Monthly Archives: November 2020

California vetoed ethnic studies requirements for public high school students, but the movement grows

California vetoed ethnic studies requirements for public high school students, but the movement grows

California Gov. Gavin Newsom surprised many supporters in his state earlier this fall when he vetoed a bill that would have required public high school students to take ethnic studies. The move was unexpected as, just a few weeks earlier, the state had made ethnic studies mandatory for the California State University system. Furthermore, in 2016 the state passed […] … learn more→

Kids as young as 3 years old think YouTube is better for learning than other types of video

Kids as young as 3 years old think YouTube is better for learning than other types of video

Young kids believe that YouTube videos are better for learning than TV shows or videos created on a researcher’s smartphone. They also view people in YouTube videos to be more real than those on TV but less real than those featured in a researcher-created smartphone video. These are the major findings from a pre-COVID-19 study conducted in […] … learn more→

US colleges need help, but Biden may not be able to deliver

US colleges need help, but Biden may not be able to deliver

Faced with a president and a political party that seem to stand against everything they believe in, most American college leaders and professors went all-in on Joe Biden. But now that Biden has won the presidency, can American higher education get its head above water? Coronavirus has been an obvious body blow, but colleges were […] … learn more→

5 tips for improving docker container management

5 tips for improving docker container management

Docker isn’t a simple platform. It has many things to be learned around it. At the same time, it’s very versatile and offers tons of options. That’s a good thing if you know what you’re doing, but if you still haven’t mastered the platform, you might have issues. Still, this is the most popular container […] … learn more→

5 tips to help with mass hiring

5 tips to help with mass hiring

If you think about it, Mass Hiring is nothing difficult. Companies hire a lot of people every year. Similarly, new businesses need to hire a whole bunch of people when they are just starting. But the problem arises when the timeframe for mass hiring is relatively short. Companies who weren’t anticipating a mass hiring need […] … learn more→

How to be an anti-racist academic

How to be an anti-racist academic

Many higher education institutions have reacted to the killing of George Floyd earlier this year by pledging to do more to redress racial inequities at all levels of their organisation, from the classroom to the president’s office. Yet how can we be sure that this change moves beyond superficial fixes to true, sustainable cultural shifts? […] … learn more→

Opportunities to practice real-life philanthropy bring academic benefits

Opportunities to practice real-life philanthropy bring academic benefits

A crisis shelter for battered women. A nonprofit that provides wigs and makeup for breast cancer patients. An organization that helps parents of children addicted to heroin. All three of these groups have benefited from US$2,000 grants made by college students who participate in an unusual hands-on philanthropy program. The program – which embeds aspects […] … learn more→

No one escaped COVID’s impacts, but big fall in tertiary enrolments was 80% women. Why?

No one escaped COVID’s impacts, but big fall in tertiary enrolments was 80% women. Why?

The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been so profound, particularly for women, that it threatens to upend the progress on gender equality in recent years. During the lockdown, women were doing more of the unpaid labour – care and housework. They were also more exposed to the risks of coronavirus either as essential workers or working in […] … learn more→

Times are bleak but don’t despair – just do stuff and meet people

Times are bleak but don’t despair – just do stuff and meet people

I’ve never heard good career news in science and academia. Even before the pandemic, every few years, the Arts Faculty of a major university would shed a huge number of jobs. Australian scientists would be subject to periodic funding cuts or reforms that frequently promise to create a “lost generation of scientists”. As another round of funding cuts looms, this time triggered by the […] … learn more→