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Before DeSantis announces his candidacy for president tonight, I’d like to point out a few of his #highered “accomplishments” as governor. Buckle up for the🧵1/6
- Preventing faculty from restricting students from recording class lectures to aid them in filing complaints (SB233)
- Forcing public universities to conduct an annual “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity survey” with an implicit threat to punish (SB233)
- Prohibiting universities from “shielding” students from free speech that may include speech they find uncomfortable, unwelcome, disagreeable, or offensive (SB233)


- Banning critical race theory & anything that might cause students “psychological distress” (HB7) 3/6
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Now from @PostOpinions: the same by-the-numbers, empirically unserious column about #freespeech on #college campuses. So, my typical response…1/5…
Low key, one of the most significant pieces of #misinformation about #collegecampuses that such columns popularize is the falsehood that an op-ed can meaningfully assess the state of #freespeech across nearly 5K postsecondary institutions in the U.S. It can't. 2/5
This latest example is an assessment of anecdotes--out of context and selectively retold--not a serious survey of the many different forums for free speech that exist in any given #university. 3/5
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The Right Wing's Dirty War Against History and Education… The politics of disappearance at work currently in the U.S. takes place under the cover of state legislative policies that erase the histories of marginalized groups and other displaced populations
Public Education, 'School Choice' Debate: Defeat of a School Voucher Program Reveals the Truth… “Vouchers take money out of the budget [meant] for public schools and route it to various recipients that include private schools and homeschooling businesses”
US #Fascism Spreads Under Guise of “Patriotic Education”…

"the far right GOP has deemed #education to be the most powerful tool for creating a public that is neither informed nor willing to struggle to keep a #democracy alive"
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A few months ago, I was googling STEM programs in prisons, and came across an ad, posted on eBay of all places. “Could there be a future in computer programming for prisoners?” #higheredinprison #edtech #stem @STEM_OPS @Prof_Andrisse
But it wasn’t from The Last Mile or Slack's Next Chapter, which are both nonprofits working in this space now. It was an IBM ad from 1970 in Scientific American. @TLM @IBM @sciam @SlackHQ
I had no idea that computer programming was offered in prisons 50 years ago. As I dug a little bit into the archives of @JSTOR’s American Prison Newspaper Archives, I discovered this was happening all across the country. Via La Roca, AZ State Prison, 1974.
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It is incredibly hard for me to reconcile how people who are my abusers? Those same people also taught me a lot. I don't know what to do with that. Or how to reconcile it.
The husband and wife duo at Florida State University taught me poetry in 1999, 2000, 2001.

I applied to teach at FSU twice before I got the job.

The third time I saw the ad? I almost did not apply. Here's what I said to my partner:
Why would I apply for this job? I have already applied for this job twice and I have been turned down. Why would I submit myself to rejection, yet again, by the Department of English at FSU?

#AcademicJobMarket #AcademicTwitter
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BREAKING: Ron DeSantis just held a press conference in Sarasota, Florida w/ Christopher Rufo, the engineer of the right wing panic over #criticalracetheory & newly appointed Trustee at @NewCollegeofFL...
DeSantis claims that "the dominant view of higher ed is to impose ideological conformity & political activism" rather than providing a foundation for students to think for themselves.

DeSantis: dominant view is manifested in #DEI & #CRT & constitute a drain on resources...
DeSantis claims:
-requiring diversity statements is akin to taking a political oath.
-Professors that vow to treat everyone the same are punished.
-a lot of money is spent on #DEI in higher ed despite schools reporting less than 1% of budget spent on diversity initiatives.
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In the context of inverted classrooms, AI systems like #ChatGPT can provide more individualisation in at least two areas. A thread. (1/x)

