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Automation – Future Proofing Careers

Automation is real. It is here to stay. Jobs will be lost. Careers will disappear. People are fearful, if not for their own occupation, for someone close to him or her. Interestingly, only 7% feel that their own job will be effected. In addition,…

Why I Love Teaching the way I do

Here, published in full, is the work of one of my students. Read it and enjoy (here is the link to the original article by Cassidy Griffith). Keep in mind that these students produce articles every week. You can see why I love my marking as…

I Can’t Get My Students to Read

This is heard often from professors at every level. Students just won’t read or write anymore. They are right. Students just won’t read or write anymore. In addition, they don’t study anymore either. The data show that this is true! Students, for the most…

Different Ways of Learning

As I work to disseminate and teach the principles of The Science of Learning, I find myself continually faced with the statement “yes, but everyone learns differently.” I know that this is one of the foundational stones of the current educational world, but where…

Why go to University

We know that the vast majority of students (85% in September 2016) go into higher education to get a qualification. But there are other reasons as well that have nothing to do with learning. As Stevens points out, “The college… is proud of its…

Tuition Well Spent

Student tuition and government grants make up the bulk of institutional funding in today’s higher education world. This money is largely devoted to the teaching of the students, or is it? In an earlier article, I wrote about how students’ are taking on massive debt…

The Dr. is in the Room

A few years ago Quintin McKellar mentioned the long established link between research expertise and teaching, stating that “Although the evidence for the contribution of research activity to teaching excellence is thin, what exists is largely positive…”. In searching through the evidence, the teaching referred to…

Academia: Can We Save Ourselves from Ourselves?

The report on the state of higher education in the US was published a few weeks ago. The report was about dropouts, graduates, and jobs. The findings are abysmal, and it would be foolish to believe that the findings apply only to the American…

Performance in Education

When did education stop being about learning and turn into a performance art? I was reading over some of my students’ work from a couple of years ago, and one of the things that jumped out at me was their collective observation that education…

Guaranteed Educational Outcomes

Is there a mismatch between what employers expect and higher education produces? The video game industry was worth $99.6 billion in 2016. That’s a lot of money. A recent study of UK video game programs found that only 12% of graduates from specialist UK…

Paradigm Shift in Higher Education

Thomas Kuhn (1962) introduced the concept of a paradigm shift as a way to describe how a prevailing understanding in science is replaced with a new understanding in light of overwhelming evidence that the explanations currently being used to understand the world are no longer adequate. Although…