Monthly Archives: July 2017

Academic writing: how to stay afloat

Academic writing: how to stay afloat

How do successful academics write, and how do they learn to write? What are their daily routines, their formative experiences, their habits of mind? What emotions do they associate with their academic writing? And where do they find the “air and light and time and space”, as the poet Charles Bukowski put it, to get […] … learn more→

Optimism about US international student numbers is misplaced

Optimism about US international student numbers is misplaced

At the recent annual conference of Nafsa: Association of International Educators in Los Angeles, many leaders in the field of internationalisation emphasised that global solidarity would remain despite US president Donald Trump’s “America first” stance and his curbs on travel and immigration from certain countries. They insisted that talk of deep declines in foreign student […] … learn more→

When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

While we often hear about the negative impact social media has on children, the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Children use it in a wide variety of ways – some of which are adding value to their lives. There are risks associated with social media use. But […] … learn more→

How much do you really understand about the peer-review process?

How much do you really understand about the peer-review process?

Every research-active academic is familiar with the process of peer review. Certainly, there are differences between disciplines, and debates over double-blind, single-blind and open (in all its different forms) continue to rage. But, fundamentally, most academics with whom I speak hold up peer review as the “gold standard” to which we should subject work. Yet, […] … learn more→

How to start podcasting your research

How to start podcasting your research

As you can tell, I love this work. So much so that I started a second podcast on the side called “You’ve Got This” for higher education professionals wanting to increase their confidence and capacity for dealing with the day-to-day demands of academia. Rather than an interview podcast, this is a solo show that usually […] … learn more→

Online Ed = Bad for bad students

Online Ed = Bad for bad students

For decades, there’s been a constant push to bring coursework online. From an administrative point of view, online courses are wonderful: almost no overhead, a worldwide market, and possibly infinite class size. The big expense is you need an educator to run (note: I don’t use the word “teach”) the course, but you can use […] … learn more→

#co-editing – getting the proposal together

#co-editing – getting the proposal together

I’ve had a look. it’s true. There is actually very little written about co-editing. So it’s not surprising that I’ve been asked to write something about it. Here goes. It might be helpful to begin with a few important basics … starting from when you first think about doing the book or special issue together. […] … learn more→

Ten trends transforming international student mobility

Ten trends transforming international student mobility

Considering the state of political and economic affairs these days, it’s easy to throw up your hands in frustration when trying to figure out what study choices international students will make. The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released findings indicating an overall 2 per cent decline in international undergraduate admissions yield for surveyed US institutions […] … learn more→