How I learned to stop worrying and love edupunk

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A keynote lecture about life, the universe and (almost) everything academic at Griffith University, 2013

How I learned to stop worrying and love edupunk

  1. 1. How I learned to stop worrying and love Edupunk Dr Inger Mewburn Director of research training The Australian National University aka @thesiswhispererThursday, 28 February 13
  2. 2. It’s all this man’s fault...Thursday, 28 February 13
  3. 3. The world is kind of screwed up. Clever people can make a difference. My mission: I help research students finish, so they can get out there and make a difference.Thursday, 28 February 13
  4. 4. How can I carry out my mission? Lots of ways. The Thesis Whisperer blog is one.Thursday, 28 February 13
  5. 5. Blogging is a big commitmentThursday, 28 February 13
  6. 6. ...it’s been an interesting ride The a**hole spikesThursday, 28 February 13
  7. 7. Why am I here today? I love the university, but I’m a bit worried about it.Thursday, 28 February 13
  8. 8. “The university is like a bad boyfriend”, Simon FrenchThursday, 28 February 13
  9. 9. Gabriel Tarde: super cool economics guy. The problem is not that we measure, but that we don’t measure enough. (or the right things?)Thursday, 28 February 13
  10. 10. The world is changing - have enough academics noticed?Thursday, 28 February 13
  11. 11. New forms of publishing are emergingThursday, 28 February 13
  12. 12. These new metrics are a form of soft power. For universities, yes, but also for individualsThursday, 28 February 13
  13. 13. Key selection criteria: “Can demonstrate leadership and global impact of their research and scholarship”Thursday, 28 February 13
  14. 14. The metrics are not always clear...Thursday, 28 February 13
  15. 15. What sort of attitude do you need to survive in the ‘bad boyfriend’ university?Thursday, 28 February 13
  16. 16. Edupunk. “...aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom” (Wikipedia)Thursday, 28 February 13
  17. 17. I can’t do edupunk because: I don’t have time I’m not interested I can’t write like thatThursday, 28 February 13
  18. 18. 5 reasons you don’t have time not to be an edupunk (and what you can do about it)Thursday, 28 February 13
  19. 19. “Permanent academics are like the skeleton staff in a knowledge factory. Casuals are the shift workers”, Dr Ian GribbleThursday, 28 February 13
  20. 20. The CV is being replaced - with GoogleThursday, 28 February 13
  21. 21. You are more than a list, or a profile picture.Thursday, 28 February 13
  22. 22. “The pedagogy of abundance", Martin Weller Online education Online education 1999 2013Thursday, 28 February 13
  23. 23. You need more than one brain to be an advanced knowledge worker.Thursday, 28 February 13
  24. 24. As @johnwlamp says: It’s no longer a matter of ‘publish or perish’, but ‘be visible or vanish’. So - what can you do?Thursday, 28 February 13
  25. 25. LurkThursday, 28 February 13
  26. 26. “Ing” + = “Dr Mewburn” Recognise are multiple. Design your online self.Thursday, 28 February 13
  27. 27. Act like it’s a gift economyThursday, 28 February 13
  28. 28. http:// "Its been a surprise to me melissaterras.blogspot.c to see what papers of om.au/2012/04/is- blogging-and-tweeting- mine are of interest to about-research.htm others", Melissa Terras l Understand your career as a niche marketing problemThursday, 28 February 13
  29. 29. Be brave. Have fun.Thursday, 28 February 13
  30. 30. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma GandhiThursday, 28 February 13
  31. 31. thank you. You can find me on Google.Thursday, 28 February 13

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