would be better for the public all 'round if you'd just follow the Demandifesto Action Steps and make yourselves accessible once and for all. Cheaper, less wasteful of time, and most importantly - the ethical and humane thing to do.
"Former UC Employee Claims He Was Fired After Seeking Disability Accommodations"
EXTREMELY important reporting on the ongoing assault on truth and the (threatened) role of academic scholars in the production of reliable knowledge. University administrators MUST step up to provide support and legal backing.
#politics #highered #academia #fascism #science #knowledge #democracy
These academics studied falsehoods spread by Trump. Now the GOP wants answers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/06/06/disinformation-researchers-congress-jim-jordan/
It’s harassment and intimidation, and it’s clearly aimed at muddying the waters (by suggesting there is no thing as responsible/principled content moderation), not to mention what toll it takes on those who are targeted.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing is for university administrators to give these scholars full support and legal backing.
Given proper backing, this is a chance for scholars/experts to go to DC and expose/undercut the GOP’s infowars shenanigans.
—are primarily the result of marketing hype, technological obscurantism, and public ignorance." https://www.publicbooks.org/now-the-humanities-can-disrupt-ai/ #AI #GenerativeAI #ChatGPT #ChatBot #ChatBots #academia #HigherEd #HigherEducation
That absolute worst HR rep in our college's travel office just sent a scathing email to a faculty member and accidentally sent out this woman's personal business to every full time faculty member in the college system. At least now I know she's not just awful to me, but hot damn. I pray there are consequences for her. She treats everyone like total garbage. #academia #HigherEd #HigherEducation #HumanResources
And here I thought I could overhaul my Course Map in a couple of hours.
Have you been missing the #sakaiger? Come say hi to the Sakai team at #learningimpact23 and #eli2023. We've got lots of ideas about how Sakai is #greatforlearning and how #sakaiplus can connect with your existing enterprise #LMS.
#edtech #oss #conference #highered @apereo
#CampusFood was a hot topic at #CAFS2023
Campus gardens: Food production or sense of place?
#University #FormativeEvaluation #Qualitative #Survey #Food #Nutrition #Sustainability #HigherEd #UniversityGardens
Vol. 2 No. 1 (2015): Knowing and Growing is #OpenAccess just like every issue. We love #KnowledgeSharing ! Share our #OpenScholarship freely!
Today I learned that some higher education institutions will withhold a student's transcript if they don't complete an exit survey. That should NOT be legal. How the hell do they get away with that? #academia #HigherEd #HigherEducation #USA
Today's productive use of time: Logging into the website of the IRB training vendor our university uses to export a PDF certificate of completion so I can upload it to our university's own #IRB website for an application for expedited review.
#academia #sociology #HigherEd
The importance of #cybersecurity in #university research projects:
HT to my colleague Sharon Pitt for posting this to the bird site.
Following the successful
@ucu PGRsOrganising23 conference in January, we wanted to share an advanced preview of exciting work in progress with a collective of members from around the country.
The database is a member-led and designed creation which will be openly available for all members to view and develop. The basic idea is to allow PGRs to explore teaching pay and conditions across UK universities, get inspiration for campaigns, & aid in negotiations with HR #union #UnionStrong #HigherEd
Eva Sansavior just suggested: one word what are your feelings about scholarship?
Well the splits in the HE sector in the UK are now emerging.
The only way of bringing things back to any semblance of rationality is to focus on the systemic underfunding of the sector which has driven institutions at the extremes of research and teaching intensity to make unsustainable plans in order to survive in the short term.
We not only invest much less public money than most other countries, but rely more on private funding, which includes international fee income which is probably unsustainable in the current political climate. This is by design - driven by ideology and at odds with the consequences of such a funding mix.
This data is from 2019 but if anything it’s probably become worse:
Columbia University Drops Out of U.S. News Rankings for Undergraduate Schools
The Ivy League school said it would no longer share data with the college guide, the first major university to do so. Its relationship with U.S. News has been up and down.
