Student comments are posted on Duckweb now. My favorite so far?
He was very engaging and really knew the material. He only had to use powerpoint once.
Post the good, bad and ugly here. 12/16/12.
While UO’s Interim Provost Jim Bean is famously confused about how many Non-Tenure Track teaching faculty UO has, it’s clear they have a large and increasing role here and everywhere. Here’s an excellent story in InsideHigherEd about the costs and benefits of that. 10/3/2012.
There’s an excellent Insidehighered report here about the use of technology in teaching. I’d be interested in comments from people who’ve tried the flipped classroom idea. 8/24/2012
I’m posting this as a place for people to comment on what they think are important priorities for UO campus buildings and what features should be prioritized in new classrooms. 8/22/2012.
A commenter notes that Academic Affairs has a committee and a website for reporting issues with specific classrooms: http://academicaffairs.uoregon.edu/committee-academic-infrastructure
If you go to duckweb > faculty > course administration you will now find “view class photos” under the drop down action menu. They come out in an easy to print format. Thank you so much to whoever made that happen – a very useful teaching crutch for us prosopagnosia sufferers.
And a comment reminds me of why I’m no law professor:
Read Interim Provost Jim Bean’s 2010 op-ed in the Oregonian, defending the decision to spend $1.83 million a year of regular students’s tuition money on the athlete only Jacqua Center for Student Athletes – or as the NY Times calls it, the Jock Box. Then read about how Duck AD Rob Mullens was allowed to use all the earnings from a $5 million donation to UO to replace the tiny bit the athletic department was paying – nothing toward the academic side’s costs.
Then read today’s Register Guard story on the crunch in classroom space for regular UO students. I’m no economist, but the $1.83 million per year the students are paying the athletic department would have financed a $35,599,612.29 classroom building, with 30 year tax exempt bonds at 3.125%.
UO needs a new provost. 8/12/2012.
Update: In the comments, The Dog analyzes Chris Ramey’s statement in the article:
However, over the past two decades, spending on academic buildings and sports facilities — not counting housing and other student-focused buildings — has been roughly equal, according to Ramey’s analysis, although it doesn’t include the football operations center that’s under construction.
I don’t see how Ramey’s math works here either – and even if it does, is it really OK that 50% of all new construction over the past 20 years has been for the jocks? Amazing. UO needs to tax contributions to the Ducks.
8/19/2010: Via Marginal Revolution:
Perceptions of a tattooed college instructor.
Psychology Department, Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
128 undergraduates’ perceptions of tattoos on a model described as a college instructor were assessed. They viewed one of four photographs of a tattooed or nontattooed female model. Students rated her on nine teaching-related characteristics. Analyses indicated that the presence of tattoos was associated with some positive changes in ratings: students’ motivation, being imaginative about assignments, and how likely students were to recommend her as an instructor.
PMID: 20712173 [PubMed – in process]
4/17/2010: Steve Duin of the Oregonian has a column about Poli-Sci firing instructor Ken De Bevoise. I’d honestly never heard of this guy until his students started a movement to reinstate him. From the interview with VP for Academic Affairs Russ Tomlin, it appears possible that UO will in fact do that:
“They framed their arguments,” Tomlin said, “in ways that require thoughtful engagement. Clearly, a review is ongoing. We heard the students, and the students are giving us pause to reconsider.”