Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable” – Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…

Resilience in Academia

Resilience is the ability the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Academic resilience therefore can be understood as the ability of students and/or staff to achieve appropriately good educational outcomes despite adversity. It’s not rocket science. For positive progress of staff and students facing…

Individualism and Gratitude in Higher Education 

Higher education can seem somewhat individualistic. I remember one academic comparing teaching to an egg box – where we are all connected but work in individual silos. The mass individualism which may settle in some departments and schools can corrupt the culture and environment of a sector which must influence and educate. I reflect on, but…