#flipclass #invertedclassroom #twlz #twittercampus #academicchatter #academictwitter #highered #digitalization #education
1) Individualised instruction: Teachers may no longer need to provide extensive materials (videos, texts, ...). In the preparation phase, students can ask the AI bot to explain concepts to them: "Please explain the five essential aspects of X." [...] (2/x)
"I didn't quite understand aspect 3. Can you please explain it in more detail?" When chatbots also let avatars speak (as at, for example), we are not far away from individualised explanatory videos created on demand. (3/x)
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Academics "riding their fear carousel"(@Anda19) can't think about innovative ways to use #ChatGTP. So I asked ChatGTP: "If AI is part of future professional workflows how can academics get students to use it ethically as part of an assessment" Their reply: #highered #assessment
1.Incorporate discussions on AI ethics into the curriculum: By including discussions on the ethical implications of AI in class, students will be better equipped to make informed decisions when using AI in their assessments.
2.Provide clear guidelines for the use of AI in assessments: By providing students with clear guidelines on what is and is not acceptable when using AI in their assessments, students will have a better understanding of what is expected of them.
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@WeiLinChen16 and I completed a Latent Class Analysis on the Wabash Study data from @UIowaEducation in Research in Higher Education w/@SpringerNature . The LCA includes 28 outside-of-the-classroom activities and behaviors.…
We found ten classes of first-year student engagement:
-academic artists-8.3%
-party athletes-7.7%
-serious athletes-6.1%
-conventional non-workers-12%
-moderate workers-7.6%
detached partiers-14.2%
-involved partiers-14.1%
Students reporting as first-generation and some racially minoritized groups are overrepresented in the disengaged and underrepresented involved partier classes, while racially minoritized students alone were overrepresented among academic artists.
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Active Learning Lessons, Activities, and Assignments for the Modern Social Work Educator #ActiveLearning #HigherEd #Academia #SocialWork #SocialWorkTwitter

A thread ⬇️…
My book, Active Learning Lessons, Activities, and Assignments for the Modern Social Work Educator (…) has been published!!
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"#ALEC’s proposed Free Speech in Higher Education Act debated by members this week would ban public universities from using bias reporting systems to prevent or punish “offensive” or “unwanted” speech by students, faculty, staff, or guests."… #HigherEd Image
#ALEC’s FORUM Act "has passed in multiple states with the help of the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, aims to address the manufactured free speech “crisis” being hyped by the Right, often by sending extremist provocateurs to speak at colleges and universities." #HigherEd Image
The real reason for the attack on libraries… This "has always been about keeping people uneducated and ignorant. Suppressing diverse ideas has always been the hallmark of conservatism, and free libraries stand in the way of their goal."
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Yet again a virulently anti #Israel 🇮🇱 student group is trying to intimidate & pressure peers to boycott courses taught by a couple of visiting Israeli profs. So depressing 😞 to see a campaign against open inquiry & free intellectual exchange happening @UChicago of all places!
So disheartening to see this next phase of anti Israel activism on 🇺🇸campuses 😩. BTW: these particular courses are being taught by a rabbi, an expert on #Jewish thought & theology, and by an academic who actively participated in Israel’s peace negotiations w/Egypt & Jordan.
We often hear anti #Israel activists insisting that BDS “only” targets Israeli universities and doesn’t impact or seek to harm individual scholars. Yeah, right. I’ve never seen these activists ever try to avoid causing maximum hardship for Israeli academics. #highered #academia
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Why are the #humanities dying? Why is enrollment dropping precipitously, why are departments shutting down from lack of funding and support? A 🧵by a former English professor:
The answer: the humanities are becoming more and more irrelevant, and its stakeholders are refusing to critically address its irrelevance.
A case study from my former field, #literarystudies: the central object of analysis in literary studies has not changed for century: only novels, poetry, drama are acceptable. Everything else is either on the margins or relegated to another department.
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In my past life as an academic, one of the things people would do is examine my tweets for subtext whenever they were trying to say 💩 things about me to discredit this in some way.
But the funny thing is as my friend @jessifer said to me when he encountered those folks, “Have you even met Adeline? She already says all the things she’s not supposed to say! What is the need to look at subtext?” 😂😂😂
This sheds on light on some of the numerous ways I did not fit into #academia. I am honest and direct and forthright as much as I am able.

This never fit into academic social norms, which rely on courtly manners, prevarication and dissemination in majority of social contexts.
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There's ample evidence that clean air matters when it comes to COVID. And while we've long known this, we're getting more and more studies proving how important this is in #HigherEd. We can keep our classrooms safe with HVAC systems, HEPAs, masking, and other mitigations. 1/12
If you've seen me on campus this term, you will know me as "that lady wheeling around a cart." That is right. I am the lady wheeling around my own HEPA filter because I am high risk for COVID. So having clean air + masking in the classroom/office are vital for me. 2/12
This is my rolling cart set up. 3/12 A large Rabbit Air A3 HEPA ...
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Things I do not miss about academic discussions now that I’ve left, a 🧵:

