EduLinks – Inside, outside, inside-out

EduLink madness.  Time for another dose of goodies.

NUS – Students told to protect themselves from unscrupulous landlords

Advice for students on moving into rental property.  Includes a list of top tips.

Radio 4 Today – Students chose subjects ‘far too early’

A Cambridge principal has suggested that degrees should last 4 years.  A first year of broader study would help students make better decisions for the future.  At present, they believe students are not able to make a proper choice at an early age and without proper understanding of what they are choosing.

Would you have liked a first year with more range of study subjects to help you make a clearer choice?

Mind Hacks – Against Narrativity

Do we understand ourselves through stories, or are there other ways?

From Futurity – Mind-body connection is a touchy subject

Physical concepts such as roughness, hardness, and warmth are among the first that infants develop. They are critical to how young children and adults eventually develop abstract concepts about people and relationships, such as discerning the meaning of a warm smile or a hard heart.

Touch is an important sense for exploration of the world, and so these sensations help create the mental scaffold upon which we build our understandings of the world as we grow older.

e! Science – Memory links to 40 winks

Sleep is so awesome. Nice work, sleep!

Huffington Post – 11 of the craziest things about the universe

The sun could be made out of bananas and it wouldn’t drop in temperature. Every breath you take contains an atom breathed out by Marilyn Monroe. And so on.

Every time I type the word ‘universe’, I always instinctively type ‘university’.  Can’t imagine why…

Critical Thinking lecture series

What is critical thinking, where does it come from, and how do we think critically? Don Ward takes us on a journey.

Northwest History – How to Read a Book in One Hour

Reading from cover to cover is something you’re likely to do with a novel, but it doesn’t work so well with a dense academic text.  Especially if you’re looking for core messages and key quotations.  Among the advice given in this piece is one suggestion I often follow myself:

“Read two academic reviews of the book you photocopied beforehand. Don’t skip this step, these will tell you the book’s perceived strengths and weakness. Allow five minutes for this.”

I sometimes go overboard and read as many as 10 reviews if there are that many available.  I prefer to browse as many reviews as I can because they touch upon different aspects and from different points of view.  You may not be able to get the quotations that way, but it should help your search after, since it gives you a grounding for what is in the book.

Times Higher Education – The Great Unknown

How does a university become ‘outstanding’?  Can you accurately rate a university in terms of success?  The author states, “The great university exists, or potentially exists, in all universities.”

I enjoyed HallyMk1’s description of the piece:

“What makes a great university? Man burns lots of carbon to claim that it’s league tables.”

As for the author’s conclusion, I’ll leave you with that:

“In a world of often opposing forces – financial, political, institutional – one thing is certain: the force of higher education, what it is and what it can be, is most certainly human ambition. As this is of our own making, it seems clear that we are much more than tourists in higher education; instead, as its inhabitants we must take ultimate responsibility for it.”