Hoax History?

Interesting use of digital media, including the weaknesses in Wikipedia, to set up hoax histories: Lying About the Past course aims to teach students method and scepticism. Jon Marcus reports It was while watching his 10-year-old son in class one day that T. Mills Kelly thought of a new way to teach history to undergraduates at George Mason University in Virginia. Asked to answer questions about the American Civil War, the children "threw themselves down…

What about the publishers?

Fascinating information about the place of publishers in a digital age: In recent weeks, academic publishers have been accused of everything from unfairly raising costs to presiding over a sector-wide monopoly of Genghis Khan proportions. But the greatest charge laid against us is that we are becoming, or have become, obsolete. One could argue that there might be a point here. We don't write what we publish. Much production work is outsourced. Often it is…

Avoid plagiarism? Allow unfettered internet access! (echoes @mwesch)

As I remember Michael Wesch saying in a presentation I saw on YouTube, it's not about making students "knowledgeable", it's about making them "knowledge-able"... able to use resources well... and to tackle the mass of information they have to deal with, contextualise it and use it well! Novel Scandinavian strategy to tackle cheating is 'no soft option'. Sarah Cunnane reports A Danish university has adopted an unusual strategy to tackle cheating: allowing unfettered internet access,…

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…