Tom Woodward is at it again, his recent rash (does 2 constitute a rash?) of mock Chronicle articles are downright hilarious. Be sure to check out “Student Brainwashing Proves Effective” and “Colleges Consider Using Human Skin Instead of BlackBoard.” What I particularly like is Tom attack on the Ph.D. is the guiding logic for all authority in higher-ed, questioning those three letters is akin to heresy and insubordination at academic institutions like the university, and that’s why I love Tom so god damned much, he ain’t afraid of no suckers. And when we talk about diversity in higher-ed, the diversity of degrees and experience isn’t something that can be raised without great trepidation, in fact. it’s a degree-based caste system. There, I said it!
And while I’m republishing the first few paragraphs of Tom’s re-writing of the Chronicle article on the CUNY WordCampEd conference that came out last week, I highly recommend you check out Mikhail Gershovich’s “BlackBoard, This Song is Not About You: More on CUNY WordCampEd,” which provides an inspired and crucial corrective to the Chronicle article.
Colleges Consider Using Human Skin Instead of Blackboard
By Tom | June 5, 2009
—Another mock Chronicle article – or Chronicle mocking article. If it weren’t so easy I’d try to get it declared an Olympic sport.
original article here by JEFFREY R. YOUNG
footnotes, italics and a few minor deletions by me below
Jim Groom sounded like a preacher at a religious revival when he spoke to professors and administrators at the City University of New York last month. “For the love of God, open up, CUNY,” he said, raising his voice and his arms. “It’s time!” But his topic was technology, not theology. A number of studies have correlated religious zealotry of this type with insanity and anti-social behavior.
Mr. Groom is an instructional technologist at the University of Mary Washington, and he was the keynote speaker at an event here on how to better run CUNY’s online classrooms. The meeting’s focus was an idea that is catching on at a handful of colleges and universities around the country: Instead of using a course-management system to distribute materials and run class discussions, why not use free blogging software — the same kind that popular gadflies use for entertainment sites? I’ll answer my own question. Because it’s for gadflies and entertainment sites, damn it. Trusting your course to something so common, so un-academic would be like settling for a non-terminal degree.