Chinese Politeness & Education

A really interesting piece about the culture in Chinese universities: Respect, in this instance, simply means having regard for those who know more than them. In the West, putting intellectual pressure on students can be dubbed “bullying”; here in China, they expect you to expect the best of them. In fact, most of my students are highly competitive, keen to demonstrate their aptitude for learning as well as their attitude to learning. It is a…

Ever met your ‘student nemesis’?

A challenging piece ... more than those "difficult" students that we all have ... what about the 'student nemesis'? I know. You think that there’s no such thing as a worst student - only more or less challenging ones. You think that only professors who don’t care about their students have worsts and bests. You’d be wrong, but the mistake is an honest one. In truth, academics who don’t care about their students or about…

Plagiarism

Means to combat plagiarism? Technology? Learning? What is likely to be more successful: David Matthews reports on debate about whether claiming students' IP rights could halt plagiarism A senior figure at Oxford Brookes University has suggested taking control of undergraduates' intellectual property rights to stop them selling their essays on the internet. John Francis, director of research and business development, said that the market in essays was "quite difficult to control" and that the university…

National Student Survey: Aim for Satisfaction?

There's a lot of debate that I overhear about the value of the National Student Survey, feedback forms, etc. Which parts of those should we use to decide how we work with students, and in which areas do lecturers know better... Stefan Collini definitely thinks tutor knows best: On the face of it, "student satisfaction" sounds like a good idea: who would want universities full of morose, miserable students? But Stefan Collini, professor of English…

What do students want from University?

Encouraging to see that students aren't picking just on cost, but are looking for a wider idea of what offers "value": Almost a quarter of all students have changed their thinking on where to attend university owing to higher tuition fees, according to a new study of applicants. That proportion rose to more than a third of those from poorer backgrounds with lower predicted grades, a survey of prospective students by university marketing advisers OpinionPanel…