Insidehighered.com has an article on the University of Phoenix and their two-year degree granting college, Axia. According to them, Axia has more than 100,000 students that have enrolled over the past two years.
I know what most of my colleagues and administrators think of the University of Phoenix. Anyone out there have actual experience with either program? Just curious...
I'm thinking I could use Wordle as a team assignment in class. As noted on this website:
Wordle is a [software program] for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share...
This assignment could be used at the end of a chapter or module or even to review for an exam. Students could pick out key words and make their own wordle and then share these with the class.
Here's my attempt at a wordle on my classroom management blog. Anyone have other ideas of how to use Wordle?
I've noticed that my colleagues usually have policies on their syllabi dealing with tardiness, attendance, late papers, etc., but that many of them do not enforce these. Any idea as to why this is true?
Professor at Anywhere University
Dear Professor Anywhere:
There are a variety of reasons why professors ignore undesired behavior by their students. These include:
Lack of training: They haven’t been taught the skills necessary to handle behavioral issues.
Fear: They are not sure that the administration will support their actions when the student goes to them to complain.
Feeling that they are the only one: Other professors don’t seem to care if students are sleeping in class or coming to class tardy.
Loss of status: They don’t want others to know they are having problems controlling their classroom.
Time loss: It takes time to discuss behavioral issues with students.
Loss of temper: They're afraid of getting angry or upset when confronting a student. Or that the student will get angry or violent with them.
Rationalization: The student knows to come to class on time so why do they need to talk about it?
Loss of friendship: They want the students to like them.
However, once most students understand what is required in the class, they can usually be counted on to meet expectations. Following your own policies is how you reinforce those expectations. I tell my students that just as managers can't make their employees do anything in the workplace, I can't make them come to class every day or on time. But just like a manager, I can set consequences. And I do this because I want to role model the types of behaviors that will enable them to be successful.
I would love to hear from college professors who are using any of the new technologies such as weblogs, twitter, wikis, etc., in their classrooms. Specifically, how are these adding to the learning process and what has worked or not for you?