Monthly Archives: October 2018

Educate about nature on a planet in crisis

Educate about nature on a planet in crisis

Education and the state of health of our planet are changing rapidly. However, while the number of pedagogical proposals grows, sometimes overwhelmingly , the number of species decreases as the habitats that sustain them deteriorate or disappear. Even so, the future of both seems to be related. Classes to future teachers In this context, I start the course of […] … learn more→

School: evaluation, capable of the best, guilty of the worst

School: evaluation, capable of the best, guilty of the worst

The question of evaluation at school comes back to the fore. While the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, intends to develop a culture of evaluation, new assessments of students are now planned mid-CP, CE1, and second. An “evaluation body”, dedicated to the appreciation of institutions, is being created for 2019, while MPs Marie Tamarelle-Verhaeghe and Régis Juanico […] … learn more→

Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms

Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms

The curriculum is not just the “stuff” that students must learn to be knowledgeable and skilled in a particular discipline. It’s about more than just content. Sociologists of education argue that “curriculum” is a highly ideological hybrid discourse. This means that it includes implicit ways of knowing, ways of doing and ways of being – as well […] … learn more→

Why R2D2 could be your child’s teacher sooner than you think

Why R2D2 could be your child’s teacher sooner than you think

C3PO, R2D2 and Wall-E: three distinctly memorable robots that captured our hearts as they rolled and beeped across the silver screen. But pint-sized and friendly, humanoid robots are now more than just fictional characters. They’re finding their way into new roles as teachers, ready to shape the way students learn in the classroom. And the […] … learn more→

The joy of Wiki

The joy of Wiki

Earlier this year, I started a ‘Shut up and Wiki’ group at our university. It has been running now for over six months. Many universities, often with researchers working with the Library, are showing their Wiki-friendly faces with wonderful edit-a-thons, Wiki-bombs, Wiki masterclasses, etc. I wanted to get us in on that action. The initial idea with […] … learn more→

How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

This is part three of my series on academic book publishing. The aim of this series is to take you through the process of turning your PhD into a book – or perhaps writing a new book in the early part of your career. Not all academic disciplines are interested in book publishing and look […] … learn more→

Bilingualism: how to get your child to speak your language – and why it matters

Bilingualism: how to get your child to speak your language – and why it matters

Humans have been migrating since prehistoric times – moving within and beyond geographical borders – in search of food, for survival or for better prospects in life. In the European Union alone, the latest figures show that in 2016 more than 4m people immigrated to an EU country, while at least 3m emigrated and left an EU […] … learn more→

More college students expected to vote in 2018 midterms

More college students expected to vote in 2018 midterms

In order to gain insight into the role that college students might play in the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, The Conversation reached out to Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. Thomas predicts a higher voter turnout […] … learn more→

The predatory Art School

The predatory Art School

It’s no secret that the for-profit schools are doing the most harm to human beings via student loans…it’s such common knowledge that they are shedding students quickly, many have lost half or more of their students or shut down in the last five years. Now, the only reason these schools gained such infamy is our […] … learn more→

Online learning is a friend, not a foe, of traditional education

Online learning is a friend, not a foe, of traditional education

When we reflect on that grand philosophical question, what is the purpose of higher education, there are many answers we could offer. Part of the answer, however, must be that it is to prepare students for the world beyond university and the realities of the workplace. To its credit, the UK government recently announced a […] … learn more→