Seize the global day @timeshighered #altc2011

We live in a connected global environment, Graeme Harper says, so why does the sector act like it's 1911, not 2011? A really interesting post, which identifies with the paper that John Naughton gave at ALTC2011. Is the HE sector in danger of making itself redundant? In higher education, you would think this would often determine our activities and institutions' formal policies regarding teaching and research. Given that the sector is meant to be the…

Meet and greet: bridging the academic/cultural divide

Matthew Reisz on an ESRC-funded seminar series aiming for closer links between arts and education At a time when both cultural institutions and the study of the humanities and social sciences face an uncertain future in the wake of government funding cuts, there is much to be gained from dialogue between academics, artists and curators. That is the central premise of New Perspectives on Education and Culture, a seminar series funded by the Economic and…

Don't be afraid to share @timeshighered

Social media allow users to share information about themselves and their interests. Sarah Cunnane examines their role in the academy Do "too many tweets make a twat", as David Cameron maintains? Are social media becoming an increasingly useful and powerful force in higher education, or, as Bill Gates predicts, will they cause the death of the academy? The experts seem to be divided not only on social media's future, but also on their present in…