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  • universities « Liam McHugh-Russell
    use ePortfolios but it will not make them better learners The reality is the best way to increase student learning competence is for them to be reflectively engaged in the learning process to constantly push them to think about how they learn best to consider what they might learn from a given experience to adopt practices which maximize their own learning to experiment with alternatives to ask better questions In other words it requires departing from a simple image of education as a service that universities provide to students and recognize that education is work which requires creativity thought engagement and participation by students September 21st 2012 Tags education ePortfolios framing learning meta learning Paulo Freire teaching universities Category education One comment I suppose that s a profession I would like to be a part of Even if it is not immediately recognized as such Law as it is idealized by the new law student is the philosophy of state power Not in the explanatory sense of political science but quite literally the philosophy which the state itself cleaves to in the exercise of that power The idealistic among these students will join the ranks of the profession in the hopes that they might take part in contributing to this philosophy their own prejudices fantasies and ires But no matter how beneficial the edifice of the law or how lofty one s principles a tenuous bargain is involved in entering the walls of law s empire and it is one which should not be accepted lightly One is of course aware of the role of the professor to as it were continually attempt to expose the tears in the wall between the philosophy of the state and philosophy proper that is the human philosophy of everyday life But so too is it the job of the law student And if one is fearless in their thinking if one can escape from the work a day practices of the profession which result if without conspiracy at distracting from this question if one is willing to risk which is not to say sacrifice the comfort and security of professional certainty and relative class privilege then so too can this be the role of the working lawyer The job of the law professor then is not just to expose the breach It is to put the pick in the hands of the profession itself August 11th 2010 Tags academia law philosophy politics teaching universities Category law politics Leave a comment universities ii McGill is raising the tuition of their MBA program to 30 000 an order of magnitude increase Little surprise that Québec s government is incensed nor that the Globe and Mail editorial board is in favour From the Globe s argument McGill says the actual cost of running its program is 22 000 a year of which tuition and government subsidies pay 12 000 other school programs have to subsidize the remaining 10 000 We think that s backwards says Peter

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  • Wall Street « Liam McHugh-Russell
    facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It is is to make a mark in the world To like becomes not only to possess an internal orientation a feeling or an affect or an emotion but to engage in a form of communication one directed to a crowd of friends and acquaintances plus a less than predictable network of relations of relations In being inseparable from this act of communication to like something in this way leaves behind the world of private preferences secret pleasures silent joys The meaning of words lies not only in their use but in the networks of incoherent sometimes contradictory meanings they are used to express Words divide up the world into manageable categories leaving certain senses behind even as they pick up new ones picking up certain meanings and abandoning others Perhaps the current generation will never use like in ways that are noticeably different from how I do But it is one possible future of the word and of the world To finance is no longer limited to its original sense in English of paying a ransom to release a prisoner Nor is liking something bound to have quite the same freight or carry quite the same information as when we were young March 6th 2015 Tags facebook finance history history of science information James Gleick knowledge science science and technology studies Wall Street Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Wolves in Women s Clothing In a damning though fair review of Corey Robin s 2011 book painting conservative ideology as united only by the revanchist urge to maintain rule and a slightly less controversial text from a grinning TV posterboy of the American left Chris Hayes Andrew Seal argues that placing affect feeling of individuals at the centre of their analysis as he claims both authors do means consistently mistaking hegemony for hierarchy missing the forest for the trees and forgetting that if there is a ruling class that it then needs to be addressed as a class It s a mesmerizing superb piece of writing more than enough to scare me away me from either of his sources Invoking Tony Soprano and Jay Gatsby he writes that Robin s vocabulary of feudalism rhymes with preconceptions not yet articulated except as myths Yet in focusing away from affect and shining the spotlight instead on an amorphous class interest Seal might be cutting off

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  • writing « Liam McHugh-Russell
    drawn from Davidson s book to take somewhat arbitrary potshots at Tom Pynchon and Michael Ritchie s film The Candidate Of course attacking the content of critique and analysis in the undergraduate classroom is of course somewhat beside the point Luckily at the end of her post Heffernan gets back on point suggesting that higher education should be tied into the task of improving not deriding digital literacy What my friend s research highlights is that this is not simply a matter of insufficient room for collaboration web accountability or multimedia savvy instead improving learning outcomes may be simply a matter of designing assignments which allow students to write in a register which seems and is relevant like writing a blog post August 12th 2011 Tags blogs Cathy Davidson digital literacy education higher education learning technology Virginia Heffernan writing Category culture education One comment Am I a writer A friend and I argue science and social science and literature She posits with a grin in the end its all anthropology We bring a way of seeing to the world we create a record a reflection of what we see of what we think we see of who we think we are What is cultural practice is also cultural reading That reading is a record not only an event This is the uncomplicated and yet unfathomable insight that all the world s a text This textuality doesn t absolve us from choosing a way of living of choosing a way of seeing I reflect on Camus who suggests the opposite the bottomless reflectivity of meaning gives us the impossible burden the irreplacable gift of making just that choice In writing as in living we must start by asking why I read Aleksandar Hemon in the Believer I want a book to

