Why Education Research Is Failing Us: Begley – Sharon Begley – Newsweek.com

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Why Education Research Is Failing Us: Begley – Sharon Begley – Newsweek.com. Synopsis: This article reports on a meta study comparing inquiry methods against a more trditional approach. What was found is that: “There is a dearth of carefully crafted, … Continue reading

On Becoming a University (Part VII – On Hiring)

Approximate Reading Time: 6 minutes …Part Seven in the series on “Becoming a University” (this is the last in this series, at least, for now). As Mount Royal University makes the transition from a college to a university…… Hire people who know how to do … Continue reading

On Becoming a University (Part II)

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Faculty need to make connections beyond the institution. …Part Two in the series on “Becoming a University” In order to make the transition from a college to a university…… It is true that many faculty have connections at the UofC … Continue reading

How important is it for teaching faculty to actually know how to teach (and to actually care about the success of their students)?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Thanks Mark for once again posting something that makes me think (and that gives me an opportunity to tough on a favorite topic: the importance of teaching quality in higher ed). Boredom vs. Failure Part 2: The New Demographic From Mark’s … Continue reading

Is it wrong to buy publications from grad students and pass them off as your own?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Apparently it is in China – if you get caught. Chinese academia ghost-writing ‘widespread’ This BBC article claims that “More than $100m (£63m) changes hands in China every year for ghost-written academic papers, according to research by a Chinese university.” … Continue reading

How are You Helping the Planet?

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes We are making a mess of our planet. Whether you are a “believer” in the so-called ‘settled science’ of Climate Change or one of those heretics that the Movement derisively refers to as a ‘denialist’, most people would agree, however … Continue reading

“Venality, Pretension, Irresponsibility and Risible Claims”: That sounds just like the UofC

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Stanley Fish is really hit and miss for me: sometimes I agree with him, and other times really, really not. This is one of those times I agree: Stanley Fish: Academics Under Siege By By Stanley Fish Published: October 19, … Continue reading

Kids These Days (sheesh)….

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Net Gen kids cheat, they say…. OK, this annoys me.  Apparently, we learn very little through the millennia. “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place … Continue reading