Demystifying Medicine: Knowledge Translation through Video

Demystifying Medicine: Knowledge Translation through Video

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Demystifying medicine began in 2002 as a seminar at NIH (National Institutes of Health). The seminar series came to McMaster in 2012. The series includes…
Social Media in the Classroom: Putting Students in Charge

Social Media in the Classroom: Putting Students in Charge

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This is the second profile in our ‘Social Media in the Classroom’ series.  Our first feature was on Joe Kim and #MacIntroPsych. We’ve been looking…
Social Media in the Classroom: One Hashtag to Unity

Social Media in the Classroom: One Hashtag to Unity

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Social Media has been a part of our private lives for roughly a decade now. While the casual use of these tools has been wide…
Social Media Tools: Twitter

Social Media Tools: Twitter

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We’ve been looking at Social Media (and particularily Twitter) as a pedagogical tool and have been examining two examples at McMaster University. Please see our…
Torgny Roxå: On Students and Educational Reform

Torgny Roxå: On Students and Educational Reform

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The following text is an edited transcription of an interview conducted with Torgny Roxå of Lund University on October 5th 2016. As a Distinguished Scholar…
Does a Shift Toward Active Learning Mean the End of the Lecture?

Does a Shift Toward Active Learning Mean the End of the Lecture?

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Author and professor Richard Gunderman defends the place of the lecture in higher education in a brief article entitled “Is the Lecture Dead?” For Gunderman,…
Assessing and Rewarding Good Teaching

Assessing and Rewarding Good Teaching

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Top universities like McMaster have an obligation to ensure the on-going development of both teaching and research. They must routinely identify good and weak practices…
The Future is Open:  Educating for the Commons through Open Educational Resources

The Future is Open: Educating for the Commons through Open Educational Resources

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When any smartphone can find the content of any textbook for free, why go to university? For Rajiv Jhangiani, students who have access to smart…
Bad Words: Pedagogical Traps Hidden in Academic Language

Bad Words: Pedagogical Traps Hidden in Academic Language

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Is the language of teaching and scholarship actually working against us? Donaldo Macedo argues that many of the linguistic habits and strategies so common in…
The Gap Between Rich and Poor – in Education

The Gap Between Rich and Poor – in Education

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“Finance for Everyone.” It’s based on free market thinking that has produced one of the greatest engines of productivity and change in the history of…
Reversing the University: Designing Curricula for 2030

Reversing the University: Designing Curricula for 2030

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Randy Bass believes that advances in technology should flip the fundamental goals of universities. We need to focus less on developing skills and more on…
Trigger Warnings as More Bourgeois Creep/iness

Trigger Warnings as More Bourgeois Creep/iness

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To trigger warn, or not to trigger warn,that is not the question for me, even though I am on the verge of presenting the documentary…
No Child Left Thinking: Standardized Education and the Decline of Democratic Society

No Child Left Thinking: Standardized Education and the Decline of Democratic Society

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To many people, it sounds like a good idea: hold teachers increasingly accountable to a standardized curriculum designed to prepare students for the job market.…
Fighting Violence with Pedagogy: A Case for Hope

Fighting Violence with Pedagogy: A Case for Hope

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The best weapon against violence may, in fact, be pedagogy. Brad Evans explores the inseparability of education and violence and examines ways to address violence-related…
Towards a Negative Capability in Education: An Interview with Deborah P. Britzman in The Quiet Room

Towards a Negative Capability in Education: An Interview with Deborah P. Britzman in The Quiet Room

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Transcribing my interview about student activism and psychoanalysis with Deborah P. Britzman had me thinking about our subject matter of language. Transcription is a difficult…
Reading the Academic Diary: On Parting Ways with Reflection

Reading the Academic Diary: On Parting Ways with Reflection

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It has become almost inevitable to be asked to engage in “reflection” in the academy. Increasingly we are asked to reflect, to either show our…
We must learn to discriminate between good and mediocre teaching

We must learn to discriminate between good and mediocre teaching

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In a previous positing on this blog I claimed that using SET (student evaluation of teaching) as a measurement of good teaching is naïve and…
Exile as a Space of Disruption in the Academy

Exile as a Space of Disruption in the Academy

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How can one not be in exile working in academia, especially if one refuses the cliques, mediocrity, hysterical forms of resentment, backbiting, and endless production…
How Learning to Fail Taught Me How to Live

How Learning to Fail Taught Me How to Live

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Many university students will enter university with a preconceived notion about what this part of their life will entail and where it will lead them.…
Student Evaluation of Teaching – A Trojan Horse or a Powerful Material?

Student Evaluation of Teaching – A Trojan Horse or a Powerful Material?

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So, my job is to help teachers develop better teaching skills. Today I met two academic teachers from Botswana National University. They are in Lund…
Uniting Against the School of Harm

Uniting Against the School of Harm

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Like so many others speaking from within academia during the last year, I am deeply troubled by the recent demand for trigger warnings in university…
Why Textbooks Suck.

Why Textbooks Suck.

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  I really enjoy almost all books and yet I generally hate textbooks, even the ones I am writing. I think most academic books are…
If You’re Not Disrupting Students, You’re Not Teaching Students

If You’re Not Disrupting Students, You’re Not Teaching Students

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvKPqF7Hfq0 When Sut Jhally entered the academic profession, he found himself standing in a lecture hall full of students feeling completely intimidated by the prospect…