Category Archives: Academia Nuts

Bottom Lines and Reproducibility

I have a thing about reproducibility. I’m not the only one as this post on In The Pipeline shows.  Nothing annoys me more than someone spending their time and someone else’s money to carry out an experiment then not taking … Continue reading

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On Final Year Projects

After a week of meeting with new project students, and answering many of the same questions several times, I’ve been scouting back through the archives looking for what I’ve said previously on the subject of surviving a final year project. … Continue reading

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Begin again

The semester is 3 days old. The new students have arrived and are progressing through welcome week. 2nd and 3rd years are walking the fine line between enjoying themselves and starting classes. Staff are wrangling teaching materials into shape and … Continue reading

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The Reciprocal Space of Social Media

In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a … Continue reading

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Maths for Chemistry

I attended the HEA Developments in Mathematics Support for the Physical Sciences one day meeting at Liverpool University back in April. Various speakers described how maths was tackled in their subject at their university (I was one of them, describing … Continue reading

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Sustainable Chemistry

One of our new 2nd year modules this year was Sustainable Chemistry and it was an opportunity to tackle elements of Education for Sustainable Development and bring in different assessments to develop broader skill. I thoroughly recommend combing the two … Continue reading

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Riper Flipping?

I’m still brooding over the issue of flipping lectures as discussed here.  Having discussed some related issues with a couple of handy colleagues, I’m struck (yet again) by the quantity of reinventing the wheel that goes on. Open education resources … Continue reading

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The Phase Diagram of Teaching

I am somewhat…fed up…of some of the arguments made by academics at all levels within the ‘system’ with regard to teaching. There is, rightly or wrongly, an attitude that because everyone is ‘doing’ teaching, everyone is good at it.  I … Continue reading

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Ripe for the Flipping

I realised yesterday, whilst battling through a big pile of work (bank holiday? What’s that?) that one of my 1st year lecture courses would be far more interesting flipped. I was preparing summary slides for a revision class and it … Continue reading

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Crash, Flash, Splat!

This week I did two outreach activities. One was making PVA slime and alginate worms with around 50 ten and eleven year olds from a local primary school, and the other was a demo lecture as part of the Salters’ … Continue reading

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