Tag Archive | Higher Ed

The LSU Top 5 #58

This is the 58th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang – Alexandre Afonso The title stands alone on this one! Link Pets in the academic workplace – Times Higher Education If the purpose of […]

The LSU Top 5 #57

This is the 57th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Don’t Give Up on the Lecture – The Atlantic It’s difficult to go against the grain, especially when you’re labelled as out of touch and even arrogant or undemocratic […]

The LSU Top 5 #56

This is the 56th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) The King of MOOCs Abdicates the Throne – Slate It seems the hype over massive open online courses is being tempered. Two years ago, he was predicting that MOOCs […]

The LSU Top 5 #56

  This is the 56th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Typography Book Explores What It Feels Like To Have Dyslexia – Huffington Post Noticing that dyslexia education seemed entirely focused on helping dyslexics to read better, Sam Barclay […]

The LSU Top 5 #55

This is the 55th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) World’s top 100 universities for producing millionaires – Times Higher Education Here’s a league table that cuts straight to the chase: which university creates the most millionaires? Link Freshman […]

The LSU Top 5 #53

This is the 53rd of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Nick Brown Smelled BullNarratively

A plucky amateur dared to question a celebrated psychological finding. He wound up blowing the whole theory wide open.

A 50 year old first year part-time positive psychology Master’s student saw some maths that didn’t add up (so to speak) in a prominent paper. Cooperating with two academics, he wrote a detailed response that tore apart the paper’s findings. The resistance he and his collaborators encountered on the way and the total wrongness of the initial findings raise questions about just how much we should trust academic findings.

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Are we teaching ourselves our degree?The Guardian

University students are expected to learn independently. But where do their tuition fees go when their courses consists of little more than independent learning?

…guidelines should be put in place to ensure that all students receive adequate direct contact time. Interactive learning with successful academics cannot be replaced by independently learning from textbooks.

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The Decline of WikipediaMIT Technology Review

This article looks at some major problems that Wikipedia has faced in the past few years, and the prospects for solutions to turn things back around.

In their paper on those findings, the researchers suggest updating Wikipedia’s motto, “The encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” Their version reads: “The encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit.”

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Universities told to strictly examine lecturers’ degreesVietnam Net

There have been several cases of counterfeit degrees being used to apply for lectureships in Vietnam. It seems the shortage of lecturers results in lowering requirements for candidates and substandard procedures in checking the authenticity of their profiles.

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Welcome, Freshmen. You Don’t Deserve to Be Here.The Chronicle of Higher Education

This is an imaginary convocation speech to Stanford University first year students that in no uncertain terms puts them in their place, telling them that admission doesn’t necessarily make them worthy of the university.

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The LSU Top 5 #51

We missed last week, but we’re back with the 51st of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

SparkNotesExploring the Matrix

I’m pretty open about the fact that summaries, like those on Wikipedia, are a decent place to start researching. This article does a good job of explaining why reading should never stop (and maybe not even start) there.

It is the very experience of reading great literature that is the point of university courses which assign such texts for you to read. Tests that ask about details in readings are means to ensure reading is done and to evaluate comprehension. But the details asked about on the test are not the point. The reading itself is the point.

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Don’t be that dude: Handy tips for the male academicTenure She Wrote

The title says it all. There are some new things for me here so it’s worth a read and some thought.

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Graduate school vice chancellor found plagiarizing PhD thesisTuoi Tre

The PhD and professorship might be revoked from Hoang Xuan Que, vice president of the School of Banking and Finance, after it was found that his PhD was ~30% plagiarised.

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Top 5 major economies with “corrupt” education systemsTimes Higher Education

The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 for G20 major economies shows that the Mexican, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian and Russian education systems are, in increasing order, most corrupt. The report suggests that the lower public investment in the higher education system facilitates corruption worldwide.

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The Predator Press ScamWriting Wrongs

 This article describes a scam in which students are flattered with offers to publish their work. The only catch is that the dodgy publications will offer no credibility to their work or their CV, they’ll lose the rights to their work, and the student will see none of the potential financial returns.

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We love hearing your thoughts on these articles, so feel free to comment below!

The LSU Top 5 #49

This is the 49th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) ‘Parents, don’t overrate your children,’ says seasoned educator – Tuoi Tre The high school principal gave some excellent advice to his students’ parents in this […]

The LSU Top 5 #48

This is the 48th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Colleges’ Role Shouldn’t End at Graduation – The Chronicle of Higher Education With the transition from university to the workforce longer and often more complex […]

The LSU Top 5 #47

This is the 47th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Go Ahead, Mess with Texas Instruments – The Atlantic The TI-83 Plus programmable graphing calculator proved to be one of the most subversive educational instruments […]

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