The LSU Top 5 #35

This is the 35th 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!)


Can I Use the Same Paper for Multiple College Courses? – The New York Times, The Ethicist


The reader asks whether submitting the same essay for two courses is OK. The Ethicist can’t find anything wrong with it. The respondents, on the whole, disagree. (The interesting bits of internet writing are so often the comments!)




Questions about All Those Questions Teachers Ask – Faculty Focus


Should teachers ask questions or teach students to ask good questions? This article debates whether it is better for learners to be asking good questions rather than being asked (often not-well-thought-through) questions by their teachers, even though students think of their role as answer-givers.


…we can’t just teach students to ask better questions, they have to learn the subject to do that. Their novice questions are openings for teachers to intervene by supplying demonstrations, information, knowledge, and guiding principles. If students’ questions remain naïve and simple-minded that indicates that they are not learning.



Students still unsure what constitutes cheating – Times Higher Education

This article is a reminder that what seems obvious to those of us working in universities is often not at all obvious to those studying there.

A pan-Europe study has found low levels of understanding about what constitutes plagiarism. With potentially heavy penalties for academic dishonesty, this is, it seems, a failure of universities.


Beyond STEM: Educating a Workforce of Thinkers and DoersUS Chamber of Commerce, Forum for Innovation

Richard Hurley, President of the University of Mary Washington, defends the liberal arts against attacks centred on the apparent supremacy of science, technology, engineering and maths degrees. This is practical defence, as opposed to the normal idealistic one.

Unfortunately,  I think that a too-narrow focus on first jobs for graduates has these folks missing the bigger point—liberal arts institutions educate for employment, but they also educate for success.


High unemployment rate blamed on unreasonable training – Vietnam Net

The high unemployment rate, especially amongst recent university graduate, is being blamed on an excess number of graduates and a mismatch between the subjects students are studying and what employers are demanding.

With a report from the Ministry of Education and Training showing that only half of university graduates are employed, with just a third of them finding a job in their field, the Deputy Head of the Thanh Hoa provincial Education and Training Department says that students are even choosing not to go to university:

“They don’t try to follow the university education any more after they found many jobless university graduates.”


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