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Transgender students, serious academics, USMLE Step 2, integrative learning, and more: Required Readings, 08.08.16

The “good Pope” believes that schools are teaching children that they can choose their gender. ‘The pope blamed what he called “ideological colonising” backed by “very influential countries,” which he did not identify.’ Seriously, a Pope is complaining about ideological colonization via schools? Has the man ever picked up a …

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Lecture-free college courses, social media publishing, climate brainwashing, bad timing in Texas, and more: Required Readings, 07.29.16

Losing the lecture in higher education: Innovation or problematic pedagogy? The role of social media in scholarly publishing Oklahoma’s Sen. Jim Inhofe is spitting mad that his granddaughter was “brainwashed” at public school to believe that climate change is real. For those not aware, Sen. Inhofe happens to be the chair …

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Infolit for first-gen students, American intellectualism, helping quiet kids succeed, academic social media, and more: Required Readings, 07.14.16

Critical information literacy and first-generation college students A new book reimagines popular notions of American intellectualism How teachers can: Help “quiet kids” tap their superpowers Encourage cross-racial friendships Academics’ use of social media is changing the face of scholarly publishing The Secular Student Alliance is asking both the Democratic and …

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Teaching MLK, information about information, historic images, IT in higher ed, copyright restrictions in Europe: Required Readings, 01.18.16

I’m a day late with this one: Teaching MLK’s Life The past week saw a variety of stories relevant to anyone interested in learning, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and information: A resource for instructors in need of ideas for research assignments: Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments) A look at …

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Flags down at Ole Miss, social media diversity, learning software, teachers and librarians, new UNC system leader, and #icanhazpdf: Required Readings, 10.25.15

Filed under “Things I Never Thought I’d See”: student senators at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., “Ole Miss”) voted last week to remove the state flag from campus because it incorporates the Confederate battle flag. In an era where what you see in your search results and your Facebook feed …

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On the Market II: Digital Footprints

In the course of my usual social media browsing I came across this article in the Chronicle, which encourages (nay, demands!) that academics take control of their online presence through the creation of a personal website that links to and integrates all of their social media accounts and professional activities. …

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Education in 2015, the Jesuit brand, textbook troubles, tiny terrorists, and social media: Required Readings, 1.5.15

The end of a calendar year brings with it an abundance of compiled lists by various and sundry experts: best nonfiction, top newsmakers, scariest graphs about climate change, most successful new restaurants. As such, Required Readings doesn’t want you to miss these education stories to watch, 15 education predictions for …

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Retirement, critical thinking education, school holidays, fair use, and more: Required Readings, 11.16.14

I’m going to set this Required Reading down gently and then back away quickly: Should tenured faculty retire earlier than they are now? Educators interested in teaching critical thinking, reason, philosophy, ethics, and so on (which should really be all of us) may want to check out this developing project from the creator …

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Pop Quiz: Students and Social Media

Recently I received a friend request from a former student on Facebook.  This was actually the second friend request that I received from this former student.  The first time he tried to friend me was right after he finished my class.  I denied that request and sent a message back …

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Required Readings, 26 September 2013

JREF releases a 10-part Ray Hyman lecture series. Social media audits on the horizon for universities. “SPOCS” are coming? The 99s in New York. JREF releases a free lecture series called “How To Think About Dubious Claims by Ray Hyman” – Well, I think Ray Hyman isn’t making the dubious …

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