“Good Works” = “Academic Citizenship”

The realities of academic life - more than research and teaching ... and incredibly difficult with short-term funding/contracts For Mary Evans, centennial professor at LSE’s Gender Institute, the rewards of fully engaging in these diverse areas of academic life have been personal and political. “For many women of my generation it was very important to construct networks within the academy, hence motivation for ‘citizenship’ was very much about establishing a ‘voice’,” she says, adding that…

"Born into a second life"

Some interesting thoughts here re 'digital natives': In my field, we are accustomed to rehearsing all the usual anxieties about threats to material book culture: we lament the loss of research skills, we worry about deserted archives and lost arts of palaeography. We champion independent booksellers over Kindles, and heatedly debate the merits of open access publishing. In our wider culture, we are nostalgic for elegant penmanship, we issue apocalyptic cautions about diminished attention spans,…

#FollowFriday: Using Twitter in Learning

Interesting story in THE, with Rosie Miles, who I heard from at Winchester in the past: Dr Miles used Twitter, she said, as a kind of “ludic learning” tool, allowing students to connect with Victorian literature in a very 21st-century way. Students adopted Twitter personas based on fictional characters: Dr Jekyll became @Doubleface1886, while Dracula’s enemy Van Helsing could be found at @Istakevamps, and Dorian Gray at @Consciencefree1. The role play allowed students to connect with…

#DigitalParenting Book Extract re Screentime FAO @TheJeremyVine #R2ScreenWeek

Having featured on Steve Wright's show last year, I've listened to Radio 2 a lot more. This week @TheJeremyVine has been speaking about digital/social media  culture - an area that I both work in, and am passionately interested in, and particularly whether we spend too long online. So, I'm sharing a bit of my book Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst to add to the conversation (p176-178): Recommended screen time Ever…

[Conference Abstract] MediaLit: Engaging Faith and Media in a Digital Age #ECSM15

Keywords: Social Media, Learning and Teaching, Mature Learners, Digital Age, CPD MediaLit is a week-long conference held at St John’s College (Durham), designed for those training for Christian leadership and those already engaged in Christian ministry. The course explores Christian ministry and the media, encouraging media literacy amongst those who (will) hold public positions within and related to the Christian church. This intensive conference, deliberately kept small, has attracted 18-30 delegates per year since 2010,…
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