When a lecturer talks with his/ her back to the students to write on the board, hard of hearing students can’t lip-read.
South African universities aren't catering to students with hearing problems. Here's what can be done.
When academics are pushed to publish and to compete, teaching and research can take a back seat.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It's important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone.
Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.
Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig star as John and Maggie in this intelligent, satirical screwball comedy.
Rebecca Miller's latest film, Maggie's Plan, takes on a love triangle and the tribal customs of academia.
Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher?
Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar's behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?
Lecturing is an important, intimidating job and the academic’s role is changing all the time.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students.
Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
Tertiary institutions in South Africa, like the University of Cape Town (pictured here), are in a state of flux and change.
South Africa's universities are in a state of upheaval. Academic developers must rethink their own purpose and how they work with academics in this environment to foster positive change.
What sets brilliant university lecturers apart from their more average peers?
Teaching often comes second to research in universities. A group of award winning lecturers explains why teaching is the best part of their work.
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?
South Africa’s university students – and academics – are coming out of the shadows to share their stories and change the system.
An academic who has marched alongside students during university fee protests in South Africa explains why their demands resonate with her and so many others.
Sometimes it’ll be tough going, but there’s great joy in working towards a PhD.
Completing a PhD is a process that takes years. There are several ways to make this a happy, productive time rather than a period of endless misery.
Academics doing battle with the Home Office.
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Academics are on the frontline, battling the Home Office over new visa regulations.
The possibility of a gun in a classroom may lead to fear in a learning environment
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Classrooms are places of genuine human engagement, debate, thought and passion. Guns undermine the openness and vulnerability necessary for learning.