Monthly Archives: June 2018

The ethics of Apple’s closed ecosystem app store

The ethics of Apple’s closed ecosystem app store

This July marks the tenth birthday of the iOS App Store. The App Store originally launched alongside the release of the 3G model– 12 months after the original iPhone. The store gave developers the opportunity to write third party native apps for the iPhone, as long as they paid the 30% commission to Apple. Unlike competing android devices, however, you […] … learn more→

Green is the new black: why retailers want you to know about their green credentials

Green is the new black: why retailers want you to know about their green credentials

Australian supermarkets phasing out single-use plastic bags is just one example of how retailers are fiercely engaged in a race to be “green”. Other examples are dumping plastic straws, buying back used products and reducing unnecessary packaging. Rather than competing on price or time, green credentials offer a way for retailers to differentiate themselves. Encouraging […] … learn more→

“Russian bots” spreading fear at University? (No)

“Russian bots” spreading fear at University? (No)

Me: “I’m sure the Russians did that.” –I grade many hundreds of tests at a time now, and make mistakes simply because of the volume. When a student complains, the above is my “go to” excuse for the alleged error. I correct my error, of course, because I wouldn’t want the Russians to meddle in […] … learn more→

Weakened code risks Australia’s reputation for research integrity

Weakened code risks Australia’s reputation for research integrity

In 2018, Australia still does not have appropriate measures in place to maintain research integrity. And recent changes to our code of research conduct have weakened our already inadequate position. In contrast, China’s recent move to crack down on academic misconductmoves it into line with more than twenty European countries, the UK, USA, Canada and others that have national offices for research integrity. […] … learn more→

What you should know about the latest Senate Perkins Reauthorization Bill

What you should know about the latest Senate Perkins Reauthorization Bill

With only a few shortcomings, the Senate’s bipartisan Perkins CTE bill could provide better data on outcomes while improving coordination between workforce investments. In a rare showing of bipartisanship, this week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill that would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and […] … learn more→

Is grade inflation a worldwide trend?

Is grade inflation a worldwide trend?

By now, most final-year undergraduates across the northern hemisphere have found out what their years of toil (or Xbox playing) have amounted to in terms of the degree scores that will forever adorn their CVs. In the UK, this was historically all about the relief or despair of finding out which side of the magic […] … learn more→

“Connected pathways”: supporting teacher training in digital transformation

The project “Connected Courses” in which my thesis is written is among the 22 winners of the e-FRAN call for projects (spaces for training, research and digital animation). E-FRAN aims to support School transformation projects and the creation of “digital innovation educational territories” by building on research. This call for projects was launched as part […] … learn more→

With great metrics comes great responsibility

With great metrics comes great responsibility

The real challenge around “responsible metrics” is only partly about the metrics themselves; it is also, and perhaps more, about how people use them. First, I must repeat a mantra that I have used widely: we mean indicators, not metrics. A metric is something like a citation count; it doesn’t tell you a great deal, and […] … learn more→

The value of real relationships in research development

The value of real relationships in research development

Research support professionals are always on the lookout for good practice. I should know, I’m one of them. A common way to do this is to attend relevant conferences, and one of the largest of these – INORMS – took place in Edinburgh in early June. INORMS brings together well over one thousand people who work in […] … learn more→