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Why labour strife at universities should concern us all

Why labour strife at universities should concern us all

Universities are important public institutions. The education of students and the research undertaken on campuses have a broad impact throughout our economy and society. In Canada, a significant portion of university budgets also comes from government. In smaller cities and towns, universities are often among the largest employers in addition to serving as important community […] … learn more→

Free online courses could be a path to higher education in African countries but awareness is low

Free online courses could be a path to higher education in African countries but awareness is low

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the largest regions in the world and has the lowest rates of participation in higher education anywhere in the world. The World Bank reported in 2020 that only 9.4% of the region’s tertiary education age group is enrolled. The global average ratio is 38%. Education is a key catalyst of economic emancipation. Open […] … learn more→

Lots of people believe in Bigfoot and other pseudoscience claims – this course examines why

Lots of people believe in Bigfoot and other pseudoscience claims – this course examines why

Title of course “Psychology of Pseudoscience” What prompted the idea for the course? While teaching a course on research methods at the United States Air Force Academy, I concluded that the course needed a bigger emphasis on broad scientific reasoning skills. So I incorporated material about the difference between science – the systematic process of evidence-based […] … learn more→

How ChatGPT robs students of motivation to write and think for themselves

How ChatGPT robs students of motivation to write and think for themselves

When the company OpenAI launched its new artificial intelligence program, ChatGPT, in late 2022, educators began to worry. ChatGPT could generate text that seemed like a human wrote it. How could teachers detect whether students were using language generated by an AI chatbot to cheat on a writing assignment? As a linguist who studies the effects of technology on how people read, write and think, […] … learn more→

ChatGPT: students could use AI to cheat, but it’s a chance to rethink assessment altogether

ChatGPT: students could use AI to cheat, but it’s a chance to rethink assessment altogether

ChatGPT is a powerful language model developed by OpenAI that has the ability to generate human-like text, making it capable of engaging in natural language conversations. This technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we interact with computers, and it has already begun to be integrated into various industries. However, the implementation of ChatGPT in the field […] … learn more→

Preparing your College application

Preparing your College application

The time has come for you to prepare your College/University application. With the change to ‘test blind’ admissions this simply means that your college essay, traditionally a requirement of any college application,  is more important than ever. The future success of your life rests on your acceptance to the College/University of your choice that will […] … learn more→

New Zealand does not offer tenure to academics, but a recent employment dispute shows it’s more than a job perk

New Zealand does not offer tenure to academics, but a recent employment dispute shows it’s more than a job perk

Late last year, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) initiated a process to eliminate 170 academic jobs to cut costs. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found AUT’s approach breached its collective employment agreement with staff and their union and ordered it to withdraw the termination notices. The Employment Relations Authority has issued a compliance order to the university, requiring […] … learn more→

College students who work more hours are less likely to graduate

College students who work more hours are less likely to graduate

Students who work while enrolled in college are about 20% less likely to complete their degrees than similar peers who don’t work, a large and meaningful decrease in predicted graduation rates. Among those who do graduate, working students take an average 0.6 of a semester longer to finish. This is mainly because students who work […] … learn more→

As international students flock back, they face even worse housing struggles than before COVID

As international students flock back, they face even worse housing struggles than before COVID

Australia is welcoming back international students in much greater numbers this year. Some predict new enrolments in 2023 could even be higher than the pre-COVID record in 2019. Student visa applications in the second half of 2022 were up 40% on the same period in 2019. The downside is many of these students are likely to struggle to find […] … learn more→

The humanities should teach about how to make a better world, not just criticize the existing one

The humanities should teach about how to make a better world, not just criticize the existing one

This coming spring, a new group of students will think about choosing university majors when they apply to campuses across North America. In all likelihood, fewer of those students will choose humanities subjects — traditionally understood to include history, literature, philosophy, languages and the arts — as their major, than in past years. This is because of an […] … learn more→