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Neuroplasticity and addressing learning disabilities

Posted by malakandadai on November 9th, 2010

Usually when a child or young adult is diagnosed with a learning disability they are compensated for their handicap. Compensation solutions include extra time on tests or access to skilled writers for dyslexics.
Advances in teaching slow readers/learners  to read, focus and retain information  by the Scientific Learning Corporation have proved that perhaps compensation may not [...]

Good Ideas

Posted by Elaine Huber on October 19th, 2010

Where do your good ideas come from? Who or what inspires you? Do good ideas appear from nowhere or do they slowly develop over time? Watch this video as Steven Johnson gives an introduction to his research and new book titled ‘Where do Good Ideas come from?’ The narration is accompanied by superb ‘real-time’ drawings [...]

One-Man Uni, Lost Souls, Erotic capital & Academic babies

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on July 1st, 2010

A quick flick around some interesting items in the higher education web:

The Chronicle: A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man ‘Academy’ on YouTube

A 33-year old without university teaching experience has become YouTube’s most popular educator.  His low-tech, 10 minute “lectures” are more popular than those of any traditional institution.  Salman Khan’s 1400 videos cover engineering, [...]

Corporate drones?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 30th, 2010

Strong words from AlterNet:

We live in an age of moral nihilism. We have trashed our universities, turning them into vocational factories that produce corporate drones … The humanities, the discipline that forces us to stand back and ask the broad moral questions of meaning and purpose, that challenges the validity of [...]

The Cronk of Higher Education

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 8th, 2010

From The Cronk of Higher Education, a reading list for the higher education conspiracy theorist:

The Price of Admission
Ethics and College Sports
Faulty Towers: Tenure and the Structure of Higher Education

Creating a Class

How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

Twilight for academics

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on June 1st, 2010

Are you a secret Twilight fan?  Don’t be shy about your vampire romance! Why not write about it or add it to your students’ reading list?

From Inside Higher Ed:
Early out of the publishing gate was Wiley, which last fall released the volume Twilight and Philosophy as part of the Blackwell Philosophy and [...]

Congraduations!

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 25th, 2010

Cake Wrecks, one of the funniest blogs out there, celebrates graduation season:

For those who graduated from Macquarie on Saturday: congraduations!

Fusty academics, dusty spaces

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 19th, 2010

Times Higher Ed asks whether academic offices are a thing of the past:
A fusty old academic; a dusty study lined with well-thumbed books; piles of papers, essays and journals everywhere – on the desk, the coffee table and the old leather settee.
The dust motes floating as the sunlight streams through the small [...]

Unlearn what you have learned

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on May 4th, 2010

Happy Star Wars Day.  May the 4th be with you.
What’s Star Wars got to do with teaching and learning?  Glad you asked:

Who will grade your work?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 28th, 2010

From Luke Dicken, a montage of comics from PhDComics, with soundtrack from their song “Who Will Grade Your Work?”:

Thanks to David Comp for the link.