Harvard “Exam” “Cheating” Scandal rumbles on

The Great Harvard Cheating Scandal of 2012 rumbles on, with more details emerging which make it seem to me that it was neither “cheating” nor was it an “examination”.  Regardless of what the official course syllabus stipulates, contradictory guidance from a professor and 4 teaching assistants, along with accepted practice and failures to catch this sooner, lead me to believe that Harvard will have to drop the allegations. I doubt if we will ever know the full detail of this specific case, but it touches on general issues of course design which I want to comment on. Continue reading “Harvard “Exam” “Cheating” Scandal rumbles on”

Reworking Courses 2011

The best time to plan next years courses is right after this year’s end and I am already sketching out some revisions to my options for the coming year. Some old assessments are going, some new stuff is in and one course is going in reverse. Continue reading “Reworking Courses 2011”

Students free to pan profs online…

is coming up all my tweeterstream this morning after a  Canadian court threw out charges of non-academic misconduct against 2 Calgary students for criticizing their lecturer on Facebook. I’ve always felt students should be able to speak out about academics, but I don’t know if this particular case is very helpful – all they said was that her classes were ‘hell’ without specifying why. Continue reading “Students free to pan profs online…”

Global Responsibilty to Protect – at a cost

I found a new, important journal in international affairs  called Global Responsibility to Protect  which I an strongly recommend no one uses or cites because of it has chosen to buy into a dying model of academic publication. Read on and I’ll explain why I have problems with paying  $35 for an article. Continue reading “Global Responsibilty to Protect – at a cost”

Teaching Continuity Plan

How do we maintain teaching continuity through the coming winter of swine flu?  We’re assured that our university has a plan for the pandemic but we have not been told anything about it, which is unusual – our current President is very good about keeping everyone informed. Meanwhile, I’ve been looking at my own teaching, and what we do in our dept, to work out what the problems are likely to be , and how we might meet them. I think the biggest problem is that many students, even  if they don’t actually have swine flu, will opt to sit it out at home at the slightest sniffle.  Not surprisingly, I’m looking at how I can use technology to deliver my teaching if me or my students are quarantined, or just faking it. Continue reading “Teaching Continuity Plan”