What to do about the Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Before talking about the LC, I just thought I’d mention my last blog post. It was born out of frustration, frustration probably heightened by the nonsense we read daily from conspiracy theorists about Covid-19, 5G etc. Losing the head about education has been an enduring feature of my career and I might write about that sometime in the future! But for now, what are we to do about the Leaving Cert and college entry for 2020/2021 …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 18 April]

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Why Ninth Level Ireland has passed its sell-by date

Posted in Life on April 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“It seemed like a great idea: a sort of clearing house where links to articles and papers of broad educational significance would be provided. It used to be my go-to website first thing in the morning when I wanted to get my brain in gear. I though it was brilliant. I aspired to be Number 1 on its most-read list …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 14 April]

The Blogmeister writes: It’s settled, then – no new post will be published here until Greg verifies that (1) the author wasn’t ‘disgruntled’ and (2) the views in it aren’t ‘ridiculous’. Then this blog will return to its former glory, and all will be well 😎.


Why I blog

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As of now my last two blogs are at number 1 and number 2 on the wonderful https://9thlevel.ie/. In the first blog I suggested that quality reviews had a fundamental weakness in that many of the proposals made by review panels were based on ideology or opinion rather than evidence. In the second I suggested that universities needed to be a lot more transparent about how they spend their money …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 7 November]


How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2017 by steve

“A multi-author blog collective is an effective way for a university or other knowledge-based institution to host discussion and debate. As part of a series previewing their book Communicating Your Research with Social Media, Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Chris Gilson and Sierra Williams look at how to set up an institution-based multi-author blog platform; from planning all the way to launch …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 8 August]


If you blog, will you lose your job? via @THESISWHISPERER

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the joys of working as an educator at third level is the academic freedom that we enjoy. This isn’t a licence to do whatever we like, but in my case it allows me to run a YouTube channel (which I would not have been able to do in my previous job because it would have been in competition with the company’s business), and to blog …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 June]

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Collapsing Ivory Towers? A hyperlink analysis of the German academic blogosphere

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Germany“In a substantial analysis of over 500 German-speaking science blogs, Jonas Kaiser and Benedikt Fecher look at what hyperlinks are used within prominent science blogs to investigate how scientists link to each other and outside sources. Using visualisation and mapping software, their results show how science blogs form new networks beyond traditional disciplines and interact with the wider general blogosphere …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 September]

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NCI Guest Blog Post ‘A Day in the Life of a Lecturer’

Posted in Life on May 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Last week I wrote a guest blog post for the National College of Ireland Blog about a day in the life of a Lecturer, which was published yesterday. I chose the last Wednesday of Semester II to log my activities for the day – this was my longest and busiest day of the week …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 6 May]

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Science blogs and online trolling: Do below-the-line comment spaces help or hurt science communication?

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“Questions have been raised over whether allowing comments on blogs and other sites is conducive to wider understanding of science. Jonathan Mendel and Hauke Riesch present a look at how online comments, even uncivil ones, can positively benefit community cohesion and inclusive engagement …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 21 November]

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Developing an Academic Writing Blog

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Writing is a really good way of sharing knowledge, experience and research. I find the process of writing helps me clarify thoughts and experiences and often gives me new ideas. It’s also a very good way to make connections with people who share common concerns but who perhaps operate in different contexts …” (more)

[Helen Fallon, libfocus, 10 November]


Should academic lawyers blog?

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2014 by steve

“As an academic lawyer who writes his own blog, as well as contributing occasionally to others, my answer to the question ‘Should academic lawyers blog?’ is, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘Yes’. However, I was recently prompted …” (more)

[Mark Elliott, Public law for everyone, 24 June]

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The future of blogs, the future of journals

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Following a presentation I gave recently at an academic writing seminar in NUI Maynooth Library, I have been thinking about what the future of blogging as part of the scholarly communication process might look like, and in particular, how blogs and journals can co-exist, and even support each other …” (more)

[Michelle Dalton, libfocus, 11 March]

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Blogging can be a release from all the structural pressures corroding the creative impulse in academic writing

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2014 by steve

“Mark Carrigan untangles the mixture of creativity and routine when academics sit down to convey complex thoughts. Waiting for the organic moment of inspiration when deadlines loom can be unreliable …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 6 March]

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Notes on ‘academic blogging’

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“I had a fun day on Tuesday, as my friend Stuart White had invited me to speak at a conference on ‘academic blogging’, to be precise ‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age’ at Oxford …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 27 February]


Four Years A’Bloggin’

Posted in Life on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Four years ago this week, I imported my few posts from my old blog ‘Electrified Chalk’, and ‘Is this Going to Be on the Exam’ was born. 138 139 posts later, it is still trundling along …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 24 February]


Academic group proposes editor blogging ban to keep ‘professional’ tone

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2014 by steve

International“A major academic body is proposing that editors of its journals be banned from blogging in an effort to maintain a ‘professional’ environment …” (more)

[Amanda Holpuch, Guardian, 29 January]

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Two Dublin Cinemas that show the connection between show business and academia

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2013 by steve

“Show business is very old. Arguably, the first philosophers were in that business. If what you say is important, you need to ensure that as many people hear it as is possible. Socrates, for instance, worked in the Athenian Agora …” (more)

[McGarr Solicitors, 30 December]


Academic blogging is part of a complex online academic attention economy, leading to unprecedented readership

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2013 by steve

“As academics with a reputation for being successful bloggers, we often get asked with an air of doubt and trepidation: ‘Should I blog?’ Many of our colleagues seem worried that blogging and being active on social media is yet another addition to their already heavy work regime …” (more)

[Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson, Impact of Social Sciences, 12 December]


What are academic bloggers up to?

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2013 by steve

“A great article for the Guardian Higher Education Network by Pat Thomson and Inger Mewburn on bloggers in higher education. The piece is a summary of an article in a special edition of Studies in Higher Education and the longer one is well worth reading too …” (more)

[Registrarism, 11 December]


Law School Head Says Blogging is ‘Not Academic Work’

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish law blog Cearta.ie is offline this morning after its owner, Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College, shut it down in response to a decision regarding its academic value …” (more)

[Conn Ó Muíneacháin, Technology, 4 December]


Academic blogging: a risk worth taking?

Posted in Research on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“After her blog was republished without credit, PhD student Lucy Williams says we must confront this ‘shameless exploitation’ …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 4 December]

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