Category Archives: Academia Nuts

Getting Started in Pedagogic Research #ChemPedR

Last Wednesday I headed to London to attend the Getting Started in Pedagogic Research event at Burlington House (home of the Royal Society of Chemistry). I previously attended this event in 2012, missed last year for some reason and also … Continue reading

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Getting Slimy

I think we’re going to hit the 1000 bags of slime target tomorrow. There is an event on campus for 10 year olds, and we’re expecting a fair number. I’ve not been keeping precise count of the numbers we’ve reached, … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading (Teaching) #FF

A bloggy follow Friday of sorts. Education in Chemistry have started a blog, with several posts by Michael Seery. Well worth a look for anyone interested in education as the content is translatable beyond Chemistry. And if that isn’t enough … Continue reading

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Examinations

I’ve set lecture planning to one side for a week or so while I tackle the growing mound of exam style questions that need producing. That’s pretty hard going really and should inspire some good reflections on what has been … Continue reading

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How do you teach?

With all the discussion of the relative merits or demerits of powerpoint, I thought it might be useful to take a step back and consider broadly what I’m doing in each of my classes and why. General Considerations All lectures … Continue reading

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On Techniques and Aspirations

It’s Friday evening and my patience is running short, so I’ll try to keep it brief. Powerpoint and the like are tools, and the use to which tools are put is important in determining their worth in teaching. Tools can … Continue reading

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On Tools and Aspirations

I hearĀ readĀ things about the role of PowerPoint (and related presentation software like Prezi and Keynote and whatever the free equivalents are called) in teaching and I rarely hear anything particularly positive. At the extreme end I hear people calling for … Continue reading

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Lessons from Week 10

It is week 10 of the semester here and that means that everyone is pretty fraught. Deadlines, marking, the uncovery of under- or un-prepared lectures right before Christmas and for some, the residual effects of REF2014. Despite all that, there … Continue reading

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Christmas Conference Season

A draft post from December 2011, never published but worth considering this year before the Christmas conference season is once again upon us. – From the look of my Twitter timeline, and the absence of a handful of colleagues, it … Continue reading

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Project Survival Guide

All of our final year students do an independent research project irrespective of degree. There’s little point in discussing how to select a project in the first place because most institutions ask students to pick a selection of projects and … Continue reading

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