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Don’t Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four
August 26, 2013 | 3:29 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each "course" below is worth one credit. Literary Theory and one of the In-Depth Study courses are compulsory; you'll need to pick two others, from at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections...

Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?
August 23, 2013 | 6:59 pm

online learningCollege ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall semesters right about now, and students are scrambling to find cheap versions of their textbooks for classes. These costs add up. College students find themselves spending hundreds of dollars just on books alone. I was lucky, and tended to read the books in the library or buy them...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 4: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Three
August 23, 2013 | 1:36 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year three of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering the Romantic through Post-Colonial times. Each "course" below is worth one credit. You'll need to pick three of them, from at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections I'll give you once we've covered the English ones. For each course, you'll follow the...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two
August 21, 2013 | 2:00 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we'll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each "course" below is worth one credit. You'll need to pick three of them, for at least two of the groups, and then pick three electives. One of these other electives can be another literature class from any of the categories for any year, but two of them should be non-English courses from the selections that I'll give you once we've covered the English ones. For each...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One
August 20, 2013 | 4:27 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new "Don't Go to Art School" series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to skip an expensive art school degree, and to educate themselves, DIY-style. I promised to share with you a similar plan that would give you the equivalent in another curriculum area: the humanities. So, here we go: Part One of the "Nearly-Free English Degree." We'll be structuring this particular program using the same format I followed for...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument
August 17, 2013 | 6:42 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog post. It's titled, "Don't Go to Art School," and here's an excerpt: "Artists are neither doctors nor lawyers. We do not, on average, make huge six-figure salaries. We can make livable salaries, certainly. Even comfortable salaries. But we ain’t usually making a quarter mil a year. Hate to break it to you. An online debt repayment calculator recommended a salary exceeding $400,000 in order to pay off a RISD education within 10 years. "Don’t do it. "Don’t start...

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 3: Wrapping Up
July 31, 2013 | 8:20 pm

Today marked the last day of my online summer source. Hurray! I actually did find most of the content appropriate, interesting and useful. I need some time to digest a few things before I look, again, at my teaching plans for next year. But I do have a few quibbles with the format and structure of the online setup Western is using. In no particular order, my high points and low points are below. 1. Textbook vs. No Textbook I actually enjoyed not using a textbook this time around. I liked being able to open the "Content" tab and just click a link...

Is there more to the college textbook ‘bubble’ than meets the eye?
July 18, 2013 | 3:12 pm

textbooksOver at The Digital Reader, founding editor Nate Hoffelder posted some comments on a report from something called "The Book Industry Study Group," which shows an increase in "piracy" among college students. It isn't clear from the limited info Nate posted just how large the sample group was, how they were polled, or what other questions were asked of them. But I do have some experience in the different possibilities for what might be going on here, and it is far from a straight line between "textbook sales are declining" and "piracy is on the rise." I do agree with Nate that pricing...

On English Majors and Education
June 24, 2013 | 11:15 am

educationThanks to Mark Coker at Smashwords for first alerting me to this editorial in the New York Times, which has been making the social media rounds. The author, a former English major and now-teacher, laments that "the teaching of humanities has fallen on hard times." She attributes this to an increasingly career-focused future workforce that is reluctant to take on educational debt unless it's for a major that can lead directly to a career, and bemoans that many of the incoming students at her own university lack basic literacy and decent writing skills. I won't deny that there does seem to be a...

For more free textbooks, look at iTunes U
March 11, 2013 | 9:48 pm

free textbooksBy Dr. Frank Lowney This past weekend, Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, brought to our attention an online archive of free, Creative Commons licensed university textbooks known as the Flatworld Knowledge Book Archive. We heard from Dr. Lowney again yesterday; he told us that "another, larger source of free e-textbooks can actually be found on iTunes U. But that story, he said, is a bit more complicated." His explanation follows: Educational providers, such as institutions of higher education, can get a public iTunes U site from Apple at zero cost. Those public sites contain both "collections" and "courses." A collection can...

A legitimate archive of free textbooks
March 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

free textbooks I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to college textbooks, and higher education in general. That's important to point out, because in his email, Dr. Lowney brought to my attention a fantastic online archive of entirely free, Creative Commons licensed textbooks. (That is to say, a completely legit archive.) And while I am familiar with the company that originally created the archive--they're known...

What’s Happening to College Bookstores?
February 27, 2013 | 10:56 pm

college bookstoresBy Dr. Frank Lowney I recently traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to attend the annual convention put on by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), and to participate in a panel discussion on the impact of emerging technologies upon the textbook business. The CAMpus market EXpo, or CAMEX, is billed as the “largest annual tradeshow and educational event in the collegiate retailing industry.” NACS represents nearly all U.S. college stores, but CAMEX is attended primarily by people who run campus-owned stores. Half of all college stores are campus-owned; the other half are outsourced operations such as eFollett. The experience firmed-up many of...