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As more of us in #HigherEd are #MeetingOnline or #TeachingOnline, we are also getting unwanted guests. Here are some tips on controlling a #Zoom room that may help prevent #ZoomBombing. #SAChat #AcademicTwitter (1)
First, do not publicly provide classroom or meeting links unless you must. (2)
As host, you can enable a waiting room so you control who enters. The host has to approve who is admitted into the meeting. This can work well for a classroom when you know students’ names. For more information (FMI):… (3)
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Reactions To #COVID19 Threaten Gains In Diversity, Inclusion And Belonging. #EDI #highered via @forbes…
How Will COVID-19 Affect Equity in Education?
The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to educate students about the importance of equality and anti-discrimination.
School officials must be reminded of..obligation to avoid discrimination” By JV Arellano…
Importance of Diversity and Inclusion During Uncertain Times

“diversity among races, genders, generations, ethnicities..thought one thing..including employees with these experiences in the leaders..find.. answers..during trying times”…
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An open letter to team @jadu. Our time to refocus starts now, working with our partners for the benefit of our customers and the public.

Partners, please join us on a call this Thursday 2nd April in the morning:…

Text here:…

We've made a start working with @SopraSteria and @BroxbourneBC to share the COVID-19 services they have launched. #LocalGov #LocalGovDigital see them on Library here:… and here:…

Our partners @MethodsDigital are building generic forms that can be used by any Local Authority - regardless of platform. They have asked us to stand up a fully featured Jadu platform and we will. We're focusing on needs, building what's important and ensuring its of value.

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(1/6) Nurturing our mental health during the #COVID19 crisis matters for all but there are special considerations for marginalized college students and professionals.

Psychologist and researcher @dralfiee shares her recommendations in the thread below. #MentalHealthMatters
(2/6) People of certain racial/ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be targeted in negative ways in relation to #COVID19. People of these backgrounds need to know that they aren't at fault for others’ biases and should be prepared to protect their well-being during this time.
(3/6) College professionals can remember to be excellent listeners for students of color and diverse students during the #COVID19 crisis. Sometimes, we just need to talk through and process our worries and concerns. #MentalHealthMatters #HigherEd
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A while back my uni tried (valiantly) to make Academic Integrity amusing to engage with. I appreciated the effort. We used this in class (inc. to talk about issues of plagiarism re: the song itself and how they might have been avoided). But, at some point, it got out of hand...
...and, with a shutdown looming and our last chance to record something together in the same room, it became this... 🎵🎶🎵🎶(will add lyrics to thread so you can sing along at home) 😂 #highered And some light entertainment for the #covidunis hashtag crowd.
Lots of citations

And quotes with page numbers

Consistent formatting makes for happy tutors

You’ve read all the set texts, wrote clear prose that zings

These are your lecturers’ favourite things
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Okay, folks: some of the smartest #highered people I know are on here, and we need to begin the process of planning NOW for summer and fall courses. I know that it's hard to look up from the weeds, but to ensure a bright future, we need to begin brainstorming. 1/x
From my reading of the reports, there are a couple of different scenarios for which we need to plan. I'm going to select the broadest to streamline our discussions. 2/x
Scenario 1: We see spikes of COVID-19 again in the fall and winter.
Scenario 2: We're still sheltering in place.
Scenario 3: Things go back to normal

Because Scenario 3 is the least likely, we should focus planning on 1 and 2. 3/x
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I've been doing lots of faculty workshops about teaching online this past week. I'll share what I'm learning from supporting instructors that might be useful to the #highered twitterverse. I'll preface w/ the fact that instructors are MOST concerned about their students. (THREAD)
2. The compassion instructors have for their students is really heartening, and it also speaks to the need to share some data with instructors about student tech access and usage. I've been trying to share @educause's great articles, like…
3. Many instructors are worried about basic tech literacy & the ability to adopt new solutions fast. I don't have good answers for this other than "start small" or "pick one thing and learn how to do what you can with that one thing." I've most often been sending folks to the LMS
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Frightening front page: we've gone swiftly from "take it on the chin, no cruises" to "death industry overwhelmed", lack of "body storage", powers for police + immigration officials to detain people who *might* be infected, yet testing remains slow + patchy
#Covid19 /1
Powers for *police + immigration officials* to detain people suspected of having the virus yet we aren't investing in a proper testing regime. Risks of reinforcing bigotry and inciting further racist violence, while scientists tell us we need the data to inform responses /2
Relationships between how our government, media, and our own employers treat expertise are worth examining closely in the #Covid19 media context...
Which science? Which data? Which analysis?
How long and for whom do they wait before ceasing attempts to "agile" game a pandemic /3
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The global south has lessons for the global north on how to respond to a crisis.
1. Don’t panic, cooperate. Be a good neighbor, Co worker, and friend. Carry out random acts of kindness. Make your first response a positive, helpful one. Offer solutions not problems. 1/
2. Practice good digital citizenship. In a time of crisis, real or imagined, panic is the real enemy. Don’t spread rumors, unverified reports, or speculation. Don’t escalate or play out worst case scenarios. Instead, post helpful resources, encouragement, and gratitude. 2/
3. Don’t undermine policies designed to keep people safe. Show support and compassion for leaders who face making incredibly tough decisions without a rule book to guide them (and lots of bureaucracy to tie their hands). 3/
#coronavirus #COVID2019uk #highered
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Wired: Social distancing so that we do not overwhelm our healthcare system.

