Deconstruction and Takeaways (games)

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes 5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education Nice article. via 5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education. The author suggests we might … Continue reading

Students fail at writing.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Students failing because of Twitter, texting – Canada – “Thirty per cent of students who are admitted are not able to pass at a minimum level,” says Ann Barrett, managing director of the English language proficiency exam at Waterloo … Continue reading

Fun with Google Docs (Part 1)

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes OK, this is just too much fun. It also has the potential to shift how we work together in some interesting and fundamental ways. This is the first of a multi-part post outlining my experiences with Google Docs in the … Continue reading

Global Game Jam is this weekend

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Live video can be found at The local Calgary site begins at about 4 PM today; others have started, of course, as the various time zones join up. Be the first to like. Like Unlike … Continue reading

University of Calgary takes another lap around the metaphorical toilet bowl on its way down.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I put this together some months ago, but in light of recent events, I felt like posting this now. The U of C is going through another round of DEEP cuts. The primary reason for the cuts, says Weingarten, is … 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

…a short and miserable life…

Approximate Reading Time: 13 minutes My husband and I had dinner with a friend last night whom we both like and respect a great deal. We talked about many things, among them our attitudes about the human use of animals. My friend is a vegan, and we’re not.

I struggle with the moral issues involved and so I continued to think about this after dropping our friend off at his hotel. I try very hard to be logical and reasonable in my arguments. I suspect I may have not succeeded entirely on this one. But neither did my friend.

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