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1/ "#OER isn’t the right solution for everyone; not every course has a viable OER textbook option." Quotes like this from Wired are such flabbergasting understatements that it's hard to tell what to do with them. wired.com/story/digital-…
2/ I recently estimated that there's a "viable #OER option" for less than 10% of the courses taught at a typical university. After 21 years and $100Ms of work on #OER. opencontent.org/blog/archives/…
3/ And for many courses, in order to be "viable", the #OER option MUST include a digital courseware solution that at a minimum automatically grades homework and quizzes and automatically syncs these with an LMS grade book. #LookingAtYouMath #AndAccounting ...
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You may be binge-watching @OITNB right now and I hope you can’t stop thinking about the characters and their stories.

The last 10 years since my memoir was published have been crazy and instructive, and I want to offer a few reflections.

#OITNB #OrangeForever #FreeHer
@OITNB When you’re in prison you’re completely reliant on the kindness of strangers. And people are rightly scared when they're behind bars.

But I’ve seen incarcerated women share what little commissary they had to ensure others had tampons & could call their kids.

#OITNB #FreeHer
@OITNB (Calling your kids to say "I love you" from behind bars can cost as much as a $1.50 a minute BTW.)

#OITNB #OrangeForever #FreeHer
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This thread on academic book titles using “cosmopolitan” as a way to defend @HawleyMO speech as not part of the anti-Semitic history of that term brings to forefront an important part of the debate: academic as elite. Follow along 1/
First here is text of Hawley’s speech I will be working from 2/ hawley.senate.gov/senator-josh-h…
He uses “academic” once: “That’s because our elites distrust patriotism and dislike the common culture left to us by our forbearers. The nation’s leading academics will gladly say this for the record...” 3/
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(01/42) Glad to be a part of #HCTwitterConf19 today! Hi, I'm Sherri Helwig - @CanadianAAAE President, faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough @UTSC @UofT and Queen's University @queensu - here to expound a bit about better connecting academia and practice in my field.
(02/42) My field is arts management (aka arts admin, cultural mgt, etc.), a relatively young area of study about work that was "professionalized" only in the last 3/4 century or so - though I suspect and hope the ideas here are relevant and applicable in many areas of #HigherEd.
(03/42) In other professional disciplines (#law, #medicine) there is a rich tradition of sharing innovations across the divide. In #business there are academic journals, practice-based materials, & important resources that span them like The Harvard Business Review @HarvardBiz.
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we live in a red state in which Republicans just dismantled state university education. it takes years to build the infrastructure for viable higher education and all that has been undone in two weeks. thousands will be fired and the rest will leave. this is seriously evil shit.
programs for the vulnerable, seniors, the homeless: all cut. scholarships: cancelled. the worst of #akleg gone off #22strong alone, “obeying” the gov. this is textbook fascism. red states, again, please take note of the rightwing movement in your states bc you could be next.
as I mentioned before, this hurts people of color—indigenous communities in a state with a large native population—the most, in every possible way. it is targeting them. it is not just about anti-intellectualism, though that is a part ofc. textbook fascism.
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Today I heard Dr. @jeffpreston of @kingsatwestern speak about #UDL, #HigherEd & the societal model for disability. With this model, focus interventions on society rather than on impairment - need policy, environment, and attitudinal change. Great talk Jeff! 1/5
Jeff asked us to consider the cause of disability
- is it impairment, illness, sickness? or
- is it inaccessibility and discrimination? 2/5
There ought to be more of a team effort around #UDL - students, faculty, & staff. If we work to incl. UDL principles, it will send msg to students, which is needed given the social aspects of uni & that a lot of learning happens outside of class (groupwork, extra-curriculars) 3/5
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Just got my course feedback. My students hated my online classes They really wanted me on Blackboard, I wish they knew how much of their data got sucked up. More importantly I want them to understand why they need to #ownyourdata #digped
This is such an importance #literacies lesson, such an important skill for educators to model. We have to #teachtheweb just as much as any "Big Five" they are missing this take away. It is essential to our civil society
And I thought I really nailed the navigation. I removed a third party chat app, removed an annotation app, got it down to just two websites, theirs and mine
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As promised, a thread on de/colonial citational politics and embodying de/coloniality. A few days ago Sam Museus did a thread on neoliberal citational politics, which is the inspiration behind this thread. Hope you will read and share. #AcademicTwitter #acwri #highered #educolor
1. First - situating term - de/colonial is something I've been writing with a slash to denote the movement between utopian desires of freedom & material condition of resisting colonization. Written & theorized in 2005, 2009, & in almost all of my pubs where I have used the term.
2. I do so to conceptualize de/coloniality not just as resistance to settler colonialism but also as a marker of the conditions of people who are part of once-colonized nations. The settler has left but effects of colonization have not.
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This is it folks!