Montclair State University is hiring a #TenureTrack Reference & Instruction #Librarian! STEM or Health Sciences background preferred, but not required
#Libraries #LISJobs #AcademicJobs #LibraryLife #LibraryJobs #HigherEd #AcademicChatter #FediHire #NewJersey #InfoLit #CritLib
Today while teaching I officially entered the phase of life where my kids and my students use the same vocabulary. Not sure whether to be proud or alarmed.
#AcademicLife #HigherEducation #HigherEd #academia #teaching #ParentingTeens #IFeelOld @academicchatter
So "real" professors here get a raise (and a pandemic bonus, 2 years ago) and adjuncts get. . . nothing.
I. Am. So. Pissed.
#reclaimopen https://aftersurveillance.net/observatory/ #highered After Surveillance Observatory
One of my jobs as program director is to assess transfer credits. I'm always blown away by how many US universities can't or won't prohibit firearms while also requiring instructors to include syllabus statements about the prohibition of smoking, drinking, and eating in classrooms. #AcademicChattler #Academia #HigherEd
Three good reads on a frightening development for academic freedom, free speech, and education:
Hey guys! Let's all apply for this!
JOB POSTING: President of New College of Florida https://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=178419035
a few folks asked & so, of course, I decided to share with all. Here's my #syllabus for the course I recently taught on #AI & #Education. It has a #CreativeCommons license so it is free to share & adapt!
#HigherEd #Edtech #AIEducation #Teaching #Learning #AcademicChatter @edutooters @academicchatter
UVA, free speech and dashboards
https://www.insidehighered.com/opinion/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/2023/06/06/uva-free-speech-and-dashboards wtf #highered
@rfheller The academic antecedent of this kind of #HigherEd #Sustainability analysis lies in the #SUSTEACH methodology outlined here https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_261-1 and as they say "...the likely carbon dioxide emission generated by international student air travel is rarely discussed"
UK Uni Crisis
Edinburgh University quickly regrets asking its students to “reach out” to them over the UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott after releasing a video designed to reassure them.
After receiving the comments below, the Uni disabled the comments feature and deleted the comments!
UK Uni Crisis News:
The info at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QiKGF3M_OgGiLihxFHwyhX0MqWADCuEitSGtAV6ON9A/edit#gid=0 shows UK universities are adopting a wide range of responses to the UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott, with many imposing < 50% pay deductions or time limits on 50% deductions:
🔹 Liverpool Hope: 35%
🔹 Aston: 25%
🔹 Open Uni: 20%
🔹 Hertfordshire: % based on actual workload
🔹 Kings College: 20 days’ limit on 50% deduction
🔹 Ulster: 0%
🔹 London Metropolitan: 0%
🔹 Queen Margaret: 0%
Sarah Silverman is doing a workshop on neurodiversity for educators that may be of interest to folks. It's Tuesday, June 13th and it's free with a suggested $10 donation.
#HigherEd #Education #Educators #Accessibility #ADHD #Neurodivergent #Teaching
Since we're on the subject of #academia, #teaching, and the consumerization of #HigherEd, I offer you this delightful and prophetic little passage from Iain Pears, Death and Restoration. A Jonathan Argyll Mystery (1996)
Add these terms to your vocabulary:
• "group interaction module"' (wait , we already have something pretty close to that)
(this one's a keeper, though)
The first Monday after the conference is over and I have taken email notifications off my phone.
#HappyMonday #ConferencePlanning #CongreSSH #PhDLife #AcademicConference #ItsFinished #AllDone #HigherEd #Academia #Email
Promising to be very interesting:
Disrupting Ableism and Advancing STEM: A National Leadership Sum
It is just starting and it's not too late to register:
Great column on disclosure of personal circumstances with colleagues/potential colleagues #academia #HigherEd: https://www.insidehighered.com/opinion/career-advice/carpe-careers/2023/06/05/what-share-job-searches-about-personal-challenges
At that early summer stage of fall course prep (I'd call it Maydreaming if it weren't already June) where anything seems possible. #AcademicChatter #academia #HigherEd #histodons @academicchatter
I like this idea from Matt Reed to repeal out-of-state tuition premiums, BUT Maine has not "shown that it can be done." Like NH, Maine is a tuition-driven system with declining enrollments; its moves are out of desperation. NH will now be forced to do the same to "compete," and at 50th in the U.S. for public funding, it will further erode our budget (we are only 9% funded by state tax dollars!). Nothing is workable without real public funding across ALL states. https://www.insidehighered.com/opinion/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/2023/06/05/argument-repeal-out-state-tuition #HigherEd
This is relevant to instructors of social sciences at the college level as well, as we must reckon with our professions' histories in the context of increasingly hostile political environments.
