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.


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.?


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