Students as Lemmings
OK, file this under "You needed a study for that?!"I was reading an inside higher ed. article recently with the same title as this blog post. A study was conducted and surprise! surprise! (NOT!) Students have a greater effect on what fellow students choose to major in rather than aptitude in a particular subject!You really didn't need to do a study because this falls under the "D'uh" category. Of
Twitter in Education
I came across this presentation on the use of twitter in educationPersonally I would use twitter for informational purposes like: "in the office" - "not in the office", "class moved to room xxxx", and "assignment X due in my mailbox by xx/xx/xxxx"IM is better for collaboration, chatting and discussions. Twitter doesn't really fit into this in my opinion.Twitter in EducationView more presentations
Seth Godin - on Tribes
I came across this video near the end of last semester, but I did not have time to watch it. I've written about Tribes, the book by Seth Godin, that relates to communities of practice, management, marketing, communities (and so many other things).Here's the man himself talking about tribes. The video is only 17 minutes long - it's well worth the viewing time!
The Greek Language of the Café
I think that this is probably all Greek to you, but I recently found an article on a Greek linguistics blog (reprint from a Greek newspaper)Τα τελευταία χρόνια η πραγματικότητα του γλωσσικού θανάτου και της εξαφάνισης πλήθους γλωσσών αποκτά ολοένα και ευρύτερη δημοσιότητα. Η συζήτηση
Objections to Social Learning
I was reading a blog recently (click here for source) where the blogger had a presentation from the Mzinga crew about objections to social learning.I went through the presentation, and it was actually quite interesting, but I had heard it all before :-) The objections to social learning (as much as I cringe when I say social learning) are the same objections that I examined when I was learning about
The value of being clear
Recently I was reading an article on Inside Higher Ed titled the dreaded grade appeal. Before I read it I thought to myself "here we go again! more faculty complaining about students appealing their grades!" I was pleasantly surprised to see that the article isn't really about grade appeals, but rather (if you read it clearly), about being clear in your expectation of the students taking your class.I
Not so clever PowerPoint tips...
I was reading this post on Dangeously Irrelevent.Most of their posts I like, however this one left me with a "WTF?!" grimace. The topic is 5 clever powerpoint tips. Some tips are actually good, like creating a custom slide show and hyperliking to a new presentation.There are two tips that are just not well thought out.The first is to "start creating your presentations in widescreen format"I hadn’t
The MBA vs. the Witch
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Klingon - the language of Linguists!
Well OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it's quite interesting.I thought that for the last post of May it would make sense to close the month with something linguistics related given that this semester was all linguistics all the time :-) I was reading this article on Slate called There's No Klingon Word for Hello. I honestly didn't expect it to be so interesting! For instance I did not
Language may be encoded in DNA...
I read this over at Wired a few weeks ago - that culture may be encoded in DNA.Knowledge is passed down directly from generation to generation in the animal kingdom as parents teach their children the things they will need to survive. But a new study has found that, even when the chain is broken, nature sometimes finds a way.I suppose what your definition of culture is. I guess that in this instant