How teachers can stay true to history without breaking new laws that restrict what they can teach about racism
this is one of the concerns that I have around #GenerativeAI--it ups the game & requires all of us to be even more productive & produce in a way that privilege's certain styles & expectations:
#HigherEd #EdTech #Academia #AcademicChatter
It's great to see us continue to advance our sustainability goals! #highered
Got all the course resources from the new textbook publisher loaded into D2L in a snap this morning (mainly because I didn't have to do it myself LOL) and am so excited about it!
Alex Zelinsky, the vice-chancellor of the University of Newcastle, gave himself a $70,000 pay rise to $940,000 last year after leading his university to (a) a $38 million deficit, (b) $6.2million in wage theft, and (c) real wage cuts for casual academics.
Senator Tony Sheldon describes Zelinksy's pay rise as "outrageous...disgusting...pitiful...and an indictment of the university sector."
Who benefits from affirmative action in #college admissions? Well...rich people: https://www.wgbh.org/news/education/2023/06/01/who-benefits-from-affirmative-action-in-college-admissions-not-who-you-think #highered #newstodon
I had a number of conversations on precarity at the Canadian Historical Association's annual meeting this week and heard a truly excellent presidential address from Steven High that dealt with the crisis head on. Have a look at the CHA's report (by High) that includes links to resources that can guide departments in our work to push back against precarity in #academia or at least to attenuate its worst effects. #HigherEd #CdnPSE #histodons #AcademicChatter @histodons
I'll be posting a lot about #Evol2023 over the next two days (and again during June 21-25). It's the big annual conference I attend (joint meeting of 3 evolution societies). Most years the discussion on it has been on twitter; I'm trying to move it to Mastodon.
However, that might be a lot on your timeline. So remember you can mute hashtags or people for a few days: https://fedi.tips/blocking-and-muting-on-the-fediverse/ . I'll be back to lower frequency posts about #rstats, #evolution, #phylogenetics, #HigherEd, etc. then
@aardrian my take on the letter here (also before verdict) https://www.lflegal.com/2023/05/higher-ed-digital-access/ #EdTech #a11y #higherEd
U.S. jury awards $240,000.00 to two blind students because Los Angeles Community College District did not provide accessible course content ( software, websites, course materials ++) https://www.lflegal.com/2023/05/blind-college-students-jury-verdict/ #a11y #EdTech #HigherEd #disability #ADA
272 #highered #jobs seek #OSS experience (https://bit.ly/2QlPas0) including…
Senior Software Engineer, Harvard University:
The Harvard Library Innovation Lab seeks a Senior Software Engineer specializing in frontend development to imagine and build innovative software charting the future of libraries. The work is #OpenSource impacting broad public interest.
Open letter to @TheGuardian_uk in which signatories express concern at the adoption of “examination mitigation policies” by many UK universities in response to the @ucu marking and assessment boycott.
“Universities should meet with the unions and settle the dispute, so that students can graduate with complete degrees.”
🎓Checkout my #QuartoPub template for designing uni course websites! It already comes with sleek RevealJS templates and multi-year support. Plus, pre-configured automated publishing to GitHub Pages. #rstats #highered
1/ In this article, the 12 answers to the question "How will #AI change #highered ?" run the gamut from inspirational to...well...yucky (I'll let you guess which one I thought was the latter.) Here are two of my favorites...
when I see a professional use the term, "Digital Native"....ugh.... #HigherEd #EdTech #Academia #AcademicChatter
Australian Vice-Chancellors Get Advice on How to Dodge Pay Rise Negotiations
Leaked advice to Australian Vice-Chancellors explains on how to navigate industrial relations with their staff, including by-passing negotiations with unions and waiting for arbitration in order to “redress [water-down] poor clauses into community standards.”
