George Rudés “The Crowd in the French Revolution” is a text which has been loved, hated and underlined by university students all over the world. Since I have a long running in understanding how students read, analyse and write historical narratives, those grubby annotations are actually interesting, and I had an idea for a bit of work which could involve undergraduates in some research on their own metacognitive skills, and which might become an open collaborative project. I have done about three days work on it already, and realised that I have failed to create an ‘Open Research Notebook’ as yet, so this is a bit of catch up. Continue reading “Reading Rudé”
Coding in Primary schools is not really the solution to a shortage of skilled programmers right now; done badly, it won’t help in the future either. There is an emerging generation of kids who are growing up with smartphones and tablets, and ‘coding’ isn’t the skill they need to learn Continue reading “Primary Codes”
Religion is a difficult question for many people in the 2016 Irish Census. In 2011, 84.2% ticked the box as “Catholic” but it’s quite clear that figure is far higher than the number of actual practising and believing Catholics in the Republic. How can people navigate their way to marking an appropriate box on April 24th? Q. 12 is based on an assumption that most people have not thought about, and many no longer share: that spirituality must be structured by an organised religion. Continue reading “Losing my religion…”
Your son is old enough to run in a general election. Even though he is an outsider, I feel it’s good because
People who support Green policies should be able to vote for them, even in constituencies where the odds are against winning a seat. It all contributes to the national debate.
Participation by young candidates is important to sustain democracy. His
generation will face a radically different future, volatile and unpredictable, and they need to know that they can assert their ownership of public policy to build their future, and not feel alienated from politics.
So from here until polling day, I get to drive the car, hang some posters, hand out leaflets and shut up, mostly, probably, apart from the odd rant!
One of his candidate profiles is here – have a look.
I originally started requiring students to use mind minds as a tool to visualise the structure of single articles, separating argument and analysis from supporting evidence. Over time, our use of mindmaps has grown, to encompass mapping debates across multiple sources in order to construct a literature review, and from an essay planning tool to a tool to plan sharing of knowledge in a range of output formats – essay, poster, infographic, website, podcast and so on. As time has passed, the tools I’ve recommended have change: this is this years list of my favourites Continue reading “Mind Mapping, Knowledge Cartography 2015”
Thirty years ago, I felt that the state was the enemy of a free people; I still believe that is true even if liberalism has lost its way and become ‘neo’ which is an interesting pun if love The Matrix. Be warned – Rant mode is full on below this line! Continue reading “Small is even more beautiful now”
The $5 trillion wiped off the value of global equities as the Chinese market collapse spreads hasn’t all vanished – it’s just gone somewhere else in search of a different bubble. What is really spectacular is not the collapse of Chinese markets, but the capacity of people to ignore the obvious indicators that it was on the way. Continue reading “That $5 trillion isn’t gone away you know…”
New Semester in Six Weeks! The summer is flying by, this years cohort of Masters students are deep in writing their dissertations, most of the places for next year have been filled, BA offers will be going on in a few weeks, and new students are asking “What should I read before we start”. Reading into DH is a moving target, but here I suggest some of my favourite entry points. Most of this is freely available on the open web. Continue reading “Reading into Digital Humanities (Summer 2015)”
Greece stumbles between disaster and catastrophe this weekend; no one knows how it will turn out, no one is even clear on what they are voting on. We may never be clear on what is or has happened, but it seems to me that there are some things we can start to develop some perspective on. Continue reading “The Obligatory Greek Crisis Blog Post”
I find there is a serious flaw in academics strait-laced pursuit of “objective truth” as a holy grail, not only in the humanities but even in the ‘hard’ sciences. No one start out with a cold research question, and anyone who claims to do so is wrong. Continue reading “Curiosity to Objectivity”