Catching up on #Wikileaks #Cablegate

Is it justified? Should a newspaper disclose virtually all a nation's secret diplomatic communication, illegally downloaded by one of its citizens? The reporting in the Guardian of the first of a selection of 250,000 US state department cables marks a recasting of modern diplomacy. Clearly, there is no longer such a thing as a safe electronic archive, whatever computing's snake-oil salesmen claim. No organisation can treat digitised communication as confidential. An electronic secret is a…

Some people only understand things in monetary terms…

The decision to virtually eliminate public funding for university teaching in England appears to imply that the benefits of studying for a degree are almost entirely private. But a campaign calling for recognition of the public value of higher study is gathering momentum, with academics from across the globe challenging the fundamental shift in university funding. At the Universities and their Regional Impacts: Making a Difference to the Economy and Society conference in Edinburgh last…

Achieving Critical Mass @timeshighered

"Almost 70 years after Edward Glaser conducted the first official study on critical thinking, we are still a long way from realising it in the typical university classroom. Glaser argued for the importance of critical thinking in education. Critical thinking, according to him, "calls for persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends". It requires…

Going PaperLess in Meetings #iPad

Today, at a meeting that I regularly go to, I decided to go 'paperless'. The papers for the committee had already been emailed to me (rather than the usual internal post, which can be hard for me to get as I'm only in 2 days a week), and so were accessible via my email online.Some thoughts: I had a choice whether to open them as non-editable from the email or open them in other Apps…
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