Challenges: students are being compelled to purchase laptops despite cuts in funding and aid. A double pinch for many students, especially with fyc courses going digital. How can the divides be closed given varying SES of students? How are students to deal with and overcome these pressures? How is instituion helping or hindering (which is most often the case) what faculty seek to do to address these concers.
Charlie and Tim as they prepare to get started. That's the Nick in the foreground and that's Bob Whipple's ear!
Charlie at the front, along with Tim. Peggy at the side.
Jim is helping Marcia. Nick and Judi are drupaling on their own.
Tim's helping out Kathy. Charlie explains deep things deep in the background, as you can tell by Mike and Anthony's contemplative looks.
Earlier today, on a sojourn into the loo, the seat was also up, and I wondered which male colleague could be so thoughtless.
On behalf of the conference organizers,
What I'm focusing on is the use of the collaborative book, though for the most part I won't be talking about the collaboration. Instead I'll be focusing on how drupal is a useful Content Management System (CMS). In some respects, this notion might be synonomous with a Course Management System, such as a Blackboard or a WebCT or any of the other myriad choices out there. the primary difference,however, is that CMS (I won't be using this for Course Management System abbreviations) are good for more than just teaching. Though no one, or very few, read this, it also works for organzing personal webspaces, in the proverbial blogosphere, that have nothing to do with formal instructional or pedagogical concerns or goals. But enough about that.
Although it's part of our required evaluation, more so prior to receiving tenure than after it (and maybe even more so when our new contract goes into effect) I've always been suspicious of anonymous student evaluations. While we all know there are incompetent teachers at all levels, and we have all had them, I see a lot more incompetent (really, more like ill-prepared with an inflated sense of their abilities) than I do incompetent teachers.
The eye, the view a writer brings to their work, is one of those things Rushdie says can't be taught, and I agree. We all see the world how we see it, through whatever lens, whatever ideology, and there is little we can do to change that. But it's really not so much about whether we can change our view, our outlook, the way we perceive the world and express that perception. Instead it's about whether this perception can add anything to literature and the world.
Anyone who wants to can develop technical competence as a writer. I think I have done that for the most part. I don't think I have developed technical competence as a story teller, commentator or what have you, and certainly not as a poet. But with time and effort (meaning lots of reading and writing with a clear objective for both), it can happen.