Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Adjunct Project

If you are currently working as an adjunct, check out The Adjunct Project.

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From the website:

Two-thirds of the faculty standing in front of college classrooms each day aren’t full-time or permanent professors. But getting information about the salaries of this army of adjuncts and about their campus working conditions has been difficult. This site, which is intended to pull together that information and make it publicly available, represents the evolution of a simple spreadsheet created in 2012 by Joshua Boldt, a composition instructor in Athens, Ga.

Online courses may widen achievement gaps.

The rise of online learning has forever changed the educational landscape.   Online courses enable a greater number of students to have access to a higher education without all the added time and financial costs that traditional campus learning requires.  In fact, over 4,600,00 college students are currently taking at least one of their classes online and by 2014 this number will increase to 18,650,000. By 2019, half of ALL classes will be done online.  All seems well in the online education industry, at least according to enrollment numbers.  However, there is little information on how well these students do in this online environment.

Photo: onlineuniversities-weblog.com

Photo: onlineuniversities-weblog.com

A study conducted by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center investigated this further. The researchers focused their study on Washington State and examined 500,000 courses taken by more than 40,000 community- and technical-college students. Their results indicate that all students who take more online courses, no matter the demographic, are less likely to attain a degree. However, some groups—including black students, male students, younger students, and students with lower grade-point averages—are particularly susceptible to this pattern.  Though they did find that older students who juggle studying and raising a family, female students, and students who are typically higher-performing, experienced a marginal difference between online and physical classrooms.

Shanna Smith Jaggars, one of the paper’s authors, said the widening gap could imply that online learning is weakening—not strengthening—education equality.

 

To read more, visit the Chronicle of Higher learning

 

Achieving Success Online, Brick by Brick

Little Pig
Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Wed, Feb 27, 2013

To be a successful online student, take advantage of academic resources early in your college career.

We all know what happened to the two little pigs who built their houses out of straw and sticks.

One puff from the big, bad wolf and “poof.”

Gone.

We also know that the third little pig built his house out of bricks.

He understood that a solid foundation would enable him to prevail when the wolf came knocking on his door. So he took a proactive approach. Even though it cost him more time and energy upfront, he believed the investment was worth it.

Be proactive: take advantage of academic resources.

The same principle applies to academic success. Build a firm foundation right from the start, and you’ll be able to withstand the winds of rigorous courses and stand triumphant, degree in hand.

Do that by taking advantage of academic resources early in your college career.

For example, before your first paper is due, do you know the best way to conduct research online? How to tackle one of those intimidatingly long and complex scholarly journals? Or how you can use Turnitin to help sharpen your paraphrasing, quoting, and stylistic skills?

To enable Saint Leo University students to answer “yes” to those questions, psychology faculty member Dr. Shannon Farris created eCOACH Online Learning.

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Operation Fallen Angels: A Human Trafficking Simulation with Drs. Fermin De La Torre & Shannon Farris, Mar. 2nd, 2-6pm ET. Live streaming and Q & A available.

Operation Fallen AngelsSponsored by Chesapeake Education Center, Chesapeake, VA

March 2, 2013
2:00 – 6:00 PM ET
LIVE STREAMING using PIN# 1410445 available and live Q & A.

Incident debriefing with Dr. Shannon Farris near the end of the simulation with live Q & A.
Click HERE for live Q & A. Be there with your iPhone or iPad! Download the Collaborate app!!

Volunteers needed!

Attending:
Criminal justice graduate students, military personnel, Norfolk Police Department and Savannah Education Center (virtually).

All disciplines welcome!

For more information contact:
Dr. Fermin De La Torre, associate professor of criminal justice.
fermin.delatorre@saintleo.edu
(757) 464-6449

Say What You Mean…

Body Language Infographic

 

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Graphic credit: Body Language

“Why we have too few women leaders – Sheryl Sandberg”

Credit: TED 

Recording of Dr. Farris in Turnitin’s 30-Minute International Webcast: Grading the Top 100 Student Sources, Feb. 7, 2013

Turnitin Webcast

30-Minute Webcast Series: Grading the Top 100 Student Sources with Drs. Shannon Farris and Thom McHugh

Based on a recent Turnitin analysis, nearly 50% of student sources come from sites with content of questionable educational value. What are these sites and how do they rate in terms of appropriateness, quality of content, and value?

This webcast will explore the top 100 student sources that secondary and higher education student use, including the top questionable and creditable sites. We also provide suggestions on how to better guide students in conducting appropriate research online.

Click on the Turnitin picture below for recording.

Turnitin webcast copy

 

Operation Fallen Angels: A Human Trafficking Simulation with Drs. Fermin De La Torre & Shannon Farris, Mar. 2nd 12-6pm ET. Live feed and Q & A available.

Operation Fallen AngelsSponsored by Chesapeake Education Center, Chesapeake, VA

March 2, 2013
12:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Live feed available and live Q & A.

Incident debriefing with Dr. Shannon Farris near the end of the simulation with live Q & A.
Click HERE for live Q & A. Be there with your iPhone! Download the Collaborate app!!

Volunteers needed!

Attending:
Criminal justice graduate students, military personnel, Norfolk Police Department and Savannah Education Center (virtually).

All disciplines welcome!

 

 

For more information contact:
Dr. Fermin De La Torre, associate professor of criminal justice.
fermin.delatorre@saintleo.edu
(757) 464-6449

Two Webcasts for Students and Faculty this Week! Feb. 19 & 20 (Basic) Using Turnitin and Other Online Resources & (Advanced) APA Writing. Register Today!

Dr. Shannon FarrisFounder of eCOACH Online Learning

Dr. Shannon Farris
Founder of eCOACH Online Learning

Do you help understanding Turnitin and many other useful online resources? Need help with APA writing formatting? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

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Gianna Russo’s Poetry Reading at the Savannah Education Center, Feb. 19th 4-5pm ET. Open to the Public! Live feed available.

2013_Poetry_Reading_PosterSponsored by Savannah Education Center, Savannah, GA

February 19, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
Click HERE for live feed.

Special presentation for students and faculty, 6:00 – 8:00 PM:
“Down in the Dumps and Love & Sex Poems”

For more information contact:
Dr. Shannon Farris
shannon.farris@saintleo.edu

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