Value in a PhD?

An interesting piece on the 'value' and employability of a PhD Who would do a PhD? Who would willingly submit to spending endless hours, over three or four years, in the laboratory or library, racked by self-doubt and money worries, in preparation for a career for which vacancies were never more oversubscribed? ... But do doctoral students really feel prepared for life beyond the ivory tower? And how ready are they to embrace it? Here,…

Twitter and blogs are not add-ons to research

The importance of social media as part of the 'impact agenda' within Higher Education: If scholars continue to have “small (vociferous) conversations amongst ourselves, in professional seminars and at conferences”, then they will soon “lose [their] place in the broader social dialogue”, says the blog, which is also published on the London School of Economics’ Impact of Social Sciences platform. “If there is a ‘crisis’ in the humanities, it lies in how we have our public…

Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, by Susan Greenfield

A review by Tara Brabazon: Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist with a high media profile, and this, her latest book, is aimed at the “general” (Daily Mail) reader. The accompanying publicity material refers to Greenfield as a “professional neuroscientist”. This adjective must be reassuring. An “amateur neuroscientist” would be a problem. Greenfield built her academic career on the study of dementia rather than digitisation, but this latter focus has now become a “professional” fixation. The…

Group Work: Not Pulling Your Weight?

I'm really interested in group dynamics (see mini project undertaken as part of PGCLTHE), so an interesting case study here: “Academically ambitious students contribute to moving the average up – unenthusiastic students and shirkers do just the opposite,” he added. Indeed, some hard-working students may even defect to “the dark side” of the slackers if they saw their classmates getting away with minimal effort, he continued. To combat this problem, students were offered the chance…

Wikipedia of Value in Teaching?

Interesting insights into how Wikipedia can be used for teaching: The opportunities and challenges of integrating Wikipedia into higher education formed a central strand of the tenth annual Wikimania conference, which heard how academics and students are using and improving the collaboratively edited online resource. The conference, held at London’s Barbican Centre last week and kicked off by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, heard from Shani Evenstein, who works at the Sackler School of Medicine at…
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