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Ten Myths and a Truth from the TEF: Reading the White Paper. WHAT ARE ONTOLOGY AND EPISTEMOLOGY? For academics with depression, the student feedback process is hell. I find teaching incredibly rewarding, but because of depression and anxiety there is one area where I have particularly struggled: student evaluations.

For academics with depression, the student feedback process is hell

Objectively, my reviews are far from terrible. Fun with flags: how metrics will work in TEF outcomes. Over the last few weeks, universities have been presented with their data and the ‘flags’ – the plusses and minuses, and double plusses and double minuses – which show how well they’re doing relative to a benchmark of performance in the TEF.

Fun with flags: how metrics will work in TEF outcomes

As the metrics and associated flags drive the TEF outcomes, these are important to understanding how the exercise will operate… and the likely results. A little recap Central to the Teaching Excellence Framework is the use of metrics to establish how well higher education providers perform. Calling Bullshit — Syllabus. Logistics.

Calling Bullshit — Syllabus

The Marshmallow Study Revisited. October 11, 2012.

The Marshmallow Study Revisited

The problem with general ability statements in history education – Clio et cetera. Progression models are frequently constructed from ‘ability’ statements.

The problem with general ability statements in history education – Clio et cetera

Put simply, if you have an ability, it means you can do something. It is therefore quite common to see progression models in history education containing statements saying “pupils can construct causal arguments” or “pupils can critique interpretations of the past”. The rationale behind this is not hard to see. As a history teacher, I want my pupils to become more able in the discipline. Expert historians spend their time constructing causal arguments and critiquing interpretations, and it would therefore seem to follow that a progression model for history education ought to contain ability statements about these disciplinary practices. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement.

SpecialisedPRISMA-Equity: Welch V, Petticrew M, Tugwell P, Moher D, O'Neill J, Waters E, White H; PRISMA-Equity Bellagio group.

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement

PRISMA-Equity 2012 Extension: Reporting Guidelines for Systematic Reviews with a Focus on Health Equity. PLoS Med. 2012;9(10):e1001333. CV of failures: Princeton professor publishes résumé of his career lows. A professor at Princeton University has published a CV listing his career failures on Twitter, in an attempt to “balance the record” and encourage others to keep trying in the face of disappointment.

CV of failures: Princeton professor publishes résumé of his career lows

Johannes Haushofer, who is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at the university in New Jersey, posted his unusual CV on Twitter last week. The document contains sections titled Degree programs I did not get into, Research funding I did not get and Paper rejections from academic journals. It also includes Academic positions and fellowships I did not get and Awards and scholarships I did not get. Impartial journalism is laudable. But false balance is dangerous. Non Sequitur Comic Strip, January 20, 2016 on It doesn’t matter what is in your hands – The Digital Stranger. “Hands-Off” Teaching: Conversation as Pedagogy in Library Instruction. Polis – The role of Emotion in the future of Journalism. Below is an extract from the new essay in the Social Media and Society Journal by Charlie Beckett and Mark Deuze.

Polis – The role of Emotion in the future of Journalism

Read the full article here. In the context of a changing media culture, the omnipresence of technology and media in everyday life as people’s lives are increasingly lived in media, and the emergence of journalism as a profoundly precarious profession, we see both a challenge and an opportunity for journalists. Today’s news professionals have to work in this world where their craft is blended into people’s digital mobile lives alongside kittens, shopping, sport, music, online dating and mating rituals, pornography, and games.

SoTL Primer Top Ten. What does research-informed teaching (RIT) look like? Excellent teaching goes hand in hand with excellent research.

What does research-informed teaching (RIT) look like?

This blog prepared by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and University Alliance, ahead of its workshop event with senior university practitioners and key higher education stakeholders, explores the latest thinking on research-informed teaching and what it looks like. Diversity is a strength of our higher education sector – and research-informed teaching can vary widely. Promoting excellent teaching whatever its form enhances the student experience, improves student employability and enriches the research culture. Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax.

“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”.

Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax

The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers. For those resistant to accepting refugees into Europe, this story was a godsend. The photo quickly spread across social media, propelled by far-right groups such as the English Defence League and Pegida UK.

The Semmelweis Reflex: Why does Education Ignore Important Research? In 1846 the general hospital in Vienna was experiencing a peculiar problem. There were two maternity wards at the hospital but at the first clinic, infant mortality rate was around 16% while at the second clinic the rate was much lower, often below 4%. Mysteriously there were no apparent differences between the two clinics to account for this. Part of the mystery was that there was no mystery. Almost all of the deaths were due to puerperal (childbed) fever, a common cause of death in the 18th century. This fact was well known outside the hospital and many expectant mothers begged to be taken to the second clinic instead of the first.

Making a game for a Library – Medium. A library can easily and should very well be a place of discovery, collection, curation and learning. In many ways, facets of the traditional library user experience are analogous to games and that’s what I’ve been interested in for a few years, since 2007 to be exact. One manifestation of it has been Librarygame and this is the abridged story of how one small company turned this idea into a living and breathing product. Observing Libraries and their game like qualities If you spend your time designing for entertainment and education, Libraries present themselves as really interesting interactive systems which are worth exploring. Parents Of Nasal Learners Demand Odor-Based Curriculum.

COLUMBUS, OH–Backed by olfactory-education experts, parents of nasal learners are demanding that U.S. public schools provide odor-based curricula for their academically struggling children. Evidence Based Educational Leadership: The start of the school year and the return of the Zombies. As the start of term approaches, school leaders will be preparing a range of INSET and CPD activities designed to support the latest initiatives.

Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy. According to the grit narrative, children in the United States are lazy, entitled and unprepared to compete in the global economy. Schools have contributed to the problem by neglecting socio-emotional skills. Making the First Day Matter – Cate Denial. The Difference Between Teaching and Telling by Adam Griffin on Prezi. Paulo Freire, critical pedagogy, and libraries. You’ve probably heard of #critlib: that loose affiliation of librarians interested in “critical perspectives on library practice” [link]. What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

More than you wanted to know about James Atherton. These sites are largely about learning and teaching in "post-compulsory" education. 6 tips for librarians to engage with their research community. Library and information staff are always looking for new ideas, inspiration and techniques to engage with their research community and to facilitate the research process. Here are a few short, practical examples from all kinds of libraries around the world - small ideas, specific examples and tips which have worked for other people. The five biggest reading mistakes and how to avoid them. Teaching and Learning. I enjoy teaching immensely. Games and gamification for information literacy. Adam Edwards & Vanes… The inquiry-based approach to higher ed that could prevent college students from dropping out. The menace of memes: how pictures can paint a thousand lies.

The death of the digital native: four provocations from Digifest speaker, Donna Lanclos. Information literacy is for life, not just for a good degree. The Answers, The Questions and Practical Significance — Identity, Education and Power. Active Learning Is Not Our Enemy: A Response to Molly Worthen. Bad Education: Debunking Myths In Education: Adey, Philip Dillon, Justin Adey: Books. Burke's Parlor Tricks: Introducing Research as Conversation. HEA subscription fees to double for most universities. You may think you learn better in a certain way. You actually don’t. How to respond to learning-style believers. 12 Spectacular Acts Of Wikipedia Vandalism. The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths.

Student Engagement in Large Group Teaching (with images) · dave_thesmith.