Questions tagged [technology]

Questions about the interplay of modern technology (e.g., electronic devices) with academic life. Do not use this for technology used as a subject or means of research.

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How should I avoid someone patenting technology in my paper/poster?

I am working on a paper in the field of AI. I've developed a new technology that allows many state of the art benchmarks to be improved on. I want to make sure that when I publish the paper, anyone/...
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Research on technology enhanced learning?

The discourse about teaching seems to be dominated recently by the idea of technology enhanced learning. I have been talking a lot with colleagues about that and there seems to be some kind of ...
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Mimic lecturing on blackboard, facing audience

I teach mathematics at MSc and PhD levels. My preferred method of teaching is old-fashioned: talking and writing on the blackboard at the same time. Why? Because it has many advantages: Handwriting: ...
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How to immediately show group answers onscreen?

I teach at a university, and during lectures I would like to pose a question to all the students in which each student types their answer into their laptop, submits to me, and I can show all the ...
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Why don't I see publications criticising other publications?

This is about technology research specifically. Often when reading a publication I'll be thinking to myself: "Yeah, you've got that thing, but what about this and that limitation you brush off and ...
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Do universities typically provide every PhD student with a computer?

I worked in some universities in Europe and currently work in Australia. All the universities I have been into supply their PhD students with a PC or a laptop. However, I recently started working with ...
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My professor who doesn't let me use my phone to read the textbook online in while I'm in class. What should I do? [duplicate]

I'm currently taking a course where I acquired the textbook as an e-book. Physical copies were available too, but I find kindle-versions far more convenient as I can read it wherever, whenever, using ...
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Scientific character in tech related bachelor thesis [closed]

So I am currently on the task to find a question or specific topic for my bachelor thesis. The field I am looking in is the micro service approach. There are few topics I consider writing about, e.g. ...
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How to deal with lots of information as a Computer Science student?

As a Computer Science student, I have to deal with a lot of new information every day. While learning new concepts, we also have to learn multiple programming languages at the same time, learning ...
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How to reference a technical document (like an RFC) in APA style?

Like, this document, for instance: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc791 It's an official Internet Engineering Taskforce document that defines things like network protocols, etc. Often times there's ...
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Experience on MMU Computing MSc? [closed]

I have a BSc Psychology degree (2:2), my goal is to work developing technology or software for people with disabilities (or just making tech more usable for all), I felt that the combination of ...
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Best cloth for a poster

I am printing a poster for presenting at a conference. I would like to print on cloth so that I can carry it easily in the suitcase. In many print shops I have to select which cloth exactly to print ...
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Effective way to handle open-ended student feedback?

I regularly use a short start/stop/continue-survey on my students to be able to improve my teaching skills. I get a lot of informative data that helps me, but there's a lot of work involved in digging ...
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Why are there no computer-friendly versions of papers?

I believe that many people read articles from their computers. So, tiny fonts and many columns have no advantage. Why don’t journals make alternative computer-friendly versions of the articles? For ...
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How to cite information obtained from Google Maps Area Calculator Tool?

In my research, I measured an area with the aid of Google Maps Area Calculator Tool. How should I site the information I have obtained. And what should I include? Should I include a screen-shot of ...
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Best way to poll students during a class by web

I'm looking to get feedback from students fairly seamlessly during a lecture. I know that there is a reluctance to raise one's hand (if part of a large audience), and my experience of such polling ...
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Information technology requirements and issues for academic research

I am on a committee tasked with advising my university's Information Technology office on institutional needs and issues regarding IT. They are pretty knowledgeable about how to support the ...
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how to incorporate Virtual Reality in a business school setting? [closed]

Business School faculty here. We have some budget to buy electronics. We're thinking of buying a Virtual Reality "thing" and using it somehow. We can use it for pedagogy, or as a marketing tool, etc. ...
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Is it reasonable to require students to bring a laptop to every lecture?

In the next academic year, I'll be teaching a class on how to use a statistical software package (the R programming language). I foresee that each class will have two parts: a lecture and software ...
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Touch screen for projecting results and mentoring PhD students: a good solution for a computer lab?

I just got an assistant professor position in the USA. I am negotiating the startup package. I am mainly doing computational staff (engineering deparment) therefore I am asking for computing nodes in ...
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Should I suggest to use version control for writing a paper with new collaborators?

I will soon write a new article with new collaborators (my first paper with other people, I'm in math). For some context, I know one of them well, but I've never met the others in person. I use Git ...
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Why don't first-world universities use video surveillance to catch in-class cheating?

With so many first-world universities upgrading their academic buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms that have advanced technology, eg, capability to record lectures and post them on websites ...
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Scientific writing: When conducting a simulation on a personal computer, what specifications should you report?

(Note: Personal Computer = Laptop) When reading papers that involves some sort of numerical simulation of a software or custom code, many authors would remark on the specifications of the laptop for ...
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Is it appropriate for a student to have their phone face down on the table when in class?