Only two more weeks until the #FTTS2019 conference. We hope you snagged your tickets during the early bird sale, but if you're interested in #HigherEd and looking to join us, tickets are still available at an affordable rate of $100!

sites.austincc.edu/cbec/
Of course, we can only keep this conference grassroots and affordable thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

A big thank you to @D2L for returning for a third year as a gold sponsor. This conference would not exist without your support—thank you so much. 🙏
@D2L Thank you also to our silver sponsor, the Virtual College of Texas (@virtual_texas). We appreciate your continued support of innovation in higher education in Texas!
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As a former admissions officer and #HigherEd researcher, the work we have been doing on the environmental context dashboard (ECD) has been very important to me. Of course, selective college admissions is flawed (#AdmissionsGate anyone?). (a thread #emchat #admissions)
The current system uses many data points, most of which are biased in some way (SAT, GPA, rec letters, essays all have flaws). Admissions officers know this & try to adjust their assessment of apps, given inequalities of opportunity & biased metrics, but this is not easy.
Holistic review at its best tries to contextualize students' performance & account for systemic disadvantage in the K12 education system. But some offices do a better job of contextualizing apps than others.
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Anyone else doing some weekend reading of the #Gutenberg #accessibility audit report?

wpcampus.org/2019/05/gutenb…

#WordPress #a11y A screenshot of the cover page for the Gutenberg Accessibility Audit Report. Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor.
I’m going through and taking notes. The report is fascinating.

Seriously taken aback at page 5 of the UX report.
Time for the last document, and main event: the 329 page long-form technical report describing the logged issues in detail.
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The career landscape for anyone specializing in higher education pedagogy is ... weird. The work of faculty development, the work of teaching teachers, is too often perceived as instrumental.
As I’ve waxed poetic (and not so poetic) before, higher education pedagogy is (at most institutions in the U.S. and beyond) not perceived as a discipline. And the folks in this field are too often seen as doing service work — not research, not teaching.
The people who do the work of teaching and learning development are too often relegated to staff roles at institutions where the faculty / staff divide is persistent (and sometimes cruel).
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1/Spent #CollegeSigningDay today at rural Pa. HS. This is first year it had an @AdvisingCorps adviser. Excitement about what was “next” was palpable among seniors, something they said was missing in past when counselors focused solely on social/emotional. chronicle.com/article/Why-20…
2/This is a school where the median household income is $31K. Average SAT score for those who actually take it is 935. And only about 50% of students have historically gone on to post-secondary education. In other words, not much of a college-going culture.
3/Students wore shirts declaring college choice. Yet several told me they’re worried they ended up with too little aid. A few are going to regional Pa. publics, where on-campus expenses are $25K. Leaves some with a gap of $10K. That’s 1/3 of their family income. @dan_greenstein
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@EriqFelix I am so excited to respond to this thread, but it's gonna have to wait til I'm sitting at a computer to really dive into all of these...

One response I can give right now, we're really lucky to have communities of support in @TheRPGroup & @CAIR_Org in CA.
@EriqFelix @TheRPGroup @CAIR_Org Some of the most generous and supportive folks I know in #highered/#comm_college are IR/#institutionaleffectiveness practitioners. They grasp the scale of issues that our students face & know it takes a community to make changes happen to truly move the needle.
@EriqFelix @TheRPGroup @CAIR_Org The #institutionalresearch practitioners who we desperately need are those who care about education, understand our ed. institutions, work well w/ others, & can help translate complex data & findings in ways that help foster dialogue & move #studentsuccess & #edequity forward.
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Last week I tweeted a thread about #utulsa’s drastic “True Commitment” plan, unveiled on 4/11. This led to an outpouring of support from those in #highered who have seen similar debacles unfold at their own institutions. Time for a thread about the campus response so far. 1/12
National and local news have included mix of support & opposition to the plan. I’ll focus here on circumstances actually happening on campus rather than PR battle unfolding in the media. Obviously, admin has resources & consultants to help them gain upper hand in PR battle. 2/12
FRI. 4/12: College of Law faculty pass voice vote resolution to delay implementation of #TUreorganization pending faculty task force. Resolution had roughly 12-15 yays, just one nay, and a couple abstentions. Lone dissenting vote was from member of the provost’s committee. 3/12
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Short thread on #Catholicism (lapsed, in my case), #highered, #divorce, & what it means to allow grace into our lives on Holy Thursday & always.

