What’s in a name? #3

I mentioned earlier, in a post about the first map to include the name America, that people should be more aware of the names of places used by the first people to live there. Well, here’s a map that can help with that. Indigenous geographies overlap in this colorful online map For centuries, indigenous peoples … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #3”

What’s in a name? #2

It looks strange now, but this Waldseemüller map from 1507 was cutting-edge in its day, incorporating the very latest reports from voyages of discovery that were taking place at the time. Not everyone agreed with the reports from a certain Amerigo Vespucci, however. The epic story of the map that gave America its name Contrarily, … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #2”

What’s in a name?

The difficulties of dealing with the past. The cost of changing a country’s name “African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised,” His Royal Highness, King Mswati III told those gathered there. At that moment he was still king of Swaziland – but Swaziland was to be no more. … Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

Texting in class, templates, HE admin, graduation

Professor Textblaster  Many of Todd McCann’s students suffer from a chronic disease. Call it CRS: Can’t Remember Squat. Now they have no excuse. Mr. McCann, an English instructor at Bay College, in Michigan, is deploying students’ own favorite technology to burn away the memory fog. He blasts his classes text-message reminders using Broadtexter, a free … Continue reading “Texting in class, templates, HE admin, graduation”

Show and tell and tell and tell

Here’s a guy who has a lot of time on his hands a thirst for knowledge. Meet the man behind a third of what’s on Wikipedia Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. It’s earned him not only accolades but almost legendary status on the internet. […] “I … Continue reading “Show and tell and tell and tell”

2018 in art and design

Another late December day, another round-up of what happened this year. It’s Nice That’s Review of the Year 2018 Well, 2018 was a year, wasn’t it? Between us, we’re quite glad that it’s (nearly) all over. Now’s the perfect time to reflect on creativity flourished in yet another turbulent 12 months on a topsy-turvy planet. … Continue reading “2018 in art and design”

The only way is up

Whilst I’ve not worked in the HE sector for about four years now, I still like to keep an eye on what’s going on. And I see the grade inflation debate is continuing. UK universities to hold inquiry into degree awards policies The report led by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education concludes that … Continue reading “The only way is up”