NO CLASSROOMS, JUST EXPERIENCES: “free thinking” the future of higher ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education

“I’m serving on a ‘Student Experience Task Force’— which among other things is exploring the relationship between residence halls, classrooms, laboratories, dining facilities, student centers, libraries, gyms, and outdoor spaces across my campus—with an eye toward long-term strategies. This is a yearlong process.

Our first assignment was to ‘free think’ one possibility twenty to thirty years from now. These ideas were not expected to be grounded in reality— but to intentionally be provocative, disruptive, or transformative.”

MLA’s evaluation of digital work wiki

The Modern Language Association’s Evaluation Wiki

“This wiki is an ongoing project initiated by the MLA Committee on Information Technology (CIT) as a way for the academic community to develop, gather, and share materials about the evaluation of work in digital media for purposes of tenure and promotion. These materials were initially conceived, written, and hosted by Geoffrey Rockwell when he was a member of the CIT (2005-08). The wiki is now maintained as a collaborative project of the MLA and other interested parties, such as HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). “

Anthropology’s view on the tenure debate

Webinar on Promotion & Tenure and Publications

American Anthropological Association.  October 2011.

” A fascinating conversation between three anthropologists, each with extensive knowledge on the promotion and tenure process. They discuss the role of digital publications, the rapidly changing publishing landscape around us, and how these forces intersect.”

Follow the links at the bottom of the page to view the slides that accompany the webinar in PDF format, or to listen to the archived webinar.

Has tenure been outsourced?

Tenure in a Digital Era

Inside Higher Ed.  May 2009.

“Even as the use of electronic media has become common across fields for research and teaching, what is taken for granted among young scholars is still foreign to many of those who sit on tenure and promotion committees. In an effort to confront this problem, the MLA and a consortium called the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory have decided to find new ways to help departments evaluate the kinds of digital scholarship being produced today. The MLA ran a program for department chairs at last year’s annual meeting in which chairs were given digital scholarship to evaluate, and that will take place again this year.”

Don’t wait until it’s perfect

Ivy League Professors and Innovation: The Controversy

To the readers who called us idiots in response to our last column, allow us to explain ourselves

By G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón

“We love the idea of using proven methodologies to mitigate risk, but absolutely nothing can create success more readily than a learning culture, an inventive team, and the ability to respond rapidly to a small market. Respectfully, if you wait until it is perfect, you may lose millions to a company that got a product to market years before yours was ready.”