Monthly Archives: October 2020

Rethinking education in times of  COVID-19

Rethinking education in times of COVID-19

The current educational model is in crisis due to the health emergency of COVID-19. A remote education responds in these times integrating virtual learning, distance learning, learning at home and innovative pedagogies as emerging pedagogies. Today there is a local and planetary crisis due to the coronavirus health emergency. It would seem that uncertainty and economic recession […] … learn more→

Wage theft and casual work are built into university business models

Wage theft and casual work are built into university business models

The COVID crisis has exposed the destructive consequences of an over-reliance on casual labour across the economy. Australian universities provide one of the clearest examples of this. For the past two decades, universities have leaned into international student fees on the revenue side and casual workers on the expense side. This approach effectively shifted the risks of the international […] … learn more→

Why do people work more and better telework?

Why do people work more and better telework?

In France, until the current health crisis, teleworking was relatively little practiced compared to other Western countries. Yet, teleworking has been shown to have a positive impact not only on the performance of companies and organizations, but also on sustainability and well-being. Teleworking improves working comfort , as well as travel conditions and times. Teleworking is the victim of many prejudices and clichés . It would isolate demotivated […] … learn more→

Collaborative editing for convivial and inclusive global scholarship

Collaborative editing for convivial and inclusive global scholarship

Recently, both of us have been doing a lot of co-writing and co-editing, and it seems to us that quite a bit of discussion can be found on collaborative writing (for example this advice on collaborating and co-authoring, this checklist to enable effective management of co-authoring, and this review of the challenges and potential pitfalls of the trend […] … learn more→

Top reasons online learning is the future of education

Top reasons online learning is the future of education

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will admit that the concept of traditional education has drastically changed in the last few years. With the advent of technology and the internet, the idea of online education has penetrated every part of the world. Luckily, with the web being omnipresent, you have access to […] … learn more→

Of publications past, present and future

Of publications past, present and future

(cough) I know you’re there. Turn on the microphone. And the camera. We’ve got time before the meeting starts to have a bit of a chat. I’ve got good news, he’s not coming. (pause) There we are. Can you hear me? Yes? OK. … So who’s not coming? Him. You know – he who sits on […] … learn more→

How creative use of technology may have helped save schooling during the pandemic

How creative use of technology may have helped save schooling during the pandemic

It is estimated around half the world’s students’ schools remain shut down. All told, this has been a potentially damaging disruption to the education of a generation. But one of the few positive outcomes from this experience is an opportunity to rethink how digital technologies can be used to support teaching and learning in schools. Our collective […] … learn more→

Critical race theory is a methodology, not an ideology

Critical race theory is a methodology, not an ideology

Black History Month always produces a charged debate about who is and who is not privileged, whether that’s in the histories we teach, the stories we write or the people we hire. This year, critical race theory is being attacked by right-wing politicians in the UK and the US as anti-capitalist, radical propaganda. But critical […] … learn more→

Business schools must stop teaching the oxymoron of green growth

Business schools must stop teaching the oxymoron of green growth

It did not take long for business schools to be dubbed the “academies of the apocalypse” after the 2008 global financial crisis. In their famous 2009 paper, “The roots of the global financial crisis are in our business schools”, Robert Giacalone and Donald Wargo claimed that the crash resulted from the “cult of profit maximization […] … learn more→

Hybrid open access risks limiting researchers’ publishing options

Hybrid open access risks limiting researchers’ publishing options

This week’s announcement that scientists who publish in the Nature journals will be able to make their papers freely available online marks another significant step on the journey towards what we hope will be full open access. However, the move also underlines that the bulk of open access (OA) budgets continue to be spent on […] … learn more→