Okay here goes nothing. A new thread 🧵about #CourseHero.
My name's Karen, I've worked in #HigherEd for 20 years, and this is the absolute last thing I want to talk about today. But, I'm compelled in the face of what I see as immense harm being done to students.
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Course Hero. You can read it here: karenraycosta.medium.com/we-dont-need-a…
so I woke up thinking about the "rigor wars," as one does
and I kind of feel like the debate over rigor, not to be dramatic, but it feels symptomatic of a (the?) battle for the soul of higher education
I don't disagree with anything in this piece. What I find really interesting is the assumption that those of us who are advocating for caring pedagogy, grounded in a balance b/t support and challenge, have at any point become less rigorous.
I'm doing some research this morning on long-term collective traumas...
So many people are saying to me that they feel like they're at a breaking point, along with everyone around them. That they feel worse, not better. I thought this @insidehighered piece captured this really well (thank you students).
"But now it’s just expected and understood: everyone is just one minor event away from snapping. COVID scares can trigger existential crises and then ripple effects. Why ask each other “How are you?” when nothing has changed in almost two years?"
Okay before I share any of this, for the record, I'm not actually critiquing HyFlex. HyFlex, bless its heart, is fine. What I'm critiquing is #HigherEd's continued reliance on garbage can decision making.
While there are some exceptions, I've yet to see any compelling data or argument that HyFlex is better than a well-designed, fully online course taught by an awesome online educator. And the costs in terms of faculty stress and the tech being poured into it continue to amass...
Jun 8, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
What problem is HyFlex trying to solve? Not a rhetorical question.
I guess I'm wondering what problems we're actually trying to solve here, or if we have garbage can decision making at play (solutions seeking problems).
I went to bed last night really angry and frustrated that people are still forcing learners to be on camera...
At this point I wonder if the holdouts are people we can get through to, who are just in need of more support and information about the science of teaching and learning, or if they are committed to their own ignorance? Is it worth continuing the conversation?
Dec 3, 2020 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
"A lot of us have never been trained how to teach. Doesn’t it seem fundamentally absurd that graduate students and faculty all over the country are teaching science without even having taken a single course in science teaching?"
So we know that unmitigated chronic stress is detrimental to teaching and learning, but we can’t think our way out of it. At some point #HigherEd will have to acknowledge that we have bodies.
I've been thinking about this all morning in the context of some anxiety I've been having about transitioning into downtime over winter break...
Nov 17, 2020 • 15 tweets • 7 min read
okay something's been bugging me...a #FacDev thread...
I would argue that #FacDev is a huge area of opportunity in #HigherEd (or we could say it's completely broken-you choose).
Nov 16, 2020 • 19 tweets • 8 min read
Let's do a thing. Should we do a thing? Let's promote women+ who've written books about #HigherEd, shall we? I'm going to pull from the #HigherEd reads list we started in January.
Using Amazon for sanity: please consider your independent bookstores if purchasing.
Before I get to books, let me take a moment to direct you to @womeninhighered, led by @kelly_j_baker. What would we do without this feminist #HigherEd publication? I hope we never have to find out.
With recognition that our leaders are also experiencing all of these challenges, are they acknowledging these realities?
What I'm hearing from faculty is no. People are drowning. Faculty, staff, and students are numb, traumatized, scared, and barely holding on by a thread. And they do not feel seen and supported by #highered leaders. There are, of course, exceptions. Those don't make rules.