Monthly Archives: December 2017

Why we need to rethink supplementary examinations

Why we need to rethink supplementary examinations

In Australian schools, assessment drives learning. If there’s one thing that preoccupies students during the examination period, it’s the fear of failure and having to resit the dreaded supplementary examination. What is a supplementary exam? A supplementary exam is a form of further assessment offered to students who have not satisfied the passing criteria set […] … learn more→

Students cop the blame for pushing locals out of university towns – but it’s not their fault

Students cop the blame for pushing locals out of university towns – but it’s not their fault

The small Scottish town of St Andrews is home to one of the UK’s oldest and most highly regarded universities. The University of St Andrews has grown very rapidly in recent years, witnessing a threefold expansion in student numbers between 2002 and 2017. Today, there are 9,000 full-time students matriculated in a town with a […] … learn more→

Education Department’s borrower defense relief: Days late and dollars short

Education Department’s borrower defense relief: Days late and dollars short

Thursday the Department of Education made an announcement about the nearly 100,000 borrowers who have been waiting at least a year for the Department to consider their borrower defense to repayment claims: A whopping 21,000 or so of them will finally get an answer. In total, the Department officially approved 12,900 claims for former Corinthian Colleges students, […] … learn more→

Rage against the academic publishing machine does not have to be futile

Rage against the academic publishing machine does not have to be futile

The “unstoppable machine”. That is how Yiannis Gabriel, one of the UK’s leading social thinkers, labelled the academic-publishing complex in a recent piece for Times Higher Education (“We must rescue social science research from obscurity”, Opinion, August 10). His ire was directed, in particular, at social science research, which he sees as falling into aimless, […] … learn more→

How blockchain technology could transform the food industry

How blockchain technology could transform the food industry

There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next biggest economic revolution the world has seen since the internet. Bitcoin has brought to light blockchain technology, which offers great potential for food safety and verification in the agrifood sector. Yet it […] … learn more→

By casting teachers as informants, British counter-extremism policy is promoting violence

By casting teachers as informants, British counter-extremism policy is promoting violence

The Muslim children in my classroom withdrew from political debate when the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy cast me as an informant. Prevent infers a duty on all teachers and doctors in England, Scotland and Wales to report signs of so-called “extremism” and “radicalisation” in their pupils and patients. Applying this duty is particularly difficult as “extremism” has not […] … learn more→

Every Campus race hoax is a success

Every Campus race hoax is a success

I can’t emphasize strongly enough how our campuses are being mismanaged. Yes, many administrators have (bogus) Ph.D.’s in Leadership and Vision, but those degrees really don’t represent any actual knowledge of how to run a campus. One of the weird thing about the many hate crimes on campus is how often they are hoaxes. Nearly […] … learn more→

Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Is your computer secretly mining bitcoin alternatives? A guide to ‘cryptojacking’

Nothing comes for free, especially online. Websites and apps that don’t charge you for their services are often collecting your data or bombarding you with advertising. Now some sites have found a new way to make money from you: using your computer to generate virtual currencies. Several video streaming sites and the popular file sharing network The Pirate Bay have […] … learn more→

Climate scientists and policymakers need to trust each other (but not too much)

Climate scientists and policymakers need to trust each other (but not too much)

At a time when the effects of climate change are accelerating and published science overwhelmingly supports the view that humans are responsible for the rate of change, powerful groups remain in denial across politics, the media, and industry. Now more than ever, we need scientists and policymakers to work together to create and implement effective policy which […] … learn more→

How the Cannabis industry is set to change in 2018

How the Cannabis industry is set to change in 2018

What do you expect to see from the cannabis industry in 2018? Do you have reason to believe that things will pretty much stay the same over the next 12 months? Or are you among the group of people who are expecting huge growth over this period of time? The cannabis industry is not standing […] … learn more→