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Computers bring students to “fever pitch”

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 29th, 2010

Here’s a great video I picked up from Matt Novak’s Paleo-Future blog.  It’s an Apple video from 1998 to spruik a Project 2000 competition.  It asks: what will we do with computers in the future?
Answer: learn and teach of course!
(Cue eerie music) Computers of the future will relieve teachers of the “burden” of motivating students [...]

Learning styles don’t exist

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 28th, 2010

In this video, Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology from the University of Virginia argues that learning styles do not exist.  The nub of his argument is that it is not visual or aural information that we want students to learn, but meaning.  To put it simply: you are not a visual, aural or kinesthetic learner.  [...]

Dissuading young scholars

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 27th, 2010

This post was prompted by a recent Mama PhD post in which Libby Gruner offered advice to her daughter and other bright humanities undergraduates.  She wrote: “I can pass on the conventional wisdom now being provided to people like you who are enjoying your humanities programs: don’t go to grad school.”
She linked to numerous articles [...]

Sing-a-long student recruitment

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 22nd, 2010

Oh dear.  If you have the stamina, check out Yale’s 16-minute musical student recruitment video:

The Guardian had this to say:
Its recruitment video That’s Why I Chose Yale oozes schmaltz factor and knocks spots off Harvard’s geeky offering, Harvard By the Numbers.
While the eyes-and-teeth types on the Yale Daily News crosscampus blog are thrilled with the [...]

Divination 2010

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 21st, 2010

LTC blog rashly promised to devote this week to the lighter side of education as a panacea to the gloomy headlines of last year (see Tuesday’s post).  But there seems to be dearth of frivolous and silly news!  Or perhaps those depths have already been too well plumbed on this blog – for proof, look [...]

World’s longest lecture: 121 hours non-stop

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 20th, 2010

Between December 9 and December 14, 2009, Errol Tapiwa Muzawazi, a 25-year-old Zimbabwean law student at the Jagiellonian University in Poland, established a new world record in the category of The Longest Lecture after lecturing for 121 hours.  That’s six days and five nights…

The topic of the lecture was democracy (read a brief [...]

Welcome to 2010

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on January 19th, 2010

LTC hopes that the new year finds you energised and optimistic.
The final blog posts of 2009 seemed to document the decline of higher education as we know it.  In fact the year in review had a downhill trajectory … Academia?  Not a smart choice.   State of the Industry?  We don’t care about teaching.  Education revolution?  [...]