DWFDW Bibliography

Speaking of Faculty Development Week, over the course of it, I heard numerous references to articles and studies and what not, and tried to keep a running list, and then at some point I thought, bah, and stopped doing it.

Then Kristin Bivens (she’s back!) was kind enough to forward me a link to an article that she’d heard mentioned, and so I thought that maybe it would be useful after all. Anywhere, here are the ones I heard about and found. Please add any others in the comments:

~Is Algebra Necessary? (h/t to Kristin Bivens). Also posted on Don’s Desk. For a response (and links to others, you can go HERE.

(Sample: “Maybe we can start by reaffirming the importance of learning for the sake of knowledge, in stark contrast to the commodification that has overtaken our educational system. No employer has ever asked me to analyze a Petrarchan sonnet, or expound on the intricacies of a Bach fugue, but I’m not sorry I have that knowledge, even if the latter meant suffering through the daily grind of musical scales on the piano as a child. The drudgery meant I might one day, in my teens, attempt Chopin. Granted, I didn’t become a professional musician; I didn’t ultimately have the chops. But my life is so much richer with Chopin in it.

I spent ten years training in jujitsu, yet I have yet to use my skills to defend myself from a real-world attack. So I guess those ten years were a waste, right? Wrong! The most important lessons I gleaned from martial arts had to do with learning to fail: getting my ass kicked and getting back up, again and again and again, until I mastered a given skill. Why wasn’t I willing to do the same for math?

All we’d end up teaching kids with Hacker’s strategy is avoidance. I was a master of avoidance. But learning to buckle down and do unpleasant things that don’t come easily to us prepares us for life.”).

~CUNY’s New College (mentioned in Alvin’s talk).

~A description of Austin Peay’s Course Picking Software  (Tristan Denley’s thing) and an article in the Chronicle.

~Uri Triesman was full of interesting quotes and references:

~”All of our services were built on someone else’s ideas of the students’ weaknesses.”

~”There is no shortage of opportunities for humility in institutional improvement.”

~”Start with what’s working.”

~”Institutional reforms can go awry and many times the first thing that they do is kill off what’s best about your institution.”

~”Being a college president is like running a cemetary; you have lots of people under you, but no one is listening.”

~”People like changes until they happen.”

~”If you can’t change the culture, enculturate the change; change, in the words of Adrianna Kazar, ‘requires a joyful conspiracy.'”

~”Placement is a criminal enterprise.”

He also said some stuff about research on how they’ve learned to predict, using data through the third week of classes who will be left in the class at the end. I found him after his talk and he said to look up the SENSE study by Kay McClenney (who runs the CCSSE and it’s associated research) and David Yeager from the Carnegie Foundation, but all I found was this link to a press release and this video (which I haven’t watched yet). They were also in the news this week when the Gates Foundation pulled funding for some of their splashy reform efforts, but that is a something else. He also mentioned Peabody models of decision making (which might be this?), Robbie Case’s work on mathematical learning called “Number Worlds” (here’s a description, but this is better), and an op-ed by Madeline Levin in the New York Times, which he connected to Placement (I don’t see it).

After that I went to a session on the new Learning Analytics, but I’m going to save my reading on that one for another post.

What did I miss?


The Ephrem-Vincent Show

A reminder from Blackboard guru Ephrem Rabin about an Educational Technology session he’s co-hosting with our Computer Lab Wizard Vince Wiggins on Friday, April 1st:

Educational Technology Q and A session that Vincent Wiggins and I are hosting  from 12:00 – 2:00 in room 407. Faculty can drop in to room 407 or log in to Elluminate to participate. Details are available at Ephrem’s Blackboard Blog at erabinsblog.blogspot.com

Open to anyone and everyone.

Meta Post: About the Lounge for Any New Visitors

I know I have said this before, but since we’ve set new hit records for each of the last three days, I thought it would be worth saying again, just for clarification.

Hi, everybody. Sorry to those of you who have seen this information before. Carry on. To everyone else, a little info about the Lounge, in case you were wondering.

So, I’m guessing that we have a lot of new visitors this week (probably some from around CCC and maybe some new regulars from HWC). Regardless (or irregardless as some might put it), welcome, y’all, to this ongoing experiment.

The primary aim is to make sure that you all know that:

  • This site, The Harold Lounge, is hosted by WordPress and is not on CCC servers or equipment. (Pretty sure the same is true for the Truman Lounge, too.)
  • If you’d like to make a comment, the settings give you the opportunity to include a web site and an email address but it is not required that you include either. If you’d like to remain anonymous, even to me and the other editors of the site, you can just leave those blank and submit yourcomment. If you adopt a pen name, but include your email address, we (the editors) will know who you are, but only if we recognize the email address. In other words, you can choose the level of self-revelation ranging from zero to total and not have to fear that anyone from your college or your district will be able to use your comment to find out who you are. The “editors” are all faculty members at HWC with contributory rights, in case you were wondering.
  • Anyone faculty member from HWC, adjunct or full time, who asks to be put on as an editor can and will be. Upon being activated, you will have immediate ability to post, to post and edit pages, upload documents, video, pictures, whatever. If anyone is interested in starting a monthly or weekly feature or taking over an existing one, all you need to do is send me (PhiloDave) an email (drichardson2@ccc.edu) and I’ll put you on. I’d love to have a 2nd Career Corner for Retiree postings, some Non-tenured voices, more book and movie and restaurant reviews, and anything else you can think of.
  • The poll voting is completely anonymous. I cannot track the votes to any specific voter, even with some poking around.

I hope this clarifies, and mollifies, any concerns for anyone out there who might have been wondering if the CCC tech people (those who are left, anyway) can sift through any of this to identify posters or commentators. They can’t,  unless you provide them with information about who you are in your name or comment. At least not without using nefarious ways (or working somehow through your own computer), which, frankly, I think they’ll be too busy to do. Second, as long as you aren’t spending inordinate amounts of time on the Lounge and/or acting goofy, given the content of the site, any activities should fall within the scope of the technology use policy. With that said, of course, it is a public site, so you should use common sense (and avoid libelous slander, etc.), but so far we’ve never had any sort of problem with that kind of thing and I don’t expect to in the future. Even with the new investigators on duty.

The upshot is, if you’ve been thinking about saying something, but weren’t sure how it worked, hopefully now you have the information you need to fire away. So, welcome and fire away!

Sustainability Alliance–What You Should Know

From Jen Asimow:

I am sure that most of you, by now, have heard talk of the “Sustainability Alliance” at HWC.  If not, here it is.  We are a group, dedicated to discussing, planning for and educating students and each other about “green” issues and initiatives on campus.  We are still in our infancy, and need your help and input.


Our group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Harold Lounge (1046).  There is a lot of great energy amongst our members.  One of the upcoming (and possibly biggest) projects on campus is the “Green Roof”.  There are several great people involved in this project.  Once it has been built, there will be ample opportunities for faculty to teach and learn in this new space.  Our group will have an enormous impact on how that space is eventually used.


That said, we are looking for faculty, students, staff and administrators to get involved.  Even if our meeting time does not work for you, I would be happy to get you our emails and correspondences.  Who knows?  Maybe next semester you will be able to get more involved.


Next Wednesday, October 20th, at 2PM we will meet in the lounge.  Our guest will be Mike Davis (remember him?) from the District office.  Big Plans.  Big Ideas.  Big Excitement!  Come Join Us!!!!