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  1. Last 7 days
    1. Can A.I. Grade Your Next Test?Neural networks could give online education a boost by providing automated feedback to students.

      What problem is AI solving in education?

  2. Jul 2021
    1. Prof Nichola Raihani on Twitter: “Submitted a paper reporting null results to a mid tier journal. Guess how it went. I literally don’t care at this point but I do feel bad for the first author (who I won’t name here). Https://t.co/sX5lTcEl29” / Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2021, from https://twitter.com/nicholaraihani/status/1415308025179656194

  3. Jun 2021
    1. hey suggest annotation presents a vital means by which academics can re-engage with each other and the wider world.

      I suggest that the real power of annotation is not necessarily with academia. We need to go beyond academics and find ways to engage with others outside. For example, I have tried to engage Matt Taibbi on his substack article: https://hyp.is/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftaibbi.substack.com%2Fp%2Fcongratulations-elitists-liberals&group=__world__

    1. being gainfully employed, I don't have to worry about graduation or tenure

      Again Morningstar shows a lack of recognition that academia (most especially in the USA) operates in a marketplace, even though he describes some of its market characteristics elsewhere.

  4. May 2021
    1. Before introducing the KPIs, a majority of polish science was basically people milking the system and doing barely any (valueable) research. It was seen as an easy, safe and ok paying job where the only major hassle is having to teach the students. You often needed connections to get in. It was partially like that because of the communist legacy, where playing ball with the communist party was the most important merit for promotion, which, over the course of 45 years (the span of communism in Poland), filled the academia management ranks with conformist mediocrities.Now, after a series of major reforms, there's a ton of KPIs, and people are now doing plenty of makework research to collect the required points, but still little valueable work gets done. Also, people interested in doing genuine science who would be doing it under the old system are now discouraged from joining academia, because in the system they're expected to game the points system and not to do real work.What is the lesson from this is? Creating institutionalized science is hard? It requires a long tradition and scientific cultural standards and can't be just wished into place by bureaucrats? Also, perhaps it's good to be doing the science for some purpose, which in the US case are often DoD grants, where the military expects some practical application. This application may be extremely distant, vague and uncertain (they fund pure math research!), but still, they're the client and they expect results. Whereas the (unstated) goal of science in Poland seems to be just to increase the prestige of Polish science and its Universities by getting papers into prestigious journals, whereas the actual science being done doesn't matter at all - basically state-level navel gazing.


    1. Anyone who treats research as a business tends not to be well received in academia, but they likely have the funding necessary to drive advances, and they may eventually be wealthy.

      There can be clear benefits to treating academia like a business.

  5. Mar 2021
    1. I hadn't really thought that much about the pedagogical aspects (they don't really teach PhD historians pedagogy where I went to school, or I missed it somehow, so I've been trying to educate myself since then).

      Don't feel bad, I don't think many (any?!) programs do this. It's a terrible disservice to academia.

      Examples of programs that do this would be fantastic to have. Or even an Open Education based course that covers some of this would be an awesome thing to see.

  6. Feb 2021
    1. David Dye. (2021, January 26). So if you work somewhere already like this maybe suggest how to really run a WFH/mobile collaboration uni, and how we re-tool the physical meeting place we then in light of that? Maybe the philosophers already know this?? [Tweet]. @DavidDye9. https://twitter.com/DavidDye9/status/1354176181042556929

  7. Jan 2021
    1. Are the books that much better than the disses? Mostly, no, I'd say. So what's the deal? I think it's that we just like books. And by "we" I mean the whole industry of academe.

      Often when I see this pattern happening, the dissertation is the new and original research and the subsequent book is a rewriting of that research into a form meant to help popularize and distribute it into a broader public.

      This is similar, in a way to journal articles being written about by science journalists which then usually massively broadens the audience of the work. Usually this version helps the work to reach more eyeballs than the dissertation to book route does.

      Another version of this might be the translation of a screenplay and a move into a novelization for popular movies. Some of the goal here however is just to make more money.

