The LSU Top 5 #41

This is the 41st 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!)

College student loses lawsuit over lusty writingsAP

Not many would defend a teacher professing their attraction to a student, but what about when it happens the other way around?

For a writing assignment where he was told to write “honestly” with “no topic…off limits”, 57 year old Joseph Corlett said that his teacher was so attractive that he’d “never learn a thing” from her.

He compared her to the sexy starlet Ginger from the 1960s TV series, “Gilligan’s Island” and described her as “tall, blonde, stacked,” among other things.

He was suspended and ordered to undergo sensitivity training. Corlett challenged the suspension in court, but the judge agreed with the university:

“Such expressions, while possibly appropriate in some settings, need not be tolerated by university officials,” the judge said.


In the academy, speed kills learningTimes Higher Education

While the world is obsessed with the “beauty of speed” or “efficiency”, this article argues against speedy learning to earn degrees quickly, such as through shortened degree programmes. Learning takes time, with contemplation, unforced engagement and slow conversations needed. In some cases, this drive for speed and efficiency has led to the introduction of automatic marking, which encourages students to produce work that conforms to an algorithm rather than reflects their learning.


Exam Howlers 2013 – Times Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed

Each year, the Times Higher Ed has a competition for the best and funniest of exam ‘bloopers’ from around the world. This article highlights some of the winners including the following from the article:

‘In keeping with previous editions of the competition, sex featured heavily in many of the bloopers. One student, writing on its evolution, opened her essay thus: “Sex has puzzled biologists ever since it was discovered by Darwin and Mendel.”‘


Frayed Prospects, Despite a DegreeNew York Times

According to this article, graduates from recession times, say 2011, continue to face difficulties in getting good jobs, even as the job market in the US improves. With many having spent the past years underemployed or in low-quality jobs, they are disadvantaged as they hunt for higher-end jobs as they are not considered ‘fresh’ enough for entry-level positions but haven’t gained sufficient good-quality experience for higher level ones. Recent graduates have another advantage as they have known sine the start that they would face a tough job market:

“Unlike those who were blindsided by the recession after they started school, the class of 2013 knew even as first-year students that their competitiveness depended on getting internships, studying abroad and choosing their majors carefully.” 


Teaching with Twitter: Engaging Students in Large LecturesFuture Imperfect

This blog post outlines a lecturer’s experiment with using Twitter in the lecture hall, both the good and the bad. He quotes one student:

“If you told me I could tweet all class and that I was learning, I’d think you’re ridiculous. But then try doing it; … the truth is you’ll always remember what you said and what you were talking about.”


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