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Mathieu Plourde

How to Build a Twitter Following - and Why You Should - 0 views

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    "I'd like to communicate with people both in and out of academe, and I have no moral objection to being paid for my time and effort. This - being a professor, a writer, a speaker - is how I make my living, after all."
Mathieu Plourde

If you are serious about climate change… stop attending conferences? - 0 views

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    "While this is hardly ever said, a sizeable fraction of government research funding goes toward paying expensive travel… because it is a nice perk. Lots of people love getting paid travel. And some of them like to travel to conferences where they will complain about how little is done against climate change…"
Mathieu Plourde

What does ratemyprofessors.com actually rate? - 0 views

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    "This research looks closely at claims that ratemyprofessors.com creates a valid measure of teaching effectiveness because student responses are consistent with a learning model. While some evidence for this contention was found in three datasets taken from the site, the majority of the evidence indicates that the instrument is biassed by a halo effect, and creates what most accurately could be called a 'likeability' scale."
Mathieu Plourde

Reflections about Being an Online Educator - 0 views

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    "In this framework, teaching was an intimate experience shared between teacher and student, the relationship was central. I knew who my student was and I knew, to some degree, if they learned what I intended to teach in the moment it was taught. I am now faced with a new kind of teaching; this mode of teaching provides a dimension to learning that challenges the core of who I am as an educator. This type of teaching is less about the act of teaching and more about the act of learning. In the past, I was an effective educator because I was good at being responsive in the moment, I could guide a conversation to deeper levels on the spot and I could redo and reteach based on in-the-moment assessments. But I am now facing a kind of teaching that doesn't make use of the teaching skills I have developed and refined over the years."
Mathieu Plourde

How to Make Prudent Choices About Your Tools - 0 views

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    After working with a tool for a while, you forget all the familiarity you've built up, all the muscle memory, all the ways that the tool is useful to you. Instead, all you see are the annoyances. But on the other hand, all you see about a new tool are the shiny new features, and you can't see all the hours and days you'll spend learning and adapting, fiddling and breaking the new tool.
Mathieu Plourde

Study finds choice of major most influenced by quality of intro professor - 0 views

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    Undergraduates are significantly more likely to major in a field if they have an inspiring and caring faculty member in their introduction to the field. And they are equally likely to write off a field based on a single negative experience with a professor.
Mathieu Plourde

The Déjà Vu of Today's Application Files - 0 views

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    Your application package will determine whether you make the shortlist, and you are the one who controls what it looks like
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