#HolyThursday is my favorite day of the Catholic year: It's a day to reflect not only on serving others, but on letting them serve us.
As a child in the Catholic Church, I knew service represented the core of my family's faith. How can we use our gifts to enrich others? How can we make ourselves humble before the tasks of service? How can we bless others via care?

Turns out, this is the EASY part of service.
It is EASY to serve my students, my friends, and my family by loving them. By showing mercy when mistakes are made. By offering space and by offering closeness. By loving others in ways that work for THEM, not just ways that would work for ME.

Being a servant this way is easy.
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Academics w disabilities so often face such ludicrous misconceptions re equal opps in their work environment (conferences, job market, teaching etc) it makes me want to attach this pic to my email signature. It shouldn't need explaining! @cat_oakley @AcademicAbleism @acaprecariat
And let me be clear: the situation is not very dissimilar for academics with children, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds etc.
So much time&money is spent on outreach telling these groups academia is for them-only to be made not to work for them when they're there
The narrative of those with disabilities "seeking an unfair advantage" by insisting on the support they are not only legally entitled to, but that indeed creates a level playing field in the first place (and often not even that) absolutely needs to stop!
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There is more education innovation happening at my local YMCA than in this class of YC edsurge.com/news/2019-03-2…
The education community needs to make a “call for startups” that articulates the many real problems that need solving. Who will join me in co-creating this?
Ok, since you asked, here are my current top 10 #edtech problems awaiting solutions. Please amend!
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Confessions of a bipolar professor (1/5): #hypomania sounds like it is a wonderful thing - increased energy fueling creativity and good times! What's not to like? But for me, I'm in the midst of dysmorphic hypomania. And it just plain sucks.

#bipolar #highered #AcademicTwitter
(2/5) my brain, which has been rigorously trained for decades, suddenly believes that 1 + 1 = blue. I know I am not thinking rationally, but my head is also telling me to do all sorts of crazy things!

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
(3/5) brain: let's destroy relationships! Let's yell at everybody and go down in the flames of angry glory! Let's run away and purchase a house in Spain! Let's be the worst version of ourself!

Rational brain: wait a second....

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
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@chronicle has published another piece arguing that #highered is out of touch with regular Americans and disliked by them. It stages the eternal battle between a dynamic society and backward educators. The conclusion is always the same: colleges must "change how they do business"
The frame is compiled from Republican talking points, particularly that college means liberal brainwashing. bit.ly/2tyh31u
@karinfischer puts this out there as though it were a common opinion, not a refutable falsehood (start w @AaronRHanlon bit.ly/2SeAINK) /2
The culture wars discussion goes on for a long time, hitting themes we've heard since the 1980s. They are all about how #highered has been bad--has failed the reasonable expectations of the economy and society. Us must repent and conform to the surrounding society. /3
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In honor of this week’s #disability and #accessibility lecture series, here are few things I wished I knew ahead of beginning work on campus accessibility. #highered
1) When your college/ university talks about #ADA are they talking about more than just facilities? (Facilities are huge but they aren't everything)
2) Incorporate disabled people’s experiences. Incorporate student perspectives. Incorporate staff perspectives. Incorporate faculty perspectives. Get a lot of different voices into the room and try to listen to each other. #AccessIsLove
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Why we should walk away from using terms like "giving or capturing voice," in qualitative research. I hope you will read and share. #qualitativeresearch #highered #highereducation #critqual #educolor #decolonial #phdadvice #phdchat #phdlife #languagematters
1. First, the lineage and practices of qualitative research are grounded in western, global north sensibilities. Look at what is being used as dominant texts and who the authors are. Creswell and others rarely ever wrote a word thinking about people who look like me.
2. I've had to unlearn what was understood to be status quo, including the overwhelming amount of agency presumed by the researcher. I wrote about this in a book chapter titled, "Othering Research, Researching the Other (full text in ResearchGate).
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I like @AlexUsherHESA's work and read his newsletter more or less every day. So I was surprised by his patronizing take on Stefan Collini conta.cc/2SUddhd I like Collini personally and professionally, I should say up front. But Usher gets the UK highered crisis wrong /1
He says,"certainly the UK policy debate is driven by third-rate econ-talk" that is "pretty thin stuff." True, but this thin stuff eliminated public funding for UK #highered in most subjects, allowed the instant tripling of fees, and undermined the nonelite end of the sector. /2
the thin stuff is a particularly clear version of #neoliberalism via Thatcher as @davies_will has analyzed, fused with Tory austerity ideology as described by @leninology and imposed by the UK's centralized state. The coalition gov used market economics common in the West. /3
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