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The real problem with Wikipedia

By Sam Graham I confess: I tell students to use Wikipedia. The reading that students are expected to do can be (rightfully) tough. They’re thrown in the deep end, often without the basic knowledge to make sense of the complex details they’re meant to master. Try reading Edward Said’s Orientalism without a foundation in the […]

Slow Thinking in a Fast World

By Sam Graham, LSU Waiting for a friend? Get out your phone, check Facebook. Cooking dinner? Turn on the TV. Heading to the gym? Download a podcast. Settling down to work? Good luck, here’s another email. We’re surrounded by stimulation and always have something to do. With a smart phone in our pocket, we have […]

Facebook and learning

By David DeBrot, LSU This is David’s article that appeared in Thanh Nien News and Vietweek News on 04/01/2013. Social media tools such as Facebook are used in advertising, marketing and commerce. But could it also help you with your studies? I think it may. ‘Social media’ is a bit of a misnomer as it seems to conflate being […]

Flipping exciting

By Matthew Cowan, LSU Followers of innovation in higher education will have by now found it almost impossible to ignore the flurry of discussion Massive Open Online Courses, commonly referred to as MOOCs, has generated recently. MOOCs have been around for a while now, but we’ve begun to pay more attention to them since MIT […]

What is normal anyway? Supporting equality and diversity

By Ksenia Nikolaeva, Nguyen Tuan Tu and Carol Witney Ksenia Nikolaeva is an alumnus of RMIT International University Vietnam and a PhD candidate in Computational Biology and Innovation. Nguyen Tuan Tu is a student  in the Bachelor of Business Information Systems program at RMIT Vietnam. Carol Witney is a Learning Advisor in the LSU. Ksenia […]

Argument mapping in your subject

By Ian Handsley Argument mapping is a technique for representing ideas visually. Research on its use in Australian universities has consistently shown it has a profound impact on students’ critical thinking abilities. What’s an argument map? Rather than describe one, here’s a map of the argument “You should integrate argument mapping into the subjects you […]

To wiki or not…

Telling colleagues you’re thinking about using a wiki for assessment might make you feel like you’ve got ‘street cred’ on campus but have you assessed the risks in using one yet? Matt had a look into it and this is what he found. By Matthew Cowan From time to time we find ourselves wondering how we […]