Tired: You have 12.75 hours to transition your classes to an online format, effectively kneecapping IT's ability to do anything as they are overwhelmed by faculty unprepared for this transition. 1/n
The first tweet is pretty specific to my university, but the following tweets are more general comments about how #highered should be handling this crisis.

If this is the threat that our leaders say it is, then we need to be decisive & find a way to close out the semester. 2/n
Forcing a sudden shift to online classes is not courageous & inspiring, it is exploitative. Extra, uncompensated labor on an indefinite basis for #faculty and #staff is unacceptable. 3/n
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I want to share some perspective and strategies for transitioning to online courses, based on my experience teaching distance-learning courses going back to 2008. Thread. #highered #digped #academictwitter #realcollege #edtech
I had students from all over the country and world in those classes, including on active duty in Iraq and other military zones. The first DL course I taught was a mix of ACTUAL MAIL and email (for students who were abroad). #highered #digped #academictwitter #realcollege #edtech
I came to learn that a student in the Green Zone in Iraq had a couple near misses (a CO and friends died). They had a hard time & I wondered how they managed to do course work (emailing papers / feedback monthly). #highered #digped #academictwitter #realcollege #edtech
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Dear my #HigherEd peeps (THREAD):

As you prepare for remote-ness c/o #COVID2019 #coronavirus, my years as an #InstructionalDesign nerd are finally paying off ;)

But srsly: here is a THREAD of things you may find useful.

I will share/update as our Digital Learning team preps.
Dear my #HigherEd peeps (THREAD):

As you prepare for remote-ness c/o #COVID2019 #coronavirus:

You need to make/borrow your own "support kit" - there are many: Whatever works for your HEI. Your kit needs to be malleable - here's our lib-guide thus far:
Dear my #HigherEd peeps (THREAD):

As you prepare for remote-ness c/o #COVID2019 #coronavirus:

