WRONG: The Animal You Spot First Says a Lot About Your Personality

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute No, it doesn’t. Sheesh. However, it says a LOT about the graphic design. The lion has a lovely DARK frame around it’s face (the biggest dark patch on that side of the image), making it quite prominent. We are predisposed … Continue reading

YAY! Open Access ~~NOT~~

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes So, I’ve been an editor for a pay to publish journal. It actually wasn’t clear to me that they WERE that kind of journal when I agreed to be an editor. I was just invited to renew my editorship. This … Continue reading

QUIZ: Is it Plagiarism? – Not So Fast!

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I cam across this quiz from the EasyBib Blog today. I have some problems with it. Think you can identify plagiarism like a pro? See if you can beat this quiz by our citation expert and prove that you’re as … Continue reading

Where is the Value-Added in the Flipped Classroom?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve been pondering the concept of the “flipped classroom” for some time now. This article speaks to a lot of the things I’ve been thinking. Historian Rachel Hope Cleaves recently identified a recurring meme in the history of food advertising: … Continue reading

Worth Sharing: The Post-Mortem on the APA’s Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games¬†|¬†Christopher J. Ferguson

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Anyone else see the irony¬†in the fact that violence and video games prompts so much anger? This ‘debate’ (I hesitate to call it a debate¬†because that implies civility, and we don’t really seem to have that here.) has been raging … Continue reading

Can Badges and Leaderboards make Low-Income Students Participate more in Campus life?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes An article about how a “gamified” interface to campus life is supposed to help low-income students (can you tell I’m skeptical?). Here’s what they do: Give out points and badges for doing stuff. Reward competing¬†against their fellow students to earn … Continue reading

Failure Is Essential to Learning | Edutopia

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Just catching up: this is from earlier this year. Worth a read. Failure Is Essential to Learning | Edutopia. How do you make failure students’ friend? Set a high standard and don’t be afraid to tell students that they haven’t … Continue reading

Help Joy help you. On the unusability of internal systems. ‚Äď disambiguity

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Yup. No-one wants to use your software – they merely want to get their work done. When will software designers realize, that they are NOT the experts when it comes to design? Usability is one of the few areas where … Continue reading