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The Macro Level Context of Teaching and LearningAKD SymposiumTeaching and LearningSouthern Sociological Society 2014Maxine P. AtkinsonNC State University1March 2010The Olden Days.
March 2010But.1973 Teaching Sociology first published
1980 Passing on Sociology: The Teaching of a Disciplineby Charles A. Goldsmid and Everett K. Wilson
Modern Era 1990 Boyer Scholarship Reconsidered5
Scholarship of Teaching and LearningChin, 2002 SoTL in Teaching Sociology (1984-1999)6TodayStudent Debt, Lack of State SupportAccountabilityAssessmentOnline LearningMOOCSContingent Work
7Diminished State Support, Increased Student DebtThe tipping point: students are beginning to pay more in tuition than statesWithin 20 years, 6 states will provide no support(CO, AK, SC, AR, RI, VT)
8In 2000, state paid more in 47 states, students paid more in 3. In 2012, state paid more in 26 states, students paid more in 24.Chronicle, March 3, 2014.March 2010Cuts to Higher Education9
Arizona.50.4% since 08-13, New Hampshire, 50%, Oregon, 44%, Louisiana, 42%, Florida, 31%http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3927March 2010Tuition has increased sharply10
Arizona increased tuition by 78%, California by 72%, Florida by 67%, Washington by 64%, Georgia by 63%March 2010Student Share of Cost of Ed11
Student DebtAmong 27 yr olds who went to college40% have no student debt, 36% have $25k or less, 13% have between 25 and 50k, 11% have 50k+Only 33% have a bachelors degree or higher
12http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/highly-educated-highly-indebted-the-lives-of-todays-27-year-olds-in-charts/283263/Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Todays 27 year oldsMarch 2010Accountability, AssessmentShould our degrees be tied to jobs?
Competency based learning?
13Vitullio ASA Footnotes March 2014, Advising sociology majors for job market
March 2010Obamas Ratings ProposalAccess (% Pell Grants)Affordability (Tuition)Outcomes (graduation and transfer rates, graduates earnings, graduates advanced degrees)14http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/22/fact-sheet-president-s-plan-make-college-more-affordable-better-bargain-
http://tinyurl.com/krmn38y March 2010Online Courses32% US students
87% colleges have courses
62% colleges have some online program
15March 2010http://www.usnews.com/education/online-educationOnline education is so wide spread that US News and World Report now ranks online undergraduate and graduate programs. UF just opened an online branch in 2013. Arizona state advertises theirs as being taught by Arizona State faculty.March 2010Are online courses effective?Bergstrand and Savage. 2013. Teaching Sociology, July.
Driscoll et al. 2012. Teaching Sociology, July.
17students feel they have learned less in online courses, believe they are treated with more respect in in-class courses, and rate online courses less highly than in-class courses,,,from Bergstrand and Savage
Driscoll et al.students achieve just as much once you control for sample selection bias
March 201018The Council of Independent Colleges and the Teagle Foundation
Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction
20 Small Colleges Offer Online Courses for Member Institution Students
Inside Higher Education, Our Powers CombinedMarch 19, 2014ByCarl Straumsheim
March 2010The Future?State U Onlinewww.newamerica.net/publications/policy/state_u_online
State University systems organizing their online courses and programs
More Programs online
19Challenges?Faculty Buy-inRetentionReward StructuresCredentialsCredit, including transfer
20March 2010MOOCS!Massive open online courses
Companies: Coursera, Udacity, edX, 2U
Potential Problems?......for us.., not companies
21Employers, MOOC PotentialIf [an applicant] is trying to educate themselves, it says something about the individual. [It shows that individual wants] to stay on top of what is going on in their field.
Were always looking for ways and options for team members to engage in ongoing learning to help the business grow.22http://www.rti.org/pubs/duke_handbook-final-03252014.pdf Employers see potential for hiring and for professional development.
March 2010Contingent Faculty23
http://agb.org/trusteeship/2013/5/changing-academic-workforceMarch 2010Contingent ChallengesLow PayDifficult Work EnvironmentInadequate Hiring PoliciesShort Lead TimeLimited Job SecurityNo Professional DevelopmentNo Involvement in Curriculum PlanningLimited Office Space, Support25Standards for NTT FacultyRecognize high performing facultyWritten procedures for hiringSupport for professional developmentIncrease lead timeHire more full time NTTIntegrate into departments26http://agb.org/trusteeship/2013/5/changing-academic-workforceMarch 2010Impact on Student LearningLack of contactLimited use of high impact pedagogiesNegative effect on retentionNegative effect on graduation rates27Recapping Todays ChallengesDiminished State SupportIncreased TuitionIncreased Student DebtIncreased AccountabilityObamas Ratings ProposalOnline Learning MOOCSTwo-Tiered Faculty
Do these sound like all lemons?I agree but are they also opportunities?
Opportunity? Challenge?Would you rather
Develop and teach an online course?
Create an advising program that connects your majors to jobs?
Design an assessment instrument that evaluates students critical thinking skills? 31Sociologists have marketable skills to teach!
Sociologists have valuable skills for the university!
Teaching is likely to become more highly valued.
Sociologists understand the importance of job conditions.
32The Future?33March 2010