How to encourage out of the box thinking for a moribund and some might say dying sector? Yes, I’m referring to higher education, that which was previously so respected and loved by all (er, the well healed elite, anyway), now facing decay and slow petrification from total lack of new thinking and practice. My belief is that in the name more »
Another article about the desperate need for coders in the job market. Another article about not needing a degree – in this case a computer science degree – another article about learning online and not in a college (or any other place of learning). I read this today with new eyes and new thoughts, as I had made a big decision over the more »
Here in the UK, the adjunct lecturer is known as an HPL – an hourly paid lecturer, on a zero hours contract. When I first entered academia, as a student, I was surprised to learn that some of my lecturers were ‘HPL’s’, and that in fact, many of the staff in the subject area had begun their lecturing lives that more »
Recent events have taught me a lot. In simple terms, any rocking of the boat will mostly end in tears. Here’s why: 1. Achieving forward movement or exciting new and effective ways of doing things by circumnavigating official channels will in the short-term get you recognition, as well as actual results. But just round the corner, punishment and ridicule await more »
For a long time I’ve had the message that because we are the kind of institution that we are – beleaguered, slandered, vilified, out of control – these are the very things that we should be selling. Shouting from the roof tops. Eh? Er, sorry, run that by me again, will you? I mean Shabby Chic. Gritty. Authentic. At long more »
The next moves in higher education could be critical to its future, but I see so much moribund thinking. I’m especially bothered by how our ‘subject area’ is taught – web applications, new media, social – or rather, not taught. But, the bigger picture is also really concerning, even to late-comers like me. Some colleagues are busy with their online more »
Everyone is on the bandwagon of social media. Everyone believes they must be involved, ‘doing it’, part of the new thing that social media is reckoned to be. And the poor old (very old) concept of the university cannot escape this.
We’ve been having a few interesting conversations about Ron Barnett. He’s the man of the moment, standing fast against the dark forces of moribund sameness that pervade the halls and low budget coffee areas of higher education.
I have just submitted a paper for my ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ module, part of the MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: “Changing Purposes and Priorities in Higher Education”. It’s a 5500 word essay on the university in a supercomplex age, Ronald Barnett provides core theory while other voices babble around him. Plagued more »
Think about it: you want to find out about doing some study, you are not 18 so not at school and not in the loop of any ‘educating’ type of scenario or network. Your friends might be either mostly out of work, or doing a boring menial job, or have family commitments (stay-at-home-mums). You have no idea whether you could more »