Disciplinary tribalism ‘is stifling creativity’ @timeshighered

One thing I did gain from being involved in the creation of CIDRA (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts) was a real enthusiasm for breaking the disciplinary boundaries - and as someone who has taught across a number of subjects (most noticeably History and Media Studies, but also Digital specialisms, American Studies...) this is an article of concern: Are students being short-changed by a narrow approach to learning? Matthew Reisz reports Although the division…

The impact of lecture capture on student performance @UOBETT

I have just received an email from the ALT list, from Dr John Couperthwaite, Manager of the Educational Technology Team (Uni of Birmingham), who is undertaking research into the impact of lecture capture on student performance. He notes "As with many educational studies, there is a significant degree of variability in the results no doubt as a result of differing methodological approaches and other extraneous factors", but that there is a growing field of research,…

Publishing in a Digital World

There has been much jitteriness among publishers and academic authors of late as both parties grapple with the consequences of digital and cultural change. Speaking at the Modern Language Association of America's annual convention in Los Angeles earlier this year, Leslie Mitchner, of Rutgers University Press, pointed out that new technologies are giving scholars ever more opportunities for research. A project to digitise the entire contents of the Vatican Library, for example, will make reams…

'Paint the dream' in Chinese characters @timeshighered

Reach would-be students via made-in-China sites, UK institutions are advised. Sarah Cunnane writes Social media are still relatively new concepts to most universities, although increasing numbers are using sites such as Facebook to market themselves to prospective students. However, if institutions in the UK want to make the most of such tools to lure fee-paying students from China, they will have to become more sophisticated in their approach. That was the message at a conference…
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