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Radical professionalism, a year later

The first of a set of posts on professionalism and radical professionalism appeared on this day a year ago. Here is the whole set again, this Happy Labour Day.

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SYLLABUS PART 3: HELP (2018)

LAST UPDATED: 2018-08-31

(The second general-purpose appendix to any syllabus.)
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I (Dr O’Brien) am sharing some general useful resources below: openly-accessible freely-available information from the University. I use these resources a lot in the advising side of my work, you might also find them helpful, and they could also help you to help someone else. There are many people here at UBC who can help; even if it is “just” talking to someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust, who will listen to you, that alone is already a vital service.

The same goes for any need to talk and to find support, whether something has happened to you or to someone you know, and also if nothing has happened but you worry that it might. Even if sometimes this seems like an overwhelmingly large university, and impersonal through its size and complexity: UBC is a compassionate caring community, made up of individual human beings.

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SYLLABUS PART 2: THE RULES (2018)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses … and for playing Spot The Difference with previous incarnations …

LAST UPDATED: 2018-09-20

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I. Aims and objectives
II. Expectations
III. Responsibilities
IV. Grading criteria
V. Academic integrity & avoiding plagiarism
VI. Late work, extensions, and making up for missed work
VII. Missing or rescheduling quizzes and examinations
VIII.Quick links to UBC rules, policies, and procedures

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Shiny new French courses in UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

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31 August is Ken Campbell Day: diddling and doodling, seekers, and radical education

It is time for the annual pilgrimage. So as to make this a slower and longer pilgrimage than last year, to commemorate a 10th anniversary (well, two: the death of an important person and the birth of a marginal blog), this post is a “sticky” one; and it contains various kinds of “stickiness” played out in three Acts: revisiting 2017, 2018, and Campbellian education in action.

ACT I: REVISITING 2017

IMG_9957Today is the anniversary of the death of Ken Campbell, anarchist polymath genius.

Reader of everything. Writer. Performer. Creator. Stand up comedian, speculative fictioneer, improviser, paranomasiac, marvelling revelling adventurer in existence.

Public outreach educator and life-long learning experimenter in ways beyond the wildest imaginings of Proper Professionals in these fields before they or these fields even existed. The next time you consider using words like “innovation,” “innovative,” “innovator”: have some respect. Think first. Check with reference to Ken. If philology provides a theoretical meaning, it is Ken who provides—incarnates—a reference-point for lived active practice.

As we academics start the new year, welcome new students, and train new graduate-student Teaching Assistants, please consider giving half an hour of your time to Ken; (more…)