We see many varied examples and incidents of cyberbullying around the world. As many students enter their second year of online schooling, it’s an even more important, timely topic, especially for the younger generation. Because they all live with this technology, the first thing they do when they wake up is check social media. With increasingly online lifestyles, cyberbullying can take on many different forms.
Over the past decade, the range of digital education technologies available to students and staff within higher education has risen dramatically. Alongside edtech and the rapid growth of blended, hybrid and fully online curricula, attention has turned to how students are interacting with such technologies and what impact they have on learning and outcomes.
The promise of learning analytics is they enable us to use educational data to improve the quality of the learning experience within our universities. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that data is sourced and used responsibly and the focus is on solving problems for learners and educators.
When then UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for free high-speed broadband was presented in 2019 it was seen as “crazed” by some, but then the pandemic hit and we realised that access to the internet should be seen in the same light as electricity – as an essential utility. Access to the internet has been vital over the past year as many were forced to work from home and needed to connect with others.
I had a colleague who couldn’t stop talking about “girls in bed” as a serious problem in his online classes. It was disruptive, distracting and disrespectful, in his opinion.
Ick, I thought, but didn’t say anything. Why not say “students in bed” rather than “girls in bed”? Was the issue that these young women were promoting laziness by not sitting upright on furniture with hard surfaces? Or were they somehow temptresses, likely to lead men astray with the seductive powers of their female sexuality?
It’s been a stressful 12 months for university staff and students alike, with everyone facing their own challenges. This has meant that at times student advisors have shouldered a heavy emotional burden when trying to assist and advise students.
There is plenty of technical advice out there about providing accurate information and adhering to policies, but there is less guidance on how we, as advisors, should navigate those situations as human beings and manage our responses to what can be very difficult, highly fraught issues.
How critical thinking can lead to prison
In 2014, a coup was staged in Thailand. It changed my life.
Overnight, I became a refugee under the protection of the Japanese government.
I have been teaching south-east Asian politics at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 2012.
Through my long years of teaching and research, I have engaged in critical thinking in relation to key political institutions in the region.
With most core university teaching currently taking place online, it’s important that staff and students contribute to, and feel part of, a safe, respectful and connected community when interacting online.
Here we outline how university staff can create a positive, constructive remote learning environment through good “netiquette”.