Electronic Annotation of Student Essays (without Grademark)

Last year, I wrote about electronic marking with Grademark. The system had many advantages, including full integration with TurnItIn’s Originality Check software package. Students submitted their work online and it was stored in an online repository that I could access anywhere with an internet connection. I could create custom rubrics and pre-programmed annotations, such as […]

Keep Your Arms and Legs Inside the Lecture at All Times

Approximately 72 hours before my first lecture of my new American Crises module, I decided to abandon the twelve PowerPoint presentations I had already created in favour of an experiment with Prezi, a flash-based presentation platform. After composing and delivering eight lectures, I am ready to offer my initial thoughts. What’s the Difference? Unlike PowerPoint, […]

Research Taxonomies; or, Things that from a long way off look like flies.

  [Borges] quotes a ‘certain Chinese encyclopaedia’ in which it is written that ‘animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) inumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from […]

Enlightened Self-Interest; or, Why I Record my Lectures

As another term begins, sticky issues of ethics and efficiency reassert themselves on my worried mind. This is the first year that students are matriculating under the new fee-structure in England and Wales and the fine line between teacher and commercial purveyor of intellectual goods is becoming increasingly blurred–or so we have been told. ‘They will expect […]

Anonymous Marking and the Damage it Causes

Some time ago, before the start of conference season, I spoke about what I saw as the myth of gendered writing. The original aim of that article, the morality of anonymous marking, will now be presented. Let us begin with a simple statement. I do not believe that anonymous marking is a moral practice. I […]

Reasonable Expectations of Reading (Lists)

Last week I began the arduous task of creating weekly reading lists for my new module. I had, perhaps foolishly, redesigned the lecture and seminar schedule from its previous incarnation and therefore needed to redesign the bibliographies as well. When I designed the lecture programme I went with my strengths and interests. What was I most […]