The College cargo cult

The College cargo cult

As the student loan debt is now getting closer to 2 trillion dollars than 1 trillion dollars1, it’s time to consider how it happened. “Cargo Cult” refers to religious splinter groups that kept forming among the stone-age tribes in the Pacific as they encountered modern civilization, during the 20th century. The best book to discuss […] … learn more→

Robot teachers won’t replace us

Robot teachers won’t replace us

While some of my esteemed colleagues are heralding the imminent arrival of robot teachers, stating that current advances will bring “the greatest revolution in education since the printing press”, I have to disagree. This is not because I am a latent technophobe. Regent’s University London, for example, is currently investigating the very latest assistive technologies, including how […] … learn more→

6 tips for protecting personally identifiable Information

6 tips for protecting personally identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is unique information used to identify individuals. PII includes contact information such as phone numbers and addresses or more private information such as a Social Security numbers. For most people the amount of PII found online isn’t worrisome. If you do an online search of your name, you might see […] … learn more→

Five ways ancient India changed the world – with maths

Five ways ancient India changed the world – with maths

It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances were made in […] … learn more→

Increased melon crop yields from greenhouse cultivation

Increased melon crop yields from greenhouse cultivation

Studies of five melon varieties reveal increased yield statistics by using pruning and tutoring Following a study conducted by a known trellising net manufacturer in collaboration with the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, the quality of melon crops can be greatly enhanced by using greenhouse cultivation methods, resulting in greater yields per hectare of up to […] … learn more→

A kind word is too rarely heard

A kind word is too rarely heard

My career has been divided between school and university teaching: in both I made late discoveries. I’d been a teacher of English in high schools for almost 20 years before it became clear to me that the most significant component of what I was doing with my students was what I call “making meaning”. Each […] … learn more→

Guilty, as charged

Guilty, as charged

I’ve been thinking about guilt lately. Academic guilt. And why I seem to feel it – a lot. The most recent guilt ridden occasion was just last weekend. The week before I’d been away for four days at a conference. I’d left home at 5 am on Tuesday and arrived back at 2 30 am […] … learn more→

College student as serf

College student as serf

Confessions of a College Dean is a surprisingly popular blog, as he never really confesses to anything. I’ve known a few Deans that were downright criminal. I’ve shown many an upper level administrator engaging in morally reprehensible acts that, even if the Dean didn’t perform the acts as well, at least looked the other way. […] … learn more→

Too much information? More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two

Too much information? More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two

A toddler with birthday cake smeared across his face, grins delightedly at his mother. Minutes later, the image appears on Facebook. A not uncommon scenario – 42% of UK parents share photos of their children online with half of these parents sharing photos at least once a month. Welcome to the world of “sharenting” – […] … learn more→

University education makes you a better citizen

University education makes you a better citizen

We often think about what young people can expect to gain from university, or what universities contribute to society. But it’s not often that we talk about how higher education can change society beyond the shaping of individuals. As tuition fees rise, and universities are cast in increasingly intense competition for students and staff, their […] … learn more→