EduLinks – 10 More Goodies

10 more resources for you to indulge in.  Let’s go!

1. Economist – A world of hits

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to films, music, books, and so on.  Entertainment is easy to come by.  But it seems we still pick up on what’s popular and lap it up even more.  Just as it seemed the blockbuster was a thing of the past, runaway successes are becoming even more popular.  At the same time, less popular things are suffering:

“A show that reaches 10m Americans today is worth a lot more than a show that reached 10m at the beginning of this decade. Simon Cowell, the star judge on ‘American Idol’, reportedly renewed his contract earlier this year for more than $100m over three seasons. He is probably worth it.”

2. Independent – Time to wave goodbye to old-fashioned lecture notes

How’s this for a way of getting good, quick, solid feedback to your work?

3. Wired – Do Speedy Math in Your Head

Calculators aren’t hard to come by now. Just whip out your mobile phone and there’s a calculator function for you.  Sorted.  But if you’re stuck for that, or want to impress someone with your mathematical abilities (or need to learn a few techniques for an exam that doesn’t allow a calculator…) you can get some helpful tips here.

4. PickTheBrain – 8 Reasons We Don’t Do Things We Should and How To Break the Mould

Is the easy road really that easy?  A challenging path can take you much further and it could be easier than you imagine.

5. From PsyBlog – The Chameleon Effect

“In some senses, when two people are really getting along, their feet-waggling and face-touching in perfect harmony, it’s like they’ve hypnotised each other.”

6. Scott Young – The 10 Really Obvious Ways to Be More Productive

Advice doesn’t need to be complicated.  The clearer points are just as important.  I try to follow much of the advice given in Scott’s post, but it’s way too late for me to follow the first productivity tip.  I’m fine with that; I wouldn’t have it any other way…

7. TwiTip – 8 Characters to Make Your Tweets Sparkle

Want to know how to type out characters like • and ♥ and ♫?  This article over at TwiTip shows you how.  Then again, there’s always Tweet Smarter if you want an online interface to Tweet special characters.

8. MakeUseOf.com – Some Cool Keyboard Tricks That Few People Know About

More keyboard productivity goodness.  Some Windows tips and some for Firefox.  Well worth learning (or bookmarking!).

9. Martin Hall – Teaching and Learning Revisited

The Vice-Chancellor of Salford publishes various responses he’s had on matters such as:

  • Is a student a customer?
  • How should great teaching be recognised?
  • What makes a good university?
  • What (and who) are universities for?

10. The American Scholar – The Decline of the English Department

A lengthy article on the changing state of undergraduate education in the US.  A massive drop in those studying humanities and a huge increase in those studying business.  Guess what? Among others things, money plays a big part in the changes.  As the cost of education increases, study becomes more about future career prospects than the pursuit of learning.  And while scientists are bringing in money, humanists are consuming money.

An excerpt:

“Meanwhile, undergraduates have become aware of this turmoil surrounding them in classrooms, hallways, and coffee lounges. They see what is happening to students only a few years older than themselves—the graduate students they encounter as teaching assistants, freshman instructors, or ‘acting assistant professors.’ These older students reveal to them a desolate scene of high career hopes soon withered, much study, little money, and heavy indebtedness. In English, the average number of years spent earning a doctoral degree is almost 11. After passing that milestone, only half of new Ph.D.’s find teaching jobs, the number of new positions having declined over the last year by more than 20 percent; many of those jobs are part-time or come with no possibility of tenure. News like that, moving through student networks, can be matched against, at least until recently, the reputed earning power of recent graduates of business schools, law schools, and medical schools. The comparison is akin to what young people growing up in Rust Belt cities are forced to see: the work isn’t here anymore; our technology is obsolete.”

One comment

  1. Wow, I am an English Major, and I think about my prospects often. A lot of us are heading off to law school after graduating when originally we were looking forward to being book editors, teachers, and writers. One girl I know even switched to business!

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