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Wow, what a whirlwind it has been for these past couple of weeks. The number one thing I’ve learned is that there is always something to do. On my first day of work, Shelley (marketing and public relations manager, also my boss) took me on an office tour to meet everyone. I felt like that magical body of water in the desert; each time I shook a hand, I saw swirling thoughts inside of heads thinking about all the extra work a new intern would be able to help with. In each office we visited, someone threw out the comment, “If you ever run out of things for her to do, I have X, Y, and Z that need being done.” Shelley, thankfully, claimed me right off of the bat and respectfully declined these offers. With my place in the office secure, I sat down to complete my first task; uploading podcasts.
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Is technology, in MOOC form, going to be the Skynet of higher education, leading to the subordination of the professoriate to the machines? All of a sudden, doom is on everyone’s lips with the jumping on board the Coursera train of a platoon of top universities, and we all wonder where it’s heading at breakneck speed. Questions about the need for a large cadre of full-time faculty, the numbers of which have already been dwindling through competition with the growing administrative demand for adjuncts, are understandably making those of us who teach a little uneasy. Visions of universities without walls are shifting to visions of universities without faculty, or maybe only a few elite, star faculty who phone in their course content in recorded video chunks and leave the course management to . . . well, to whom does that chore fall?
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