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Nick Carr writes about e-textbooks, quoting research that students don’t like them, or at least they prefer conventional textbooks. Seems reasonable to me. We know a lot more about the design of conventional textbooks, layout, indexing, and interaction and so on. But for dermatology it seems to me e-textbooks offer a way forward. If you […]

Feb 25, 2013

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Student support In 2009 Denmark spent 0.55% of gross national product (GNP) on the SU, while Finland, Norway and the UK respectively spent 0.34%, 0.27% and 0.043% of GNP. In the UK, the proportion of GNP spent on student aid is thus 13 times lower than in Denmark. University World News

Of the educational sort. From the NYT Landon Crider, a courier at Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh, graduated from Georgia State University.Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people […]

If you are not a medic and reading this blog, and would like to take part in some research over the net into how to diagnosis melanoma, click here. The link is  http://minaret.ppls.ed.ac.uk/somi/melanoma.php You will be shown some pictures, and asked to judge whether they are melanomas or not. What you see is ‘randomised’ so you […]

Feb 09, 2013

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Prior to the internet, the last technology that really reorganized teaching was the microphone. Without a microphone, manageable class size tops out at about 50. With a microphone, the sky’s the limit—you can have huge lectures with expensive profs, and lots of sections taught by cheap TAs and adjuncts. What’s not to like? The microphone […]

Feb 07, 2013

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Via Martin Weller Unless you’ve been in a very long meeting you can’t have missed the story about the Coursera/Georgia Tech MOOC that ran into difficulty and was cancelled (yes, we get the irony that it was Fundamentals of Online Education, no need to go on about it). More at computing education blog Not all the best […]

My letter in the BMJ is here. Sadly they sanitised my rapid response (here) which ended saying: Finally, the simplest explanation for the persistence of SLN — in the absence of convincing RCT support— is surely that given by people such as John Wennberg in explaining variation in health care provision: money — or at […]

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