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Is banning Powerpoint from the classroom the best we can do for digital, inclusive education?

Copenhagen Business School Professor Bent Meier Sörensen shared his interesting piece Let’s ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring on The Conservation - a blog/discussion space I can only recommend highly for academically-driven content that often includes a nuanced debate

The overall tone of the his post is clear: Banning Powerpoint from the classroom leaves teachers and students better off.

Based on my experience with our blended learning Communication for Development MA and the discussions within our Glocal Classroom network of universities, I tend to disagree - not with the general sentiment that all of us have suffered through a more than fair share of bad Powerpoint presentations, but with the notion of a technology-free, disconnected classroom and the traditional learning environment it often represents.

In my comment, I will focus on three aspects: First, the dominance of one-size-fits all technology approaches throughout the unive…

Links & Contents I Liked 146

Hi all,

The busy end-of-term weeks are approaching fast, so I sort of skipped one link review and focused on other content instead (see below).
But it also means that there are lots of interesting reads for being inspired over the weekend! Development News features an overview of the reflexivity turn in aid work; persistent problems with the Global NGO ranking; the challenges for educated women in the Middle East, the ‘university in a box’ in Rwanda, pharmaceuticalization of global health, why design for development is rather a band aid; lots of new social media and open data readings; the neoliberal political economy of Oprah, researching facebook’s filter bubble; and Academia features a bibliometrics manifesto, a study on the impact of Academia.edu. how to build your brand as an (academic) writer and the question whether we should ban PowerPoints form lectures (spoiler alert: I disagree…).

Enjoy!

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New research on International Development TED Talks & their role fo…

Jeffrey Sachs-The Strange Case of Dr Shock and Mr Aid (book review)

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As the recent long interview of Jeffrey Sachs by Tyler Cowen confirmed, Sachs remains one of the most visible, discussed and engaging thinkers of international development.

Japhy Wilson’s book Jeffrey Sachs-The Strange Case of Dr Shock and Mr Aid is a critical, thorough and detailed review of Sachs’s life and work that extends beyond dismissive blogs posts or snarky Twitter conversations.

Starting with his appearance at an ‘Occupy Wall Street’ event, Wilson outlines the purpose of his book:
why was Jeffrey Sachs now railing against neoliberalism, given that had been one of its chief architects and most prominent apologists? (…) It just doesn’t make sense. This is the conundrum that this book explores. (p.4)
As paradoxical as it may sound, the book’s biggest strength is that it ultimately fails to deliver on exploring said conundrum.

While Wilson tries hard to stick to Sachs’s professional and academic career, projects and shifts in thinking he rightly argues ‘that neoliberalism has m…

New research on International Development TED Talks & their role for communication for social change

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Daniel Esser and I are very happy to share our latest research publication with you!
TED Talks on International Development: Trans-Hegemonic Promise and Ritualistic Constraints is probably the first research article that specifically analyzes TED talks on international development topics.

As part of a special journal issue on Advocacy and Communication for Social Change we undertook a critical, empirical analysis of 38 TED talks that addressed international development issues:
Despite their global popularity and relevance to Communication for Development (C4D), TED talks have not yet been systematically examined from the vantage point of C4D. We offer the first theoretical and empirical investigation of both content and structure of talks on international development by leveraging definitions of C4D as well as literature on mediatization, rituals in international relations, and online activism. Our analysis suggests that TED talks succeed in disseminating ideas and sparking public intere…