Author Archives: Terence Elliott

How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch

Here are the highlights of this disturbing article:

How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch

Gov. Jerry Brown has given his blessing to popular online course platform, Udacity, to partner with San Jose State University for the ultra-low cost online lower-division and remedial classes

In other words, computers can–and have–successfully replaced teachers.

If I had to predict how the fallout of this pilot will go, here’s my timeline:

Pilot succeeds, expands to more universities and classes

Part-time faculty get laid off, more community colleges are shuttered, extracurricular college services are closed, and humanities and arts departments are dissolved for lack of enrollment (science enrollment increases–yay!?)

Graduate programs dry up, once master’s and PhD students realize there are no teaching jobs. Fewer graduate students means fewer teaching assistants and, therefore, fewer classes

Competency-based measures begin to find the online students perform on par with, if not better than, campus-based students. Major accredited state college systems offer fully online university degrees, then shutter more and more college campuses

A few Ivy League universities begin to control most of the online content, as universities all over the world converge toward the classes that produce the highest success rates

In the near future, learning on a college campus returns to its elite roots, where a much smaller percentage of students are personally mentored by research and expert faculty

Read the whole article.  It isn’t long and is worth the candle.

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More | HASTAC.

This recent post in HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) really helps to settle professorial nerves about the ins and outs of blogging in safety both ethically and legally.  I will be using these guidelines in future as I plan my syllabi and prepare for blogging projects at the beginning of the semester with students.  Amen.

Patience is a network effect | Rough Type

Patience is a network effect | Rough Type.


If you want to see how technology shapes the way we perceive the world, just look at the way our experience of time has changed as network speeds have increased. Back in 2006, a famous study of onl…


This might as well be a whack upside the head for teachers.  As our students become more connected (meaning fast connections) the less patient they become online– as in”less that the blink of an eye” wait time impatient.  If this translates to the analog, ‘meatspace’ world (and I suspect it might), then what does it mean for gathering attention in the classroom?

We need to be studying student attention in the classroom where there is unrestricted wireless and device access like my own university one.

Here is Nicholas Carr’s take (and it honestly makes me think that everything I do in my teaching is wrong:

“One thing this study doesn’t tell us — but I would hypothesize as true (based on what I see in myself as well as others) — is that the loss of patience persists even when we’re not online. In other words, digital technologies are training us to be more conscious of and more resistant to delays of all sorts — and perhaps more intolerant of moments of time that pass without the arrival of new stimuli. Because our experience of time is so important to our experience of life, it strikes me that these kinds of technology-induced changes in our perception of delays can have particularly broad consequences.”

Gotta love that oxymoronic understatement–”particularly broad consequences”.


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10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq

10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq.

This is the best summary I have ever seen of available apps for creating art on your iPad.  Sketch, watercolor, calligraph to thine own content.  I will look over a few of these in the next newsletter.

BTW, if you want subscribe to our Tech Committee Newsletter, then click here:  the WKU English Department Technology Newsletter:  Thanksgiving Edition



WKU English Department iPad “Uncolloquium”

The DELO recordings are up for our first ‘uncolloquium’ on iPad tools and apps.  Thanks to DELO for the big assist in recording by Lauren Moseley and uploading to the cloud.  Great work.  I would especially like to thank Dr. Jane Fife for organizing and Drs. Lenoir, Alsop, Crouther, Ervin, Szerdahelhyi, Jones, and Hughes for going along for the ride.

I would recommend that you skip around and find something you like within the videos.  As time permits I will revise this post with some ‘show’ notes.

Here is a link to the powerpoint that I used.  As usual “Your Mileage May Vary” but if I can help, let me know.

Part One of Four:

Part Two of Four:

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Social Media Video 2013 – YouTube

I am not sure what I am supposed to take from these scattershot factoid videos, but I have to say this left me feeling a little ‘disrupted’ and wondering.  Do we have an obligation as teachers to slow the flow and create distraction free learning environments?  I am beginning to do this in my classes.  I start with some silent reading in the NYT, followed with some discussion both small and large group, some writing,  short tech aided lecture, some more writing, and exit slips (digital and analog).  This does not mean that I keep them from accessing their mobile devices, but perhaps it should.  Since an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out all electronics is unlikely, what are your thoughts on the topic of ‘quietening up’ the classroom and amping up the analog signal?


And take a look at this parody of the original above just for a little balance here.

SlideShark is the Presentation App to Beat – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

SlideShark is the Presentation App to Beat – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Once again I show what a fan boy I am of the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog.  This new app enables powerpoint file sharing, easy projection, cloud connection to Dropbox or Box, sharing via twitter/FB/email/linkedin, and (neatest of all) the ability to look at your ppt notes without others seeing.  Perhaps we will have time to look at this on November 14 in our Cherry Hall “un-colloquium” on iPad apps.

Just a reminder to keep checking the hackpad site to read or add to what is happening there concerning the 11/14 meeting.


The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad.

This is an excellent guide to using iPad for annotating PDF’s online.   Most academic writing ends up as PDF’s so it makes sense to explore tools on the iPad that you can “mark up”.

This post differentiates three different types of pdf ‘reader’ and then recommends iPad tools for each one.  This is valuable especially to the new academic user.  I would recommend two choices that they do as well:  free (Adobe and pdf-notes free) and the pay version of Papers.

I have just begun using pdf-notes and so far I really like how it hooks up to dropbox for importing and exporting.  It also uses gestures in ways that work seamlessly with my workflow.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, the WKU English Tech Committee will be sponsoring a Tech Talk about iPad apps on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:30- 5:00 in Cherry 122.

As Jane said in her English bounce list missive, “Some of you said you could make it from 3:30-4:30 and others from 4-5, so by stretching it over that whole time for you to come and go as you can, it should work for 13 out of the 15 who responded.  For any who can’t make it, DELO will be recording it for us; we’ll post a link to the video on the Techknowledg- E blog when it is available.”

We will also be providing a space where you can add a wish list of questions to be answered, apps you find you ‘must-have’,  issues that make or break the iPad deal, and, of course, Hurricane Sandy.  Look for that in our next post here.

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press.

If you are looking to offer something extra for your lit classes or perhaps that new iPad needs a firm and full justification, then maybe you might want to check out the latest version of Eliot’s “Wasteland” for the iPad.

This is transmedia at its best.  You can get visual or written commentary.  Perhaps you want to check out Pound’s ‘edit’? Maybe you have been looking for Ted Hughes’ audio version for years. It is right here. And interviews.  And a ‘video’ adaptation. And Eliot’s kitchen sink.  Well…not that yet, but it seems pretty comprehensive as an introduction to Eliot’s masterwork.