Archive | April 2013

Student mentoring – A mentor’s perspective

By Truong My Duyen, Professional Communication student at RMIT University Vietnam Truong My Duyen is in her final semester of the Professional Communication program, and served as a mentor in SLAMs for Communication for four semesters. SLAMs (Student Learning Advice Mentors) – RMIT Vietnam’s premier peer-mentoring program, is now in its eighth semester of operation […]

The Top 5 # 28

This is the 28th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet. (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) New Model for Business Education – Inside Higher Ed In this interview, the editors of Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor and Life […]

In Praise of Crazy Teachers

  By Sam Graham, LSU Two assumptions guide how I see others: we’re all fundamentally good and a wee bit crazy. Two assumptions guide how I see teaching: we should all be good and a wee bit crazy. It’s easy to see how being good – ethical – helps your teaching. Of course we should […]

The LSU Top 5 #27

This is the 27th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

To (All) the Colleges That Rejected MeThe Wall Street Journal

This is a cutting satire from a student who was rejected from her top picks for university in the US. Is she right or just precious?

Colleges tell you, “Just be yourself.” That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.


Could meditation be the answer to exam nerves?The Guardian

This article looks at the introduction of mindfulness meditation to some schools in the UK and beyond.

A “7/11” is not the latest in teenage kicks, but a breathing exercise characteristic of a movement that is undergoing a surge in popularity in schools, known as “mindfulness”. The 7/11 is a relaxation breathing exercise. Matching the counting to the breath, you breathe in for a count of seven, and out for a count of 11. It works for teachers, too.

Ally, a student at my school, explains why she attends mindfulness club at lunchtime. “It’s just 15 minutes of quiet under a table,” she says. “I don’t necessarily find solutions to problems or anything, but I do come to terms with what’s happening around me.”

And hey, if simple improvement in well-being isn’t enough to convince you, this article explains how it increases exam results.


American Universities Infected by Foreign Spies Detected by FBIBloomberg Businessweek

Some governments, notably China, are infiltrating US universities to get hold of valuable research before it is published. Often, getting sensitive information is as simple as asking, with universities prioritising openness and transparency, and being weary of government organisations like the FBI. Interestingly, the spies aren’t always sent by the Chinese government, but are instead  often recruited from students already studying in the US. David Major, president of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, said:

China has “lots of students who either are forced to or volunteer to collect information,” he said. “I’ve heard it said, ‘If it wanted to steal a beach, Russia would send a forklift. China would send a thousand people who would pick up a grain of sand at a time.’”


Expertise and Meta-Lessons: Two Elements of Great TeachingHigherEd Jobs

This article argues that great teachers don’t just have to be skilled at teaching, but need to be experts in their field.

…teaching is not a separate art, but an aspect of being an expert in a field, be it doing carpentry, playing the infield, or reading Shakespeare. Many teacher credential programs seem based upon the premise that teaching is a separate and learnable skill, and that having learned to teach, one then learns an academic subject – math, for example, or history – to supply the content for the teaching skill. (As if one could learn to cook without food.)

Even if students forget the expertise that is passed onto them, they should (the author says) maintain the meta-skills of the field.


Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer Looking Up

This blog post says that for all the talk about popularised online and technological learning, it’s little more than TV in a different form. The shame is that there are so many ways that online learning could be truly interactive.

Popular efforts to improve education are focusing on the wrong problem. Millions of dollars and hours of innovation are being spent on improving how we deliver content in an era when content matters less and how we interact with it matters more.

This isn’t a new piece, but it was recently reposted on TVO.


We love hearing your thoughts on these articles, so feel free to comment below!

Your turn: Is it all about jobs?

By David DeBrot, LSU My son is 7 years old and in Grade 1. His last field trip was to a local kid’s ‘edutainment’ facility entirely themed on occupations and getting them to think about what job they’d like to perform in the future. I felt frustrated – ‘Isn’t 7 a little too early to […]

The LSU Top 5 #26

And now to celebrate half a year of the Top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet! (Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!) Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading – New York Times Would knowing everything about how your students use their textbooks be useful in guiding their […]

Discovering your passions

By Matt Cowan, LSU and Mai Thanh Ngoc, Bachelor of Business – Economics and Finance In this audio interview, Matt talks with Ngoc, a current scholarship student at RMIT Vietnam, about discovering passions while studying, and advice for students on making the best of the academic and social opportunities at university. It’s a 14 minute […]

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