Podcasting Higher Ed

Some years ago the first podcasts emerged in higher education. Initially these were mostly downloadable lecture series, mainly from US universities. Universities like Berkeley and Stanford took the lead here but soon many other US universities followed and later, also some UK universities jumped the iTunes U bandwagon. In the Netherlands, the universities of Wageningen, Leiden and Rotterdam were the first to podcast lectures. Of course there were fears that these podcasts would make real lectures superfluous, but i don't think that podcasts ever knocked lectures off the podium. More recently, also several…Read more …

New Features

Due to (happy) family circumstances posting has been slow recently. I get round to finding interesting news items to blog about but often couldn't find the time to actually write about them. I will try again to post more regularly. After all, plenty is happening in the world of higher education, science and innovation. Between posts however, you can enjoy my tweets and links at twitter (@beerkens). Enjoy! And suggestions for new news sources are welcome.Read more …

3rd Birthday

The blog turned three a couple of days ago: at the 28th of September 2005 I started  this blog. I  had started my postdoc at Sydney Uni earlier that year and wanted to avoid drowning in theories and concepts and lose touch with what was really happening in the global world of higher education, science and innovation. That has definitely worked and therefore it's a good thing that many PhD students started blogging, and actually, nowadays many academics are writing about their research and their academic life. I'm still managing to create a…Read more …

The Blog’s 2nd Birthday

I noticed that it has been exactly 2 years ago today that my blog went to air. Happy birthday! And another milestone occurred at September 1st when Beerkens' Blog welcomed its 100,000th visitor. Some more stats? Busiest day was on May 24th 2007. Most visited post was the one on the UNSW Asia debacle followed by the one on international university rankings and reactivity and my critical analysis of the economics of selective knowledge...Read more …

Blog Repaired

I noticed that the links to the posts in my blog were not working anymore. I am not sure how long that has been the case. I don't know what was wrong. But I fixed it. Although I don't know how...Read more …

Moving the Blog. Change Bookmarks and Feeds!

What better moment than at 07:07 PM of the day 07-07-07 to change things...I have changed my blog software from Blogger to Wordpress. Just makes things easier and more flexible. I have also taken the opportunity to make some cosmetic changes and to adopt a 'new' name. The change in software also leads to a change in a few URLs.: The URLs http://blog.beerkens.info or http://www.beerkens.info/blog should still work. Only if you have bookmarked this site with a .htm or .html extension you will have to change your bookmarks. The URLs [http://blog.beerkens.info/index.html] and [http://www.beerkens.info/blog/index.html]…Read more …

No Censorship

Due to mysterious circumstances a change in the settings for the comments on my blogposts has occurred some months ago. I've been able to recover some of the comments you have made on some of the posts, but it might be the case that some have been deleted. Just to let you know that there is no censorship here...Except of course if you are one of the spammers that have tried to flood my blog with spam comments (for very strange products I might say). Since I don't want to moderate the comments,…Read more …

Travel report

Here, somewhere between Los Angeles and Sydney, I decided it's time to resume posting again. I'm returning from a very long and interesting trip through Indonesia, Malaysia, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Canada and the US. In three of the countries I have conducted interviews for my research: Indonesia (at Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Gadjah Mada), Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaya) and the Netherlands (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Technische Universiteit Delft).My research analyses the way in which nation states and universities respond to the increasing importance of knowledge for economic development and…Read more …

Blog reanimated

  After being in a cyber-coma for 3 weeks, my blog and site are finally up and running again. Somehow it became inaccessible some weeks ago. My domain hosting company had a lot of excuses and of course they claimed it was not their fault either (it was something with their .info registrar...). If this happens again, I'll move to another company! On the other hand, I did not have a lot of time to post anyway. First of all I was working hard on my paper for the annual conference of the…Read more …

Safe Surfing

A quote from the Wired Campus blog of the Chronicle on the question of whether to ban laptops in class or not: "Professors worry that as wireless networks and laptops become ubiquitous, students will direct about as much attention to the front of the room as airline passengers do to a flight attendant reviewing safety information."Read more …

Around the World in 1 Post

I haven't had the time to write many posts this week. Besides, I did not come across any news items of real urgency this week. However, a few items caught my attention.***First, there was an interesting statement of Australia's Minister of Education Julie Bishop. She claims that uniform degree structures, a diploma supplement and international recognition of qualifications are among radical changes Australia needs to adopt to meet competition from a powerful higher education bloc forming in Europe. She warns that if Australia does not align itself with the changes taking place in…Read more …

Podcast University

The University of Washington has a trendy way to teach you about one of the world's oldest institutions: the university. They podcast a serie of lectures ranging from 'Human Sexuality' to 'Introduction to Macroeconomics'. One of the lectures that you can subscribe to is 'The idea of the University'. There are also powerpoint slides avaiable here.Slowly, more lectures are being offered through podcasts. Purdue University and the University of Washington, to my knowledge, have the widest range of lectures available. 'Productive strategies' presented a list with links to lecture podcasts a few months…Read more …

Review and preview of 2006

What better way to start of the New Year than by looking back on that same year. The International Herald Tribune publishes a column by  H.D.S. Greenway of the Boston Globe in which he looks back on 2006. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting year.Chalabi will run for president in Iran. Rumsfeld will resign because of alleged relations with Saddam Hussein. The term ‘torture’ will be redefined by Cheney. The US will create its own Foreign Legion. And Blair will start working part-time as the new US Secretary of Defense. Let’s review…Read more …