Monthly Archives: February 2020

Confessions of a former digital champion

Confessions of a former digital champion

My university email account got hacked last week. It happened at 10:00 in the morning. I was still in bed. Thankfully, several colleagues were awake and at their computers. Ten minutes after the attack a phishing email had been reported and my account closed down. Nevertheless, emails purportedly in my name had found their way […] … learn more→

Chinese students offer the West an unrivalled learning opportunity

Chinese students offer the West an unrivalled learning opportunity

With the coronavirus monopolising headlines across the globe, the huge numbers of Chinese students at Western universities has once again come into public focus. In the UK, 130,000 Chinese students were admitted in 2019, up from 110,000 in 2018. Application data indicate that the figure may well rise even higher in the coming year. Accommodating […] … learn more→

Trump’s big bet on career and technical education

Trump’s big bet on career and technical education

President Donald Trump has proposed one of the largest increases in funding for career and technical education in recent history. As a education policy researcher who studies the economic and employment impact of career and technical education in high school, I believe this proposal has a lot of potential to open up new job opportunities, especially for students who […] … learn more→

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are designed to loosely mimic how brains compute. We have learned a lot about the nature of neural computation from these artificial brains […] … learn more→

Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them

Schools should heed calls to do lockdown drills without traumatizing kids instead of abolishing them

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, an advocacy group, has joined with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Educators Association, the nation’s two biggest teachers unions, to produce a report on lockdown drills in schools. The report calls for drastic changes in how these drills are conducted today. They say that drills shouldn’t be a surprise, […] … learn more→

Bad behaviourism: analysing a psychological phenomenon

Bad behaviourism: analysing a psychological phenomenon

In 1920, psychologist John Watson described his infamous experiments on an infant in a bid to show that the human mind is a blank slate. A hundred years on, Antonio Melechi examines the rise and fall of behaviourism, and the utopian – or dystopian – reflexes that it conditione “Give me a dozen infants…and my own specified world to […] … learn more→

The critical look of the digital humanities

The critical look of the digital humanities

From time to time the Universia portal shows how the careers of the future are completely crossed by digital technology: data analyst, cybersecurity specialists, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence… they are part of a neutral tone list and infographic, although crossed by The concept of technoscience. Science and research at the service of technology and the future as much […] … learn more→

Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills – but could this be changing?

Girls consistently outperform boys in reading skills – but could this be changing?

Girls consistently outperform boys on reading tests – and have done so for several decades around the world. Lack of motivation, a weak vocabulary, poor reading engagement and lack of role models have all been considered possible reasons for this disparity. But results from recent global student assessments, known as PISA, suggests the global reading gap is closing. […] … learn more→

Don’t ‘just Google it’: 3 ways students can get the most from searching online

Don’t ‘just Google it’: 3 ways students can get the most from searching online

Searching online has many educational benefits. For instance, one study found students who used advanced online search strategies also had higher grades at university. But spending more time online does not guarantee better online skills. Instead, a student’s ability to successfully search online increases with guidance and explicit instruction. Young people tend to assume they are already competent searchers. Their teachers and parents often assume this too. […] … learn more→

Precarity has a long hangover

Precarity has a long hangover

In November, 60 UK universities took part in eight days of industrial strike action, with thousands of staff walking out over disputes related to pensions, pay and working conditions. Another 14 days of action are scheduled for this month and next. Casualisation of the university workforce was a key theme, with union members keen to stress not […] … learn more→