The LSU Top 5 #10
This is the tenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.
(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)
Fantasy Academe: A role for sabermetrics – The Chronicle of Higher Education
What if our value as academics and Higher Education staff was measured in the way players are measure ind ‘fantasy’ sports leagues? This article takes a look at how this could work and explores ‘sabermetrics’ and what they would like in appraising the success and productivity of departments and perhaps the value of individual staff.
Avoiding a logo backlash – Inside Higher Ed
University symbols, seals and logos can be important to the staff, students and alumni and when they are changed it can be a real mess. Such is the case of the University of California’s recent efforts at updated the UC logo at each of its campuses – to the derision of many. This article details the challenges of changing such an important symbol and how such problems might be avoided elsewhere.
Flipping the job search – Inside Higher Ed
A couple in the U.S. looking for academic positions are trying a new way to get the jobs they want – flipping the whole process and asking universities to apply to them. The couple sees this as a legitimate way to find the job they’re looking for and it’s getting plenty of attention.
Be here now, or else: Lamentable effects of student ‘presenteeism’ – Times Higher Education
Requiring undergraduate students to attend all or a majority of classes undercuts their ability develop and function as mature, independent learners, argues the author. It explores the idea of ‘learnerism’ and how this may erode away at the ability of students to learn in different ways – for example those who learn from silence as well as discussion – and suggests that creating a learning environment students want to be in is more successful overall than forcing them to participate.
Education in the information age: Is technology making us stupid? – The Conversation
A different take on the trend in reporting on MOOCs and other ‘innovative learning’ technologies and platforms, this piece attempts to answer the question above and raises the possibility (according to one study) that we are less intelligent than those before us – and possibly because of the ease of access to information.