Critical learning analytics… | rowellc

I went to the SRHE for a workshop on critical learning analytics yesterday. There were three presentations.

For now we see through a glass, darkly – critical perspectives on the rise of learning analytics in the age of teaching ‘excellence’. Sue Timmis

Sue started with a discussion on what is Excellence? Based around the work of Readings (1996) The University of Ruins – Excellence is about performativity – self interested and internally focused. Furthermore, MacFarland (2015) talks about 3 further dimensions: 1. Presenteeism – as opposed to absentisim 2. Learnerism learning that is public…

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I will not be doing… | @ASTSupportaali

Half terms swing around with us all feel exhausted. Usually under the weather, and with another to do list! This time usually to do with our own lives, like get the car MOT, got to the bank, clean the house and so on.

I have written this short blog post to inform people of all of the things that I will not be doing over this half term and challenge you to think of your own list.
I will not be…
GETTING UP VIA THE ALARM OF DREAD AT 5.30AM!
CHECKING MY EMAILS EVERY HOUR OR SO/DAILY!
MARKING ANY BOOKS!
WEARING A THREE PIECE SUIT, SHIRT OR TIE! OR POLISHING MY SHOES!
EATING/DRINKING JUNK…

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They may not mean to, but they do. | theprimaryhead

    They fill you with the faults they had…   Philip Larkin was right. How many times have I heard teachers lament the negative impact some parents have on their children? Teaching would be easy, if it weren’t for the parents has been a commonly expressed mantra across the variety of schools I have … Continue reading They may not mean to, but they do.

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Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse | admin

In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers

Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was 21….

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Want your child to be a scientist? Give them a falcon or home brew kit | admin

Early contact with falconry, fossils or other activities can be vital in later exploration of Stem subjects, says study

A childhood brush with beekeeping, a foray into falconry or a fossil-hunting trip could inspire a new generation of much-needed engineers, scientists and mathematicians, new research suggests.

Schools are being urged to consider introducing children to a hobby related to science, technology, engineering and maths – the so-called Stem subjects – after a major study found that it could leave them with a lifelong interest and shape their career path.

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Oxbridge bashing is an empty ritual if we ignore wider social inequities | Priyamvada Gopal | admin

David Lammy is right to attack the lack of diversity at elite bodies, but the problems are far more deep seated

The numbers are clearly unacceptable. Several colleges in both Oxford and Cambridge frequently admit cohorts with no black students in them at all. Roughly 1.5% of total offers are made to black British applicants and more than 80% of offers are made to the children of the top two social classes. With offers made overwhelmingly to those in London and a handful of the home counties, both universities are consistently excluding entire ethnic and regional demographics. They also…

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