Loopholes in MLA writing guide you should use to save writing time

Loopholes in MLA writing guide you should use to save writing time

It is commonly known that writing an academic paper in higher educational institutions consists of many different stages besides the actual writing: researching, planning, outlining, proofreading, and formatting. The last one can’t be called the most favorite part of students because even trying their best to follow the citation style guidelines, they often make mistakes. […] … learn more→

Why accountability efforts in higher education often fail

Why accountability efforts in higher education often fail

As the price tag of a college education continues to rise along with questions about academic quality, skepticism about the value of a four-year college degree has grown among the American public. This has led both the federal government and many state governments to propose new accountability measures that seek to spur colleges to improve […] … learn more→

Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here’s why

Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here’s why

Demands for improving online safety continue to capture headlines, often for the worst reasons.. While this outcry has signalled renewed interest in “stamping out” cyberbullying and reinvigorated health and wellbeing protocols for young people, interventions continue to fall behind the fast-paced development of communication devices and the take-up of new social media by teenagers. The […] … learn more→

Work experience should be a job requirement for academics

Work experience should be a job requirement for academics

As head of professional development at a research-intensive university in Hong Kong, it is part of my job to prepare professors as well as possible to, in turn, prepare their students for the future. One widely discussed problem is that, in the midst of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution – the age of robots and […] … learn more→

Why school leaders fake academic success

Why school leaders fake academic success

At the beginning of each school year, before the students arrived, teachers from every school in the Atlanta Public Schools district were placed on school buses and taken to the old Georgia Dome. We were not organized by alphabetical order, or even by elementary, middle or high school. Instead, all schools were organized by their […] … learn more→

Seven climate change myths that big oil continues to perpetuate

Seven climate change myths that big oil continues to perpetuate

In the last month alone, major players within the fossil fuel industry – “big oil” – have made some big announcements regarding climate change. BP revealed plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by acquiring additional renewable energy companies. Royal Dutch Shell defended its US$1-US$2 billion green energy annual budget. Even ExxonMobil, until recently relatively dismissive of the basic science […] … learn more→

Your biggest asset for academic career success? A growth mindset

Your biggest asset for academic career success? A growth mindset

Is your latest career success testimony to your no doubt commendable talents? Connecting career achievements to ability seems obvious – and crucial in today’s competitive academic environment. Yet we would argue that we are often blind to the connections between ourselves and our work, and seriously underestimate the influence that our mindset has over career […] … learn more→

Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – and nor is any other science fiction

Why Altered Carbon is not about the future – and nor is any other science fiction

The hopes and dreams of the technological movement known as “transhumanism” have been brought into the media spotlight thanks to Netflix’s new science fiction series, Altered Carbon (based on Richard Morgan’s 2001 novel). Transhumanists believe that our species will soon undergo a technological evolution into a new and superior form. While there is no single template for transhumanism’s imagined future, […] … learn more→

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

Joining the dots: why education is key to preserving the planet

The evidence is clear: education changes lives, in ways that are often not fully understood. For instance, quality education can help you live a longer, healthier life. This is because education equips you to approach health on a rational, informed basis stripped of superstition. Your own education can benefit others’ health, too: research from Malawi […] … learn more→

When is it ‘enough’?

When is it ‘enough’?

I have worked exclusively with PhD students for over a decade now. I have clocked up the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell says you need to be an expert, so I hereby declare myself an expert in the problems of research education. One sign that you can genuinely claim the title of ‘expert’ is when you […] … learn more→