Monthly Archives: April 2018

Colleges struggle with belated attempt to make online ed legit

Colleges struggle with belated attempt to make online ed legit

Admin, addressing full time faculty: “We’re going to put more of our programs online, for more efficiency. I know we’re asking for a great deal of work from you, but you’ll be helping to build a great institution.” Admin, 6 months later: “Thank you for your hard work developing these courses. We’re going to hire […] … learn more→

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Going off to college might be a source of anxiety for some students, but once a student is on campus it shouldn’t be a total drag. But that tends to happen more frequently when a student ends up at a college where the student body is weaker academically overall than the one where the student […] … learn more→

Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students

I made the decision to commence a full-time PhD after ten years in the workforce. At the time, many people made encouraging comments such as, “you’ll be fine, you’re very organised.” While I appreciated their compliments, I didn’t share the same level of confidence. Although I worked with researchers every day as part of my […] … learn more→

6 ways to save money while running a manufacturing company

6 ways to save money while running a manufacturing company

A manufacturing business is often expensive to run. With specialized equipment to purchase, employees to pay, a plethora of materials needed, and so on, owners of these companies spend millions to keep their companies afloat. Saving money should be a priority for all business owners in this field. With six ways to do so, everyone […] … learn more→

Litigation and learning don’t mix

Litigation and learning don’t mix

Last month I was relieved to see a graduate who sued Oxford University over his failure to achieve a first-class honours degree have his claim dismissed by the high court. Faiz Siddiqui achieved a 2:1 degree at Brasenose College, but blamed inadequate teaching for the fact that he did not do better, and didn’t get […] … learn more→

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way. Some people can’t see differences in colours – so called colour blindness– due to a defect or absence of the cells in the retina that are sensitive to high levels of light: the cones. But […] … learn more→

Revolutionary Ed Tech: 4 online degrees that would benefit from incorporating AI & VR

Revolutionary Ed Tech: 4 online degrees that would benefit from incorporating AI & VR

The typical image of artificial intelligence (AI) & virtual reality (VR) conjured by many is a that of a gamer wearing a headset while immersed in an entertaining environment. However, the latest VR hardware and software delivers powerful learning resources for businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. This development gives students the opportunity to learn […] … learn more→

Can we really teach ‘Indigenizing’ courses online?

Can we really teach ‘Indigenizing’ courses online?

On April 16, Canadians — and internet users around the world — have the opportunity to participate in “Indigenous Canada,” a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through the University of Alberta and the Coursera consortium of online learning providers. Similar courses — for instance on “Reconciliation through Indigenous education” and “Aboriginal worldviews and education” — are […] … learn more→

Chicago Professors walkout to protest working conditions

Chicago Professors walkout to protest working conditions

Leftism, in its current representation, is nothing without hypocrisy, and today I want to focus on one aspect of this system of belief, namely socialism. Socialism is all about “power to the workers.” The most common worker on our campuses used to be, and should be, the professoriate, the people who actually do the teaching […] … learn more→

Stop treating students like customers and start working with them as partners in learning

Stop treating students like customers and start working with them as partners in learning

University is a big investment. Students want value for money because a future of debt is scary. But there is also a danger when we talk about higher education only in financial terms. It shifts the conversation away from how universities develop students as learners, thinkers, and future leaders. It turns students into customers. Perils […] … learn more→