@rfheller The impediments to reform are not technological or pedagogical, they're cultural. You succinctly state them in the abstract of Chapter 2 of The Distributed University for Sustainable #HigherEd https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-16-6506-6_2
In my 2015 dissertation, I recommended #FemTechNet's #DOCC https://www.femtechnet.org/docc/ as one way of mitigating #HigherEd's #CarbonFootprint so I'm excited to see @rfheller calling for a distributed university to combat #ClimateChange https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(22)00216-9/fulltext
#India #education #HigherEd #disability #accessibility #kindness #GoodPeople
Good morning to everyone but especially this amazing lady Pushpa.
'Many Indian students with physical or learning disabilities use a scribe to write exams on their behalf. They dictate answers to the scribe, who notes them down.... In the past 16 years, Pushpa has written over 1,000 exams, free of charge.'
#BIPOC #students #education #HigherEd #mentoring #BestPractices
'For students of color and other historically minoritized students, mentoring has been shown to be especially promising in encouraging their pursuit of graduate education .... ACE's new search tool offers examples of institutions that employ these various practices. Practices are organized into four stages of students' academic journeys along the pathway into and through graduate education.'
Wie verändert KI das Lernen und Lehren an Hochschulen? Interview mit Prof. Stegemerten und mir in der Le/NI:
#ai #chatgpt #fedilz #fedicampus #llm #gpt #highered #highereducation
Something for #HigherEd to think about, from Procter & Gamble’s CEO via MIT Sloan School of Management...
“Innovation tends to have an eye toward propriety: ‘We want something that only we can benefit from.’ We need to change that mindset or we won’t develop solutions that we’d all like to see,” Moeller said. “We’re starting to think very differently about the target for our innovators, and it’s arms open; it’s #OpenSource."
https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/procter-gambles-ceo-navigating-rapid-change #HigherEducation #EdTech #EdTechChat #EduCIO
I'll be offering the keynote at the
@HighEdWeb annual Accessibility Summit this summer. I've titled my talk "The Power of Digital Accessibility to Build Bridges and Open Doors in Higher Ed" #HigherEd #EdTech #a11y Info here: https://events.highedweb.org/a11ysummit23/session/1453444/welcome-and-keynote-the-power-of-digital-accessibility-to-build-bridges-and-open-doors-in-higher-ed
@jonippolito @bryanalexandee Sounds like the kind of work Dougald describes @ ~37min. After sharing #IvanIllich's Schindler analogy http://www.davidtinapple.com/illich/1988_Educational.html, Dougald goes on to describe creating pockets of safety within #HigherEd, the description of which reminds me of a #PedagogyOfKindness https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/pedagogy-kindness-cornerstone-student-learning-and-wellness
@keenewarner How about those who flew over before that... and/or prefer #HigherEd thoughts to be led by the group? 😉
AAUP report on Florida's assault on higher ed is out today. I would add that this continues a trend of vilifying "professors" and framing us as undermining the country. We should probably be concerned for the physical safety of our colleagues in Florida.
@academicchatter @sociology #academic #freespeech #academicfreedom #highered
CalMatters covers the issue disabled students were trying to get the Board of Regents to pay attention to. #UCAccessNow #disability #HigherEd
The fascist attempt to take over Higher Ed is partly ideological/theocratic, but don’t underestimate the part that’s sheer grift.
Republicans are finding ways to divert public money into the pockets of their friends and donors. Pay close attention to who gets the new contracts coming out of the expanded New College budget.
Whether New College meets any academic goals is immaterial, compared to Oligarchs building a new machine for bleeding us.
I am grateful for an amazing job in tech, and the winding road that got me to it, but as an English PhD whose first dream was to be an English professor, this makes me deeply sad. #HigherEd
College is remade as tech majors surge and humanities dwindle https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2023/05/19/college-majors-computer-science-humanities/
#AcademicChatter #University #HigherEd
Are other universities in the U.S. not paying their invoices in a timely manner? Mine has not paid an invoice submitted in November 2022 and one of my research projects has come to a screeching halt because of it. UCLA Central Accounts Payable is in a shambles. I’m told by a staff member that some vendors have stopped doing business with UCLA because this large, wealthy university isn’t paying what it owes them. It’s not business as usual.
