Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bomb Attack at Nigeria UN HQ






At least 18 die in car bomb attack on Nigeria UN HQ | Top News | Reuters. There is not a lot of information about this yet, but fingers are already being pointed towards Islamist groups. A concern is that this could be influenced by factors besides the sectarian violence that, in Nigeria, typically has…

Wandering and rambling






I can tell the academic year is approaching partly because the academic blogosphere seems to be getting busier. Or perhaps I am just starting to pay more attention again. My Wesleyan colleague, Erica Chenoweth, has been making some fantastic posts in her new blog, Rational Insurgents. Chris Blattman has an interesting piece on an experiment…

Cheating and Course Design






It is that time of summer when many of us begin thinking about our return to classes. We work on our syllabi as we design new courses and redesign old ones. A number of articles at the Chronicle for Higher Education have me thinking about one of the most challenging aspects of teaching: student cheating.…