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Student Learning Outcomes (a.k.a. Objectives): I object. Way more words. Obviously meant to provide wiggle room because they are no longer "objective." I think this goes along with grade inflation and bolstering self "of steam" as ways to improve a student's experience without really accomplishing anything. Bigger title for bigger ego. I get a kick out of the fact that the acronym for this is "SLO".
Total Quality Management (a.k.a. Quality Control): This just keeps rearing its ugly head and morphing into new paradiggums. Notice how they took the "Control" out of Quality Control so we would feel less manipulated? I've seen it called Quality Matters. To whom, I ask? Those of us who have been putting a quality "product" out for years now still don't get recognition or respect. We just have to go through "Syllabus Sensitivity Training" to make sure our Syllabi aren't too wordy or strict or mean or damaging to their self-esteem. I now dub thee.....Quack Matters. Make sure your classes meet Quack standards. There is a spin off T.V. show called "Breaking Quack". More to follow....
Motivational Speaker: Someone who is paid gazillions of dollars by higher ups who think we want to sit in the auditorium and listen to someone tell bad jokes rather than work on our Syllabi. My personal favorite was the "Jollytologist" who also provided us with foam red noses so we could all be clowns for a day. All I can say is fuck you. (And how do I get into this gig after I retire?).
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