Category: Teaching

The importance of stupidity in scientific research | Journal of Cell Science | The Company of Biologists

Even though this is about science and PhD students, I think it applies to wicked problems in general and undergraduate students. First, I don’t think students are made to understand how hard it is to do research. And how very, very hard it is to do important research. It’s a lot harder than taking even very demanding courses. What makes it difficult is that research is immersion in the unknown. We just don’t know what […]

Teaching in the Age of Disinformation

Students would benefit, Caulfield says, if professors spent more time explaining how their discipline functions. Who do the experts turn to to understand how something in their field works? How is knowledge built? Describing to students how the World Health Organization comes up with its guidance around Covid-19, and how that differs from the CDC’s decision-making process, he says, is of greater long-term value for most students than understanding how mitochondria operate. Source: Teaching in […]

Teaching in the Age of Disinformation

Mercieca works within those parameters by teaching students the history and theory of propaganda: What is it, how it works, and why people on both the left and right can fall prey to it. Her students read Noam Chomsky’s critiques of the mainstream media alongside reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Source: Teaching in the Age of Disinformation