24.11.11

[google for research: infographic]

This would be useful to stick up in classrooms or on class blogs. Thanks to Jenica Rhee for the infographic. Get more out of Google
Created by: HackCollege

20.11.11

[Are you Gay or Do You Enjoy A Drink? No Job for You at Georgia's Shorter University]

In this day an age, this is especially disgraceful!


Georgia’s Shorter University to make staff sign 'statement of faith' pledge

Image from Times Free Press.


ROME, Ga. — For decades, Shorter University has given students like Nick DiPillo, faculty member Ben Harris and former professor and alumna Betty Zane Morris a place to grow spiritually and academically.
But the new university president’s requirement of a “statement of faith” — in essence a pledge requiring faculty members to promise they are not gay and will refrain from drinking alcohol except in their own homes — has alarmed many on campus, who say it infringes on personal freedoms and attempts to legislate morality.
“I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality,” reads the statement.
It’s just one sentence in a 270-word document that also requires faculty to be active members of a Christian church and to refrain from drinking in public — even having wine in a restaurant. But it is placing the small, respected liberal arts college in headlines across the country and squarely at the crossroads of faith and learning, as its motto says.
“This institution has been a Christian school for 138 years, and we never were asked to sign anything to make that happen,” said Morris, whose husband and children also are Shorter alumni.
“Jesus couldn’t be a teacher here now. He drank wine in public. He was a Jew, and he associated with disreputable people,” said Morris, who taught communications at the school for 46 years.
University President Donald Dowless said Shorter’s administration and board — most appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention and the Georgia Baptist Convention — knew there would be some opposition.
“We recognize there may be people who do not agree with this and, in good conscience, cannot sign it. We wish them well. We hope they will be receptive to it,” Dowless said.
Those who cannot or will not sign the statement will not have their contracts renewed.

Read the entire article here.

10.11.11

[infographic: digital literacy in the classroom]

In academia there continues to be a lot (a lot!) of discussion about the pros and cons of allowing (or enabling?!) students to use social media in class. There are quite a few (the majority it seems) of professors and teachers who think students should NOT use laptops or smartphones in class. They are a distraction is the oft' touted reason. Well my students in #ALES204 and in New Media Narratives & Publishing at the University of Alberta, know I think differently! And, in many of our lectures I've tried to highlight why it is so important that we all learn to become digitally literate. It is more than just using Facebook, but learning to use it for specific purposes (like to promote oneself for a job) and learning to make some aspects of our profiles private. We're also learning that tweeting about research-related information can generate new connections - possibly even with future employees.

So, it is with this in mind that I share with you an infographic sent to me from Jenica Rhee. It is called The Digital Promise. What do you think?



Digital Promise
Created by: OnlineSchools.org