Monthly Archives: January 2018

Comedy in the classroom? How improv can promote literacy

Comedy in the classroom? How improv can promote literacy

Since its first entry on the comedy scene in the 1950s, improvisational comedy, otherwise know as improv, has changed the world of comedy. In his book Improv Nation, Sam Wasson audaciously proclaims that improv has “replaced jazz as America’s most popular art form.” Adding to this declaration, New York Times writer Jason Zinoman describes the ascent of improv as “one […] … learn more→

A book from blog posts?

A book from blog posts?

Maybe you have been harbouring secret thoughts about getting a book from those blog posts that you’ve been writing. I think about it too, occasionally, as patter is now several books worth of words. Well, before you take the plunge, it’s worth just thinking about blogging and book writing. What do they have in common? […] … learn more→

How technology can help meet the challenges of two-year degrees

How technology can help meet the challenges of two-year degrees

As Phil Baty’s recent blog makes clear, there is huge range of opinion in the UK higher education sector about the government’s wish to see more universities offering accelerated degrees. To their proponents, they provide students, particularly mature students with existing work experience, with an opportunity to save on living costs and enter the labour market […] … learn more→

Tech diplomacy: cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

Tech diplomacy: cities drive a new era of digital policy and innovation

France recently appointed a tech ambassador to the Silicon Valley. French President Emmanuel Macron named David Martinon as “ambassador for digital affairs”, with jurisdiction over the digital issues that the foreign affairs ministry deals with. This includes digital governance, international negotiations and support for digital companies’ export operations. The appointment is part of France’s international digital […] … learn more→

Campus crime supported by admin

Campus crime supported by admin

Our “leaders” in higher ed have focused on growth over all things, and many of our colleges have student bases to rival small towns. Now, concentrating tens of thousands of young people into a small area, funding them through the student loan scam, and not providing any sort of discipline or structure (since doing so […] … learn more→

If you thought colleges making the SAT optional would level the playing field, think again

If you thought colleges making the SAT optional would level the playing field, think again

When colleges and universities began to make the SAT an optional part of the admissions process, the hope was that it would expand access to the nation’s most selective institutions to groups that had historically been shut out. The reality is – at least at selective liberal arts colleges – the decision by a growing number of […] … learn more→

‘Publish or perish’ is perverse without an effective publishing system

‘Publish or perish’ is perverse without an effective publishing system

Making publication criteria a key requirement for academic promotion in Pakistan was always going to throw up problems. First, it took its inevitable toll on teaching, with ambitious scholars becoming more intent on churning out papers. The biggest rewards are reserved for those who publish in so-called high-impact international journals. Such a policy has well-known […] … learn more→

Shining a light on award letters that leave students in the dark

Shining a light on award letters that leave students in the dark

Imagine making one of the biggest purchases in your life and having no idea what the price is. You walk into a car dealership, for example, excited to purchase a new car. You test drive a few cars and select the one that you think is the best fit, but instead of then being told […] … learn more→