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  • Brats « Liam McHugh-Russell
    des expériences personnelles Je suis attaché à ce livre bien sûr parce que je l ai écrit mais aussi parce qu il a servi de tool box à des personnes différentes les unes des autres comme les psychiatres de l antipsychiatrie britannique comme Szasz aux États Unis comme les sociologues en France ils l ont fouillé ont trouvé un chapitre une forme d analyse quelque chose qui leur a servi ultérieurement Les Mots et les Choses au fond est un livre qui est beaucoup lu mais peu compris Il s adressait aux historiens des sciences et aux scientifiques c était un livre pour deux mille personnes Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis Mais à certains scientifiques comme Jacob le biologiste prix Nobel il a servi Jacob a écrit La Logique du vivant il y avait des chapitres sur l histoire de la biologie sur le fonctionnement du discours biologique sur la pratique biologique et il m a dit qu il s est servi de mon livre Le petit volume que je voudrais écrire sur les systèmes disciplinaires j aimerais qu il puisse servir à un éducateur à un gardien à un magistrat à un objecteur de conscience Je n écris pas pour un public j écris pour des utilisateurs non pas pour des lecteurs This short quotation of course provides a delicious example of his strategy Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis what an asshole what a brat while demonstrating if one takes its key thrust about how he hoped his work on discipline and governance might be put to use and holds it up to the light of most the literature that subsequently drew on his work just how unsuccessful that strategy was December 11th 2015 Tags disciples followers

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  • Learning and Meta-Learning « Liam McHugh-Russell
    teacher and the student as polar opposites with the student as an empty vessel and the teacher as a the holder of knowledge with gets desposited in the learners On a substantive level his argument implied that both teacher and students are learners that both have knowledge to share that education should aim to combine that knowledge in a mutual learning process Fine but if I want to learn Portoguese then its likely that I am going to find a teacher who has more relevant knowledge than I do His criticism also has an implication about the process of learning Education is not a mechanical process I cannot in fact put my knowledge directly into your brain techno utopian fantasy notwithstanding Rather learning is necessarily active I can tell you something say the definition of GDP but your ability to remember it will depend on what you do when I tell you on whether you are writing it down when I am talking on what you are using to write it down on how soon you return to it after first hearing it My sense is that the best way to really learn the definition of GDP is to be forced to use it in practice or to reflect on its meaning why is it defined this way Why does the result of this calculation matter What would be wrong with other calculations How else might we have tried to capture this information How do we measure this aggregate in practice I would argue even further that the definition of GDP only becomes useful once a person can provide answers to these questions Memorizing the definition might get you marks on a test only your ability to think about it in context will make you a better economist Telling someone how a process or technique is supposed to aid their learning treats becoming a better learner meta learning as a passive rather than an active process Learning itself is a skill and like all skills it is only sharpened and refined through practice Telling students what contribution ePortfolios might make to learning therefore ignores both elements of Freire s insight first it assumes that the teacher knows exactly what contribution the process might make to the student s competence as a learner and that this knowledge is simply transferred to the student second it does not require students to use this knowledge and is almost sure to be ineffective at making them better learners In other words it may convince students to use ePortfolios but it will not make them better learners The reality is the best way to increase student learning competence is for them to be reflectively engaged in the learning process to constantly push them to think about how they learn best to consider what they might learn from a given experience to adopt practices which maximize their own learning to experiment with alternatives to ask better questions In other words it requires departing from a simple

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  • ePortfolios « Liam McHugh-Russell
    have knowledge to share that education should aim to combine that knowledge in a mutual learning process Fine but if I want to learn Portoguese then its likely that I am going to find a teacher who has more relevant knowledge than I do His criticism also has an implication about the process of learning Education is not a mechanical process I cannot in fact put my knowledge directly into your brain techno utopian fantasy notwithstanding Rather learning is necessarily active I can tell you something say the definition of GDP but your ability to remember it will depend on what you do when I tell you on whether you are writing it down when I am talking on what you are using to write it down on how soon you return to it after first hearing it My sense is that the best way to really learn the definition of GDP is to be forced to use it in practice or to reflect on its meaning why is it defined this way Why does the result of this calculation matter What would be wrong with other calculations How else might we have tried to capture this information How do we measure this aggregate in practice I would argue even further that the definition of GDP only becomes useful once a person can provide answers to these questions Memorizing the definition might get you marks on a test only your ability to think about it in context will make you a better economist Telling someone how a process or technique is supposed to aid their learning treats becoming a better learner meta learning as a passive rather than an active process Learning itself is a skill and like all skills it is only sharpened and refined through practice Telling students

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  • framing « Liam McHugh-Russell
    have knowledge to share that education should aim to combine that knowledge in a mutual learning process Fine but if I want to learn Portoguese then its likely that I am going to find a teacher who has more relevant knowledge than I do His criticism also has an implication about the process of learning Education is not a mechanical process I cannot in fact put my knowledge directly into your brain techno utopian fantasy notwithstanding Rather learning is necessarily active I can tell you something say the definition of GDP but your ability to remember it will depend on what you do when I tell you on whether you are writing it down when I am talking on what you are using to write it down on how soon you return to it after first hearing it My sense is that the best way to really learn the definition of GDP is to be forced to use it in practice or to reflect on its meaning why is it defined this way Why does the result of this calculation matter What would be wrong with other calculations How else might we have tried to capture this information How do we measure this aggregate in practice I would argue even further that the definition of GDP only becomes useful once a person can provide answers to these questions Memorizing the definition might get you marks on a test only your ability to think about it in context will make you a better economist Telling someone how a process or technique is supposed to aid their learning treats becoming a better learner meta learning as a passive rather than an active process Learning itself is a skill and like all skills it is only sharpened and refined through practice Telling students

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