The LSU Top 5 #53

This is the 53rd of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

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

Nick Brown Smelled BullNarratively

A plucky amateur dared to question a celebrated psychological finding. He wound up blowing the whole theory wide open.

A 50 year old first year part-time positive psychology Master’s student saw some maths that didn’t add up (so to speak) in a prominent paper. Cooperating with two academics, he wrote a detailed response that tore apart the paper’s findings. The resistance he and his collaborators encountered on the way and the total wrongness of the initial findings raise questions about just how much we should trust academic findings.

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Are we teaching ourselves our degree?The Guardian

University students are expected to learn independently. But where do their tuition fees go when their courses consists of little more than independent learning?

…guidelines should be put in place to ensure that all students receive adequate direct contact time. Interactive learning with successful academics cannot be replaced by independently learning from textbooks.

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The Decline of WikipediaMIT Technology Review

This article looks at some major problems that Wikipedia has faced in the past few years, and the prospects for solutions to turn things back around.

In their paper on those findings, the researchers suggest updating Wikipedia’s motto, “The encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” Their version reads: “The encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit.”

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Universities told to strictly examine lecturers’ degreesVietnam Net

There have been several cases of counterfeit degrees being used to apply for lectureships in Vietnam. It seems the shortage of lecturers results in lowering requirements for candidates and substandard procedures in checking the authenticity of their profiles.

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Welcome, Freshmen. You Don’t Deserve to Be Here.The Chronicle of Higher Education

This is an imaginary convocation speech to Stanford University first year students that in no uncertain terms puts them in their place, telling them that admission doesn’t necessarily make them worthy of the university.

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