History and Educational Technology (@oliverquinlan)

As someone who works in educational technology, and with a first degree/PhD in history, very interesting blog post: People I meet in education are often surprised to learn that my undergraduate degree was not in technology, or anything related to ICT. In fact, I spent three years at Sheffield University studying History, particularly early modern social history. Having moved into a career based on education and technology, it would be easy for me to dismiss…

Thou shalt not sit on fences

It's been fascinating to watch the debates from #occupylsx, etc. as Malcolm Gillies calls for academia to follow the churches lead in debating ethics. Academia must follow the Church's lead in debating ethics, says Malcolm Gillies We love to hate the Church of England. Born dubiously amid Henry VIII's many wives, it seems ever since to have been in search of its own justification. In recent weeks, as the Occupy people have been camping by…

Breaking the News Mould @timeshighered

The fragile balance between journalism and academia: Journalism with academic analysis can create material with impact - but will the REF consider it? asks John Mair Imagine that you are a cub reporter sent out to a story about an equine accident by your news editor. You get to the scene, the horse has bolted, the stable door is open, and all you have left to report is dirty straw. This would not cut the…

Remaining 'switched on' in a digital age

Even in the web age, academic get-togethers remain relevant, says Alice Bell There's a lot of talk about the ways in which digital communication might help academics talk to each other and find new ways to connect with those outside the academy, too. Much as I find this incredibly exciting, I'd like to speak up for the humble seminar. I don't mean seminars run as part of taught courses: I mean the departmental seminar, the…

So last century (@timeshighered)

So, is University about preparing students for work, or does it have a higher purpose? Either way does it work in the 21st Century environment? About 100 years ago, higher education restructured to meet the needs of the industrial age. It has changed little since, even as the internet has transformed life. Another revolution is needed, says Cathy Davidson, to modernise universities and prepare graduates for a 21st-century working environment Several times each week, well-groomed…