Need forum help? Well HT @uoregan for this (dated and blackboard focused) "Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions"…
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In light of #AWP2020 and their sudden willingness of accommodate peoples' desire to telespeak, I'm sharing this piece @karriehiggins and I wrote a while back when they SCOFFED at such a request:…
@karriehiggins Karrie has already tweeted about this issue on here, go read about it. I just wanted to point out how much it hurts to see this issue embraced now, when it was such a (ridiculous) hurdle then.
@karriehiggins When #disabled writers needed accessibility, we were shamed by #awp. I will never go back until major things change when it comes to AWP and #criplit and those of us who write it. @GeorgesDryad @SFdirewolf
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I’ve started to see people sharing out lists of very regressive online learning “best practices.” I really hope teachers suddenly finding themselves teaching online will read this thread instead.
If a teacher with no experience working fully online has been asked to shift all their teaching online, dumping a 40+ item rubric in their lap really isn’t going to help. And it will likely do harm.
Teaching is about being human with humans. There’s no neat and tidy script for that.
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Read sad story last night about Dr. Bucci, 50 year old Phychology & Brain Sciences Dept. Chairman, at Dartmouth that committed #Suicide 11 months after a lawsuit was filed by graduate #students in his department. He
2/ was NOT accused of sexual misconduct, but named in the suit for knowing about the professors’ inappropriate behavior as the Chair.I share many of the same feelings he expressed to friends and colleagues in his emails before he took his own life like: the case was deeply
3/ personal; reputation had been damaged; physical health diminished; false portrayal of his actions; being blamed unfairly; allegations & process “unfair”; how can they ever undo what they did to me & #wronglyaccused. Similarly, how I had reported the #disability
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The Council for National Policy #CNP, "The Secret Society"…
"the heart of a great conservative movement that helped to make America strong and prosperous in the 20th century – now helping to ensure she remains free and secure in the 21st century,"
Some CNP members - Mike Pence comes quickly to mind - in the context of bolstering their conservative credentials, have proudly revealed their CNP membership, even though CNP's policy is to keep membership a secret. Here is it's 2014 Membership, the latest…
#CNP's tentacles include well-connected activists who advocate for the imposition of fundamentalist Christian ideology in public life and have succeeded in forcing their agenda in republican administrations. A list of organizations working with CNP…
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Tweet storm here pegging off a recent report by @edtrust on systemic racism in #highered. There’s a lot in the report, but particularly shocking is new data on the Black student loan default crisis, yes crisis, that deserves much more discussion. 1/16…
@EdTrust Reported in the trade press & examined further by academics & wonks like @EduBenM is a finding first made by @rkelchen that nearly half of Black student loan borrowers default over a 12 year repayment period. Nearly 1/4th of Black bachelor degree holders default. Horrible. 2/16
@EdTrust @EduBenM @rkelchen I've tried to make the case that there's a moral imperative to extend the education reform paradigm to higher ed & suggested a series of policies in furtherance thereof. 3/16…
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1/ Before I start getting bombarded by feminist groups for promoting Title IX Attorney’s wouldn’t you like to know my views or opinion before you rush to judgment about what I believe? For the conspiracy feminist’s the answer is NO I have never been accused of anything
2/ resembling a Title IX or rape charge. However, through my personal experiences I can identify and understand the pain caused for families and students have surrounding #falseallegations, inherent problems and frustrations working with uncooperative #Education & #HigherEd
3/ officials, the ludicrous Kangaroo disciplinary hearings our youth are put thru, the frustration of trying to explain to someone without lived experience what you or child needs help with or support with that does not exactly match up with what is in the four corners of the
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I had a follower DM me asking why I was excited and “Celebrating” having the Elite Title IX attorney’s following my story. Not wanting to get in an argument, I thanked her and said I would spend some time thinking about her question & send a message out in the group sharing my
perspective. My reasons are fairly simple! First, this group of attorneys, accused student warriors and their supportive family members following my #twitterfeed are amazing. This group together BLAZED a TRAIL & SHINED a LIGHT on #Colleges & #Universities denial of #DueProcess &
#UnFairHearings. #HigherEd Schools have been denying students #fundamentalfairness for years. So without these attorney’s, brave student warriors & supportive families determined to prove their #innocence there would be very little protections for me now as I take the next step
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<thread re: #philanthropy #highered> Last week, @philanthropy shared an article abt the Purdue Pharma+Sackler relationship with @tuftsuniversity. As an engaged alumni council volunteer with Tufts& an active participant in the philanthropy sector, I want to add some thoughts...
@Philanthropy @TuftsUniversity .@tuftsuniversity hired an independent fact finder, made his report available publicly (to everyone, not just the Jumbo community) for both accountability and to share knowledge/recommendations, and proactively shared the report with media. #transparencygoals
@Philanthropy @TuftsUniversity (And, @tuftsuniversity president @MonacoAnthony sent an exceedingly thoughtful communication about everything to alumni and hosted several town halls open to the Tufts community to ask questions. It was the only email I read on vacation!)
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Read this! Before xmas, I got a work email saying that we must all participate in implicit bias training.

I have ignored it because to partake in something so ‘not fit for purpose’ would be to be complicit in my own oppression…
As one of the few migrant women of colour on faculty, I don’t need implicit bias training.

I also don’t need my white managers, and colleagues to assuage their conscience about how biased/not they are.

I need concrete steps to safeguard, value, recognise, pay, promote. End of!
We have to start refusing these diversity band-aid bullshit and demand comprehensive change.

Especially in #highered where we actually produce the knowledge required for making such change.

Anything less is complicity, collusion
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Learn to Trust People with Firsthand Experience:
A thread about trust in teaching and learning

My thoughts after reading this article....
#AcademicChatter #teaching #learning #edtech #HumanizeOL #facdev #instructdev…
1/ Learning to trust people with firsthand experience sounds pretty straightforward and logical, but time and again we see instances of leaders thinking they know better. Such were my thoughts as a young teacher advocating to the State legislature for my job and for my students.
2/ When I started teaching at Bear Lake high school in 2009, the state of Idaho had just made education budget cuts and were confronting additional cuts over several years to come due to the economic recession.
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My #2009vs2019 looks terrible on paper:

I have same job title: Senior Lecturer.

In real terms, I make less money than I did a decade ago. I have no savings and can’t afford to live in London on my own (I could in 2009).

This feeds my imposter syndrome in #highered.
We live in a society that values job titles and salaries.

I wish I could say I don’t. But I can’t.

Job titles mean something. Especially in a country where #highered has little room or respect for women of colour.

Look up stats on nonwhite professors. Not a meritocracy!
Salaries mean something.

If I think too hard about the future, I panic. I have no savings. I have no investments or assets.

And a decade of less than great economy+austerity and no end in sight means, I won’t have those in the foreseeable future.
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This is going to be a thread. A long thread. I need to process out a whole bunch of things that happened today.

Topics: #science #highered #gened #nonmajors #ungrading #reflections #noexams #OpenPedagogy #OER #oep #AcademicTwitter
So context: I teach non-majors. I have done this exclusively for 12 years. For many science faculty, this is the worst thing ever - and when I started I wasn't too thrilled - but over the years I've come to embrace it and *LOVE* it.
Stus often come into my classes with high science anxiety. They either have had bad experiences with science teachers, or they think they can't learn science because they were never really taught it in a way that makes sense to them. The hardcore focus on facts drives them away
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