Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Education Gap is Income, Not Gender, Related

Much has been written about the so-called education gap, and a new study finds that income, not gender, correlates most closely with achievement differences. The study, by the American Association of University Women, debunks recent claims that boys are suffering an "education crisis." Family income, the study shows, is the biggest predicator for any gap, coupled with race and ethnicity.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Managing the Online Teaching Work Load

As much fun as teaching on line can be, one would think that being able to avoid driving to campus multiple times weekly to stand in front of a classroom in hour-long blocks three times a week would make this form of teaching very time saving. Unfortunately, those of us who have been doing this for a while know this is most often simply not the case. In fact, the burden of the bombardment of e-mail and discussion posts, not to mention participating in chat sessions and preparing for video-conferencing, can make this seem like a 24 by 7 job.

Fortunately, there are a variety of online resources that address this dilemma directly. One that uses iTunes to host a wide variety of video and audio podcasts has been created by Lawrence C. Ragan, Director of Instructional Design and Development, Penn State's World Campus. This site currently features 51 short teaching tips, and it will soon be hosting several from IPFW.

You can access the podcasts and view their titles here.

You can download iTunes here, for free.