Author Archives: Barbara Whitehead

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Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

E-Learning continues to be a growing trend, and many of us are grappling with effective implementation. If you would like to know more about accessibility and online education, an upcoming MOOC may be helpful. Here’s how the sponsor explains it: … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

A message from CTE Director, Michael Harris: Whether this is your first year or your twentieth, the start of the fall semester is always an exciting time on campus.  I’ve always felt that a university campus is an ecosystem that … Continue reading

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Adjuncts Adrift?

SMU is hosting “The Year of the Faculty,” but the Chronicle of Higher Education seems to be amid a year of Adjuncts. Many articles in the last several months have detailed the often poverty-stricken, prep-strapped life of some adjuncts. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Faculty Play Dates

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of learning and work occurring in Faculty Learning Communities. But, like preschool play groups, FLCs also provide a safe and structured environment focused on a shared interest, for learning, interaction, and enjoyment among … Continue reading

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Cheaper! Faster! Better?

In the wake of the nation’s financial hard times, calls for accountability and affordability permeated most industries, including higher education. The buzz hit academia on several fronts, especially in the area of bang-for-the-buck. Political and societal trends toward viewing university … Continue reading

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Blended Learning and Liberal Arts Colleges

The current buzz about “blended learning” heralds the combination of face-to-face and online education as a great way to teach effectively and economically, especially for underprepared students. While SMU and other universities that take pride in offering small classes and … Continue reading

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