- In most discussions I’ve been in I see that participants are often barely listening to one another. They are just waiting for their turn to speak and show off their brilliance.
It’s why these are often not real discussions, because participants rarely deeply engage with one another. It’s mostly peacocking.
- Courtly manners. In more sanguine environments, most discussions take place whereby the participants make superficial nods to one another’s work, for the seeming purpose of showing what an intellectual powerhouse is currently at the table.
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This is something I’ve wanted to say to well-meaning liberal white women who are in senior positions for a while. I’m saying it now because my voice has been freed after winning the book award recently.
Dear liberal white women: I know that often you try to support and promote women of color as part of your commitment to #antiracism. It is great that you do this, but:
You need to understand that women of color are not a monolith, and that white supremacy in many institutions makes some women of color fight against others women of color to gain the attention, validation and praise of senior white people.
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Today's #ResearchTip answers a question I'm asked a lot by scholars: "How do I write a book?"
Here's a thread🧵explaining how to do it. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #HigherEd #gradschool #PhDChat #MedEd #PhDHelp
If you're thinking about writing a book, the first thing to ask is 'why do I want to do this?' Some common reasons are:
- want to share ideas with others
- impact
- always been a dream/ambition
- prestige
- promotion/career progression
- money
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
Wanting to share ideas is a great reason for writing a book.
Before you go further, note what those ideas are - and who you want to reach? Is an academic book (or any kind of book) the best way to document your ideas and share them with others? #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
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Republicans Want Teachers to Leave Public Education… Republicans are literally running a political platform on weakening teachers, schools and education because they need the poorly educated to make up their voting base.
1/ DeSantis, conservatives score more Florida school board wins Moms for Liberty endorsed 12 for Florida school board and donated to campaigns. The 1776 PAC, which opposes critical race theory in schools, endorsed 49 candidates throughout 21 counties.
2/ Parental rights have been a key battle cry for DeSantis who pushed Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, aka “Parental Rights in Education”.
Together with "School Choice" laws promoting charter schools, DeSantis is dictating what kids can learn, and where they can learn it. Image
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I wrote about ADHD, #AtomicHabits, ableism, Ungrading, and all the things.

TLDR: ADHD is a life-threatening condition. Systems, routines, and structures keep me alive. Ignorant critiques of these strategies are ableist. Let's do better. Happy Monday!

If you'd like to learn more about ADHD, there's a podcast for that!

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Today's #ResearchTip is: Want people to 'share their story' (for teaching, research, or talks)?
- all that sharing their story may cost them (now and in future)?
- why you want to know?
- what you/they hope will happen on telling?
- their support needs
Storytelling as a method is becoming increasingly popular not just in qualitative research but in teaching, advocacy and more commercial and fundraising arenas. Done well it can be powerful and bring change. Done badly it can be a waste of time at best,harmful at worst. #HigherEd
Because it's popular, and viewed as a quick way to make impact, storytelling may be used unethically and uncritically. More so as conference keynotes (and some teaching) move from a scholarly address to 'tell us your story' (I'm asked for the latter way more than the former now).
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With Twitter facing an uncertain future, today's #ResearchTip is thread🧵all about how to plan your future social media use, ensuring you don't lose out and can stay safe. #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp
Firstly, a reminder that none of us like change, and there's a lot being predicted that may or may not come true. So work from what you do know. Note why you use social media, what for, and to what benefit? That can indicate where you go next. #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
Remember, lots of academics don't use any social media and do okay. When Twitter first started most academics were very negative about it, viewing it as a pointless waste of time. Other social media platforms are largely ignored. What does this mean for you? #AcademicTwitter
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🎉 The final regulation for the Prison Education Program was published in the Federal Register today. Here’s a thread on major changes and improvements. 1/14 #PellYes #negreg #highered…
👏 First, hats off to the staff at ED/FSA who carefully reviewed public comments and thoughtfully responded to recommendations. The regulation is indeed improved following this process! 2/14
🚨Big win🎉: ED moved the post-release outcomes metrics as part of the best interest determination from being required to optional. This is another concession in the “must/may” debate that also made recidivism and completion rates optional. 3/14 However, we acknowledge the wideranging comments and suggest
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Today's #ResearchTip is competitive academia often makes it difficult to admit when we don't know something. But if you don't understand your work/studies ask for help asap. The longer you leave things, the worse they can get. #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #HigherEd #MedEd
Ideally you'd ask for help from your supervisor, manager, tutor etc. But not everyone is safe to seek answers from. In which case colleagues, friends working in other unis, professional organisations, your union, or checking online may be a reassuring place to begin.
If you're working or studying in a place that makes it difficult, unsafe, or impossible to ask for advice or clarify when you don't know something, that's a major red flag. Yes, seek additional help with the ideas above, but you may also want to find another place to work/study.
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