Report back to us if you encounter UC offices that still have limited hours or are available to you "by appointment only" with COVID given as the reason...simultaneous to UC letting it rip with COVID for more than a year now.
Let's document the difference between when WE need accessibility and when they want it.
Joint Dear Colleague Letter on the Online Accessibility of Colleges, Universities, and Other Postsecondary Institutions (PDF)
https://www.justice.gov/crt/case-document/file/1584491/download By @TheJusticeDept & @usedgov #HigherEd #Accessibility #A11y #Disability
Apparently the UC Regents wouldn't allow sufficient time for public comment. The UCSA has a birdsite thread about it, including their request that there be more funds directed to UC's disability cops.
#UCAccessNow #disability #HigherEd https://twitter.com/_UCSA/status/1659255451618525184
I published my first academic paper thirty years ago.
Overnight, a researcher contacted me to ask if I had the data for the main figure in the paper so that they could reproduce it.
Could I help? The data was from the time before Windows, 5.25-inch floppy discs, and graphs sent from a Unix environment directly to a printer for redrawing for publication by a cartographer.
You bet! In my archive, there was the original input data and code (Fortran77). And now shared.
#academia #publishing #science #research #HigherEd #caves #climate #academicchatter #Fortran #datascience
Acquiring the University of Phoenix outright via a $550M bond issue (and operating it as a non-profit) is a pretty big bet by the University of Idaho. #highered #edu
I am so proud to be part of this inspiring project:
"#HigherEd For Good editorial principles: heterogeneity, care, and community" http://catherinecronin.net/reflecting/he4good_principles/
3/ The argument that the government has no resources to really understand #AI is also false.
The US gov, national labs, as well & major public universities have incredible levels of talent in AI.
All available to help craft regulations without capture.
It's also a familiar irony that an industry that has been mining public institutions for everyone with talent & trying to hire them away... is implying that there is no role for those institutions to play.
Long ago, someone I know well was part of a hiring committee. He was waiting at Montana State University to interview a prospective faculty member when he received a phone call from someone at the University of Montana (a 3-hour drive away) who explained that a young person had just arrived there for a faculty interview.
The candidate did not get the job.
Today, the kids at my son's school went to the gym for a school assembly. They were to hear a musician, but the musician accidentally went to Washington Elementary in Davenport, Iowa and not Washington Elementary in Moline, Illinois. The two schools are a 15 minute drive from each other. It's an understandable #mistake.
This brought to mind my favorite faculty interview story. #histodons #AcademicChatter #HigherEd
Are you curious about how #WordPress #FullSiteEditing can enhance your #HigherEd website's functionality and design?
Join Nick Diego at #WPCampus 2023 for a hands-on workshop and discover how you can leverage FSE to take your website to the next level. Let's explore the possibilities together!
Senate Finance Committee Trims Higher Education Program in NH Budget, further solidifying the state as DEAD LAST in public funding for higher ed https://indepthnh.org/2023/05/09/senate-finance-committee-trims-higher-education-program-in-budget/
If you're a #WordPress enthusiast, be sure to join Jim Groom and Lauren Hanks as they share University of Mary Washington's love affair with #WordPress in #HigherEd since 2005!
Whether you prefer attending in person or online, be sure to grab your ticket today and join the fun at #WPCampus 2023!
Today and tomorrow, May 9-10, is your chance to share all the benefits of TCEA membership with them – for free! https://tcea.org/membership/free/ @edtech #education #edtech #highered #K12 #teaching
Elsevier refused to reduce its $3,450 fee to publish in its academic journal NeuroImage, so all the editors left to start their own journal: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/faculty-issues/research/2023/04/20/exodus-elsevier-neuroscience-journal (Archived version: https://archive.ph/nMZKe) #HigherEducation #HigherEd #ScholarlyPublishing
Neuroimage, the leading publication globally for brain-imaging research, [...] charges to authors reflect its prestige, and academics now pay over £2,700 for a research paper to be published. The former editors say this is “unethical” and bears no relation to the costs involved. #Elsevier #highered #science #publishing #journals #openaccess