Are MOOCs the new evening classes?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are big news at the moment. It seems that nearly every week there is a news item or blog post variously describing them as the future of, or replacement for, traditional university eduction. However this view may be missing the point. What if the real power of MOOCs is simply […]

The Cloud Academic: Part 1

There has been a fundamental shift in the way in which we work as academics. No longer are we tied to our desks, hard-wired internet/intranet connections or dusty collections of texts and papers. It is now possible, and in some cases desirable and more productive, to work from home, from libraries, in the field, from […]

What should an academic look like?

Since embarking on an academic career a  few years ago, I have found myself constantly struggling with the issue of my appearance at work – trying to strike a balance between being myself, and appearing suitably professional and authoritative. I know that this is an issue for others too and so thought I would reflect […]

Inductions, Admissions and Timetable Hell

Image courtesy of s.khai on Flickr Well, here it is – the start of another teaching semester. I thought I would take a little time to reflect on the administrative nightmare that unfortunately distracts many of us from the important job of preparing inspiring teaching material  and actually teaching itself… Like this:Like Loading…

Annual leave, Grant proposals and Postgraduate teaching qualifications…

It’s been over a month since my last post here. I thought that I owe it to my reader (hi mum!) to explain what has been keeping me from updating the blog and some reflections on the last few weeks… Like this:Like Loading…

Developing an Academic Publishing Strategy

Last week I tweeted the fact that I had received a rejection email from a high-ranking Journal less than 24 hours after I had submitted. The email stated that “We now have many more submissions for our refereeing process than we can cope with”. This annoyed me, not so much the rejection, more that it […]