Better Eating International

I have been part of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a non-profit organization, Better Eating International, which wants to create videos to help people learn about, and transition into, a plant-based diet. The idea behind these videos is to educate people about the abuse of factory farmed animals, as well as to highlight the benefits of a plant-based diet. The organization does not intend to use shock value in these videos but, rather, animation to make its points. A lot of people can’t bear to watch the often graphic depiction of how animals are treated, thus the message can get lost; the idea is that a gentler approach might be more effective in reaching a larger number of people. As an educator, I appreciate the organization’s wish to educate, rather than to shock. The campaign overreached its financial target, which means that the project should go ahead. I look forward to the results.

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Six trends that will accelerate the adoption of technology in higher education

According to the 2014 Horizon report on higher education, the following trends will accelerate the adoption of technology:

  1. Growing ubiquity of social media
  2. Integration of online, hybrid, and collaborative learning
  3. Rise of data-driven learning and assessment
  4. Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators
  5. Agile approaches to change
  6. Evolution of online learning

The Ph.D.’s guide to a non-faculty job search

This post discusses strategies for PhD graduates to find non-academic positions and addresses the following questions: Where do I look for jobs? How do I meet people if I don’t have contacts outside academe? Did I just waste the past eight years of my life on this doctorate when I should have been earning an M.B.A.?

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LOL my thesis

This blog, published by a senior at Harvard University, invites students to submit plain English versions of their thesis titles to often amusing effect.  Examples include:

  • The dictionary can be a dangerous place to search for the meaning of a word.
  • They knew a thing or two about computer security in 1641.
  • We came. We saw. We set some limits.
  • It is possible to build an academic career out of injecting globs of virus into people’s eyes