      It's worth looking at who is (privileged to be) doing the writing in each of these cases.

  8. Dec 2020
    1. But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents.

      This is going to be awesome when it debuts in universities. I can't imagine that any academics will be concerned when a departmental chair or administrator asks you why you're not sending more emails.

    1. Microsoft says it will make changes in its new Productivity Score feature, including removing the ability for companies to see data about individual users, to address concerns from privacy experts that the tech giant had effectively rolled out a new tool for snooping on workers.

      It's great that MS has reacted so quickly to the outcry around the privacy of workers.

      I thought it would be super-interesting to see how academics might have responded to the idea of institutional administrators keeping tabs on the number of hours that they'd spent in meetings (via Teams), composing and reading emails (via Outlook), writing articles (via Word), and so on.

      And yet these would be the same academics who do this kind of monitoring of student work.

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    1. Ways forward

      The shift from "review article" to "research proposal" article uses a format that I've been trying to promote for quite some time: the call to research format.

  17. Oct 2019
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  20. Mar 2019
    1. In academia, an article that is 10 years old is considered dated.

      In academia - but Lasch is still considered relevant?

  21. Jan 2019
    1. Blogging highlights the process, not the output – one of my early blogging chums was Tony Hirst here at the OU. He has commented that blogging reveals an ongoing process of research, but that much of our formal systems (promotion, REF, research funding) are focused on outputs. That’s not to say outputs aren’t important, but the longitudinal picture that a blog gives you allows for a better representation of developing ideas.

      Totally agree. Hope to blog more in 2019! #TrustTheProcess

  22. Nov 2018
    1. Most early hospitalist groups formed in community hospitals. Over the past 5 years, many academic medical centers have adopted hospitalist models for inpatient care and teaching. Beyond the legitimacy that this expansion into academia affords the movement,68 the 2 greatest effects are on education and research.69 Academic hospitalists are emerging as core teachers of inpatient medicine. For example, at the University of California, San Francisco, 15 faculty hospitalists now staff about two thirds of ward-attending months and all medical consult months. Preliminary evidence indicates that resident teaching evaluations of hospitalists are significantly higher than those of our highly selected nonhospitalist 1-month-per-year ward attendings (K. Hauer, MD, written communication, December 2001), an effect seen elsewhere as well.32 The impact on medical student education has not been empirically studied; we recently described several potential advantages and disadvantages of hospitalists in student education.70 The development of hospitalist groups in academic medical centers may have its most far-reaching effects in defining a new research agenda.69 No longer limiting their research to the impact of the hospitalist model itself, academic hospitalists are now applying the tools of health services and outcomes research, ethics, and clinical epidemiology to critical inpatient issues, such as preventing nosocomial infections,71 end-of-life care,72 and hospital quality measurement.46 Over time, hospitalists are likely to become increasingly engaged in patient-centered research, clinical trials, and genetic epidemiology (BOX 2), taking advantage of their onsite availability and large numbers of potential subjects. Box 2. Clinical Research That Might Be Undertaken by Academic Hospitalists, Beginning With Those Areas Already Under Study 1. Studies of the efficiency, cost, and quality of hospitalist services. 2. Studies of new approaches to systems issues that arise in and around the hospital (eg, medical errors, pain management, palliative care, inpatient-outpatient communication). 3. Clinical trials (single site or multicenter) involving diseases that hospitalists commonly encounter (eg, pneumonia, sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, heart failure, thromboembolism, asthma). 4. Multicenter trials involving interventions with smaller expected benefits or less common diseases. 5. Multicenter studies of the etiology of disease and disease susceptibility (eg, genetic analyses of why some patients become severely ill with pneumococcal pneumonia while exposed family members do not).
    1. The paradox of resistance: critique, neoliberalism, and the limits of performativity

      I found this post from Sherri Spelic's post, "A Convention In My Mind.

    2. Varieties of neoliberalism, varieties of critique?

      The three main varieties of critique of neoliberal knowledge production: marxist, poststructuralist, and neo-materialist (eg, big data, ai, machine learning).

    3. Relatedly, given the level of agreement among academics about the general direction of these changes, engagement with developing long-term, sustainable alternatives to exploitative modes of knowledge production has been surprisingly scattered.

      Alternative practices to exploitative knowledge production have not kept up with critiques.

  23. Oct 2018
    1. Scholars still have a lot of anxiety about this practice. Many of those relate to the university careers and workplaces: evaluation, tenure, reactions from their peers, hallway jealousy, and so on. These are real worries, and as a scholar and university professor myself, I empathize with many of them.
    2. The internet has made it easier than ever to reach a lot of readers quickly. It has birthed new venues for publication and expanded old ones. At the same time, a sense of urgency of current affairs, from politics to science, technology to the arts, has driven new interest in bringing scholarship to the public directly.
  24. Jun 2018
    1. When I see a paper that I find interesting, I make sure to send the author an e-mail or message them on Twitter. I say: “I just read your paper — it helped me with some concepts. I look forward to seeing your future work.” It lets people know that they have worth.

      We need to do more of this!

  25. May 2018
    1. I’m part of the policy working group for an international professional network called the Marie Curie Alumni Association. I’d like the working group to have a new mission: aligning the incentives and rewards of science with the type of work and productivity that we really want to see. We need to better reward non-traditional outcomes, such as data sets, research methods and code. And we need to better appreciate activities outside of the lab, such as public engagement, education and outreach. That’s the way towards achieving substantial and lasting change.

      Crucial yet challenging given the power system in place. More academics need to recognize the value of shifting the current valuation system.

    2. Everyone is publishing and publishing because that’s where the money in science comes from. But if everyone is publishing and nobody is reading, are we making a contribution?
  26. Feb 2018
    1. decolonization of knowledge and research methodology point to critical areas of reflection for researchers, regardless of the context of their work.

      La investigación se hace desde HackBo, pero no en nombre de él.

      ¿Qué otras formas de narrativas, desarrolladas al interior de las comunidades, les permitirían narrarse a sí mismas? ¿Acaso el documental?

    1. Se trataría de inventar prácticas de contra-diseño que puedan mantener un compromiso duradero con proyectos de vida politizados. ¿Podrá la educación del diseño cumplir esta misión? Los conocimientos académicos, fundados bajo el imperativo firme de la separación del mundo natural, parecieran ser completamente incompetentes para proveernos con los conocimientos en sintonía con la Tierra necesarios para que los humanos funcionemos acoplados con ella. Tampoco parecen ser capaces de acoger los conocimientos lugarizados y vernáculos de las culturas que se rehúsan a rendirse al mundo globalizado, manteniendo su sabiduría del habitar y de enraizar sus mundos.

      Esta frase me recuerda mis menciones a la anti-hackatón como forma de protección contra la gentrificación. En todo caso, la solución está del lado de no ser absorvido por la academía, para quedarse cómodamente enunciando desde su "torre de marfil" cómo está de mal el mundo, pero sin untarse de él, siguiendo esclavos de sus dinámicas de publicación indexada y los egos asociados.

    2. ¿no es la universidad una de las fuerzas más eficaces de ocupación ontológica de las vida y de los territorios de la gente, junto con el Estado, la economía, la Policía y los ejércitos? ¿Será capaz la academia de superar la cultura de la profesionalización del conocimiento experto tan desacreditada por Illich, de tal forma que pueda apoyar miradas conviviales? ¿Lograrán los diseñadores y aquellos dedicados a la recomunalización de la vida ‘escapar de la educación’ de tal forma que puedan diseñar “desde las culturas de base” (Prakash y Esteva 2008) para las cuales la educación convencional no puede sino devaluar sus conocimientos y vidas? Hay, sin duda, muchas respuestas a estas preguntas, desde renunciar a la universidad como espacio para la afirmación de la vida hasta luchar por su pluralización epistémica, especialmente frente a la incesante presión para que la universidad adopte cada vez más modelos corporativos al servicio del mundo globalizado.
    3. la mayoría de las principales universidades, tal vez en el mundo, se están doblegando ante las presiones para capacitar a las personas con el fin de ser ‘exitosas’ en un ‘mundo cada vez más globalizado e interconectado’, lo que significa preparar ‘individuos’ para competir en una economía de mercado; estos son los mismos individuos que llevarán a cabo el mandato de la insostenibilidad y la desfuturización
    4. . Como Maturana y Varela señalaran con referencia a la forma como concibieron el novedoso concepto de autopoiesis, “no podíamos escapar de estar inmersos en una tradición [la racionalista] pero con un lenguaje adecuado podíamos orientarnos de manera diferente y, tal vez, desde la nueva perspectiva generar una nueva tradición” (1980: xvii). La novedad de su trabajo reside, precisamente, en haber inventado un nuevo léxico para hablar de la existencia biológica, en particular sobre la cognición, como veremos en el último capítulo

      Uno podría pensar en algunas referencias circulares que permitan escapes de la lógica en la que están inmersas. Un ejemplo es la licencia GPL, que usa los sistemas de restricciones que brinda el derecho de autor para proveer una meta-restricción: "prohibido prohibir". Estas prácticas circulares que deconstruyen las lógicas donde se instauran, podrían ser usadas también para revisar las tradiciones académicas, por ejemplo desde la publicación.

  27. Jan 2018
    1. El diseño está inextricablemente ligado a las decisiones sobre el tipo de vidas que vivimos y los mundos donde las vivimos; estas son cuestiones normativas que la academia usualmente rehúye, dada su predilección por la neutralidad: “La pregunta que los humanos debemos enfrentar dice Maturana, [a quien recurriré en secciones posteriores] es qué queremos que pase con nosotros, no una cuestión de conocimiento o de progreso”
  28. Nov 2017
    1. “These phenomena make it difficult to interpret the results.”

      It would have been nice to learn a bit more about why this is so.

    1. Excerpt from the UBC Guide to Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Procedures (RPT): Evidence of educational leadership is required for tenure/promotion in the Educational Leadership stream… It can include, but is not limited to…Contributions to the practice and theory of teaching and learning literature, including publications in peer-reviewed and professional journals, conference publications, book chapters, textbooks and open education repositories / resources.
  29. Oct 2017
    1. Emden, C. (1998). Establishing a ‘track record’: Research productivity and nursing academe.Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing,16(1), 29–33

      Discusses the adequacy of writing training and support in PhD programmes.

  30. May 2017
    1. Responses to Ed Folsom's "Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives

      So an interesting thing about this article is that i's part of a set of articles, all responding to the same essay by Ed Folsom about the Whitman Archive. Jerome McGann (big name in digital humanities) slammed it, saying he didn't understand what a database was. Meredith McGill criticizes a number of things he claims his archive can do. Hayles is actually pretty friendly to Folsom, and in his response, he mentions he wants to make use of her "natural symbionts" phrasing.

  31. Mar 2017
    1. That summer was the first time he rented an inexpensive cottage on Gotts, a remote island off the coast of Maine; it lacked running water and electricity but was covered in pine forests and romantic mists. There, he wrote Levin, he was “reading nothing more frivolous than Plotinus and Husserl,” and Harry was welcome to join him “if Wellfleet becomes too worldly.”

      Paul de Man is buried on Gotts

    1. I am still an outsider running an underground railway and I am needing folks to guide me: is this connectedcourses System A or a well-disguised System B.

      Both. These are not railway tracks they are intermingled and confusing networks - undergrowth and cash crops

    1. I was in Nancy in November 2010, for a conference which I blogged about in "What are you?".

      Academic power structure, values and education.

    2. I felt, perhaps wrongly as a result of my own fear, that I wasn't in the company of learners.

      Academic hierarchy power games. cf Bourdieu.

    3. I was in Clermont in 2008, a maverick, to talk about using social networks in teaching 

      I was only a maverick because of academic power structure.

      Who has the right to speak? In whose name?

  32. Jan 2017
    1. How can we, instead, meta-communicate liberation and possibility?
    2. While networked peer-to-peer mentoring may appear mundane and time consuming, in harkening back to Noddings’ concept of an ethic of care, we argue these connections and conversations should not be overlooked but cultivated, celebrated, and studied.
    3. More significantly, I believe, schools are losing an ability to matter, to influence things in the real world. If we are to change this, we academics must begin to rethink the arcane conventions that govern our way of being in this world. The traditional protocols of attribution, vetting, and credentialing have helped to preserve, protect, and maintain a closed and gated academic community. It may be safe, but it is also detached and, in many ways, infantilized and absurd.
  33. Jun 2016
    1. Results of our analysis show that there has been a consistent growth in the number of articles published over the past decade; from 1.3 million in 2003 to 2.4 million in 2013 (see Figure 1). At the same time, the number of authorships has increased at a far greater rate from 4.6 million in 2003 to 10 million in 2013.

      authorships are growing at a much faster rate than articles (though interestingly, "unique authors" are also growing at a faster rate than authors... though I think what they mean is the number of unique individuals identified as authors, however many times they are identified (= unique authors) vs. "number of names appearing in bylines (=authorships).

  34. May 2016
    1. ‘academic’ in the contemporary sense, and so co-designed, collaborative, located on the ground, and outputting accumulated learning through numerous channels.

      A very nice reframing of the term. Useful.

  35. Apr 2016
    1. McGill’s Dr. Sterne calls it “the gamification of research,”

      Most research is too expensive to really gamify. Many researchers are publishing to either get or keep their jobs. The institutionalization of "publish or perish" if anything has already accomplished the "gamification", Academia.edu is just helping to increase the reach of the publication. Given that research shows that most published research isn't even read, much less cited, how bad can Academia.edu really be?

    2. “I don’t trust academia.edu,”

      Given his following discussion, I can only imagine what he thinks of big publishers in academia and that debate.

    3. the platform essentially bans access for academics who, for whatever reason, don’t have an Academia.edu account. It also shuts out non-academics.

      They must have changed this, as pretty much anyone with an email address (including non-academics) can create a free account and use the system.

    4. 35 million academics, independent scholars and graduate students as users, who collectively have uploaded some eight million texts

      35 million users is a lovely number, but their engagement must be spectacularly bad if only 8 million texts are available.

  36. Mar 2016
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    1. Simply saying competition is divisive won’t raise standards for collaboration, and won’t create the grounds for hope. To do this, we urgently need to start collecting new stories and evidence of a different culture forged in kindness, that we know we can build together. Then maybe we need to start making our own videos.


    1. I told them you could work 60 hours a week, never take a holiday or weekend off, have internationally regarded publications – lots of them, write textbooks, be a great teacher, and managers will still ask for more. And more. I told them you are measured only by what you have not managed to achieve, not what you have achieved, never mind how valuable or prestigious.

      Unfortunately, this is how academics assess their students, too.

    2.  In effect, the status of an academic has slid from institutional asset to indentured servant.

      This is unsustainable, and is already leading to good academics leaving the academy.

  38. Feb 2016
    1. The author almost realized the much more important conclusion of the fact he lived. He shouldn't conclude the article by asking "what is the purpose of studying maths?" and then giving an three stupid answers.

      He should have asked: is this actually "knowledge" as they say academia brings to society? Is the money researchers earn being well spent? Did I actually deserve to be remunerated by this piece of work no one understands -- and, in fact, no one has read except for maybe three people?

    1. A coalition of some of the world’s key scholarly publishers, platforms, libraries, and technology organizations

      Important that academia is in this space. It's also important that annotations and connections can be open as this is how knowledge spreads and grows.

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