GayProf is back, and he’s got another hilarious quiz for all of you proffie types, “Collegial is as Collegial Does.” Here’s a little flava:
Best: “Is a place where I work quietly.”
Fair: “Is a place where I meet students from time to time.”
Bad: “Is a place where I can really turn up the volume on my music.”
Evil: “Smells suspiciously of sulphur.”
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The role model who influenced my career:
Best: “The hardworking professors who took an interest in me as a student. They not only taught me the knowledge that I need for this job, but also what it means to be a committed educator.”
Fair: “Wonder Woman.”
Bad: “I did it on my own. Nobody ever helped me and I was always falling through the cracks.”
Evil: “Pope Benedict XVI.”
Honestly? I would rate myself “fair” for the most part. (But that only means that there’s room for improvement, right? We all need goals.) Tell me how you’d rate yourself. Also, per yesterday’s conversation, I missed Jonathan Rees’s two posts on the New York Times article on Coursera I linked to yesterday. Just read it and weep, and then carry on the conversations at Jonathan’s blog and/or in yesterday’s post on the deja-vu quality of the online ed hype.
(Something else I forgot to mention w/r/t the enthusiasm for This Year’s Model: does anyone remember when video simulcasts were going to revolutionize distance education? This would have been in the early 1990s, I think. I remember hearing about deans who were all excited about broadcasting large lecture courses to even larger numbers of students, who would assemble in yet another large lecture hall in order to see the proffie on a video link.)
Now, I’m off to the office in which I meet with students from time to time. Stay cool, friends, and make sure your horses have plenty of water. And speakng of This Year’s Model: