mcmorgan + corporateculture   8

The Disneyfication of a University: Admin plays Goofy
Sounds far too familiar. Admin looking for another way to control the university space. Sell ‘em cartoons.

> it is corporate culture, a creature that has become all the rage in the business world—and now, it seems, is burrowing its way into universities. Its professed aim is to instill a sense of shared purpose among employees, but its real objective is far more coercive and insidious.

> Our president is rumored to have forked over three to four million dollars to the Disney Institute to improve our culture (he refuses to reveal the cost). A select group of faculty and staff, those identified as opinion leaders, are being offered all-expenses paid trips to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando “to gain first-hand insight into Disney’s approach to culture.” For everyone else, the university is conducting culture training workshops that run up to two hours. All staff and managers are required to attend. Faculty are strongly “encouraged” to participate, and some contract faculty, who have little job security, evidently have been compelled to do so.

Not sure who’s the bigger looser here: the admin who bought the goop from disney, the fac and staff at the university, or the students and parents who foot the bill for barge water.

The result is predictable: it’s Mickey Mouse.
corporateuniversity  corporateculture  universities  administrative_Schemes  goop 
20 days ago by mcmorgan
The Costs of Corporatization
The cost is the public good. The corporate model cannot serve the public good. We're all complicit.
corporateculture 
november 2016 by mcmorgan
(Higher) Education as Bulwark of Uselessness
I'm deskilling in the wake of Pokemon GO. " I am being completely straight in claiming that the role and glory of education is that it can be useless, not being bounded by criteria of production and pre-determined purpose."
gaming  polemic  corporateculture 
july 2016 by mcmorgan
'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech
Tapping into a volume of historical data, the predictive algorithm guides course selection in a way that improves academic success and drives on-time degree completion.” But just like the predictive modeling in music, this process should prompt us to ask a lot of questions about what feeds that algorithm and what are the results: What sorts of classes get recommended? Are students offered something that sounds familiar, comfortable? What signals to the algorithm what a student might find familiar? What happens in the face of an algorithmic education to intellectual curiosity? To risk-taking, to exploration, experimentation, play? To the major that many of us pursue for a while, “Undecided.” Does the educational system as-is, with or without an algorithm, value these things? And what happens when classes are devised in order to perform well according to this algorithm?
d2l  corporateculture 
march 2016 by mcmorgan
E-Portfolios Are Not the Fitbit of Higher Education
I'm forever dubious of e-portfolios, esp as they tend to be forever trumpeted by those who don't use them. Students: get your own domain, keep a blog and a wiki, set your own terms. "e-portfolios come to represent the Fitbits of higher education, then we will have utterly failed our students."
efolios  assessment  corporateculture  corporatecrawl 
january 2016 by mcmorgan
What’s So Radical about Defending Public Education? | The Academe Blog
A brief history of the corporatization - rise in costs, fall in wages, undermining of quality - of the state university. There's no place to hide.
corporatecreep  globalcapitalism  corporateuniversity  corporateculture 
october 2015 by mcmorgan
It's the culture, stupid! How Atlassian maintains an open information culture
Pretty good article about wikis in Atlassian, a wiki-value-added company. The emphasis is on local practices of sharing ("culture" is the code word), and how those practices are made open on local wikis and blogs. Good for outlining some of the possible practices corporate wonks might be asked to engage. Some cheer leading, but worth a butchers.
wikis  web2.0  corporateculture  blogging 
may 2012 by mcmorgan

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