I was wondering if it is appropriate to have my phone out on my desk face down during class. I have done this for some time and have never been told to put it away. On the one hand, putting it out ...
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How to deal with instructor forcing me to do an uninteresting optional exercise?

If I am in class and I don't feel like doing a boring, uninteresting, optional exercise which won't benefit me in any way, how should I deal with an insecure instructor attempting to force me to do it?...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

I am a master’s student in a public university in the state of New York. I do not consider myself to be disabled in any form but I do find it difficult to concentrate in class. I lose focus too often ...
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I am uncomfortable about students taking pictures of the blackboard, because I don't like appearing in them

It seems to be the trend that fewer and fewer students take notes in class. Lately, and particularly this semester, for some reason, I have been noticing that several students take pictures of the ...
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What is the best philosophy and practice to use smartphones for academic life? [closed]

I am doing research in theoretical physics, and have learned that smartphones can bring in a lot of distractions to your life if you want to focus on your research and study. Like facebook, twitter ...
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Is there data or research on the tradeoffs associated with allowing anonymous posting on forums like Piazza?

A large amount of research from the EdTech world finds that forums that encourage social learning, if used right, can significantly improve learning outcomes. Of course, there are downsides. One of ...
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Use the keyword 'Internet' or 'internet' in our publications? [closed]

So far all research papers I read and wrote I used the word 'Internet' instead of 'internet'. I did see an online article about the fact that people are using 'internet' more often nowadays, so should ...
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My colleague is monetizing our contributions and not compensating us [closed]

A few years back, my advisor began a project (received funding for, etc.). My advisor funded a student (we'll call them "CEO") on this project, who's now working on a startup in this area and is ...
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Incorporating Cellphone use in a Course

Most educators have some policy regarding cellphone use in class. Often this policy is "no phones" or "I don't care." I would like to take different approach. I would like to learn of ways to ...
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What are the pedagogical and institutional implications of implementing a Lecture Capture system?

My university is about to roll-out a Lecture Capture system (Panopto in this case), and I am in the business of promoting and supporting it. In case it makes a difference, I am in the UK. I suppose ...
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What is “technology in the classroom” that so many job applications ask for?

I am applying for academic mathematics positions, and I noticed that a few job applications ask for experience using technology in the classroom. What use of "technology" in the classroom are these ...
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What did Universities use in lectures before they starting using PowerPoint?

On my 'quest' to understand how universities have changed over the past decade(s), I'm curious as to how teaching in lectures was done before the days of PowerPoint (which as an undergraduate is ...
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Is there any way to detect high tech (e.g. cell-phone assisted) academic dishonesty?

Over the last few years, our university has seen a rise in high-tech academic dishonesty. We have a no electronics policy, except calculators when needed (even those now are provided by the school, ...
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How to deal with people looking at their mobile phone during my presentation?

I was invited to give a research seminar in another department, and two professors kept looking at their mobile phones while I was talking. They were doing this at the start of my talk, and they kept ...
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Use of QR codes in academic publications

Modern academic publishing is based to a large extent on the use of the Internet, and many of us consult articles or even books mostly in PDF format rather than hard copy. URL links to both reference ...
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Is it necessary for a grad student to respond to phone calls, as long as they're responsive on email?

I am asking this for a friend who hopes to enter grad school for a PhD next year in science. This person has a cell phone but almost always turns it off and has no voice mail (meaning there is no way ...
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Live Lecture Technology

I am trying to come up with a method to live broadcast my lectures to parties connected to the internet. Up to now, I have been using FaceTime to transmit my work on a whiteboard. This method works, ...
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Why are Macbooks so ubiquitous in Science, if they are status symbols [closed]

In Biology, I was told, you will almost not be able to find a professor that does not have a Macbook. And as soon as they have enough money, students and scientific staff will follow. But also in my ...
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Using a graphics tablet to support recorded lectures?

My lectures (mathematics) are delivered in a theatre with full projection facilities, and my lectures are given as PDF slides. But I often need to explain something not covered in enough detail on a ...
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Teacher takes pictures of students during exams and posts them on social media

There's this teacher who takes pictures of his students during exams, and posts them on social media, with the knowledge of the students. A lot of people enjoy these pictures (including the students), ...
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What is the best policy to deal with students using their cellphones inside the class?

Is it OK to prevent students from using their cellphones during the lecture by stating that in the syllabus? and how to deal with students who insist on using their cellphones during the lecture? (...
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How to cite Kindle books/ebooks when no fixed page numbers are available?

I got the following info from the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide website in relation to citing Kindle books or ebooks. If no fixed page numbers are available, you can include a section title or ...
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What strategies can bring technology resistant faculty on-board?

Faculty tend to fall into these groups: early adopters hesitant but willing refusing to adopt b/c no time refusing to adopt b/c not technically inclined I would like to know what strategies I can ...
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Are there inexpensive tools to monitor student iPad’s? [duplicate]

I am a teaching assistant for a class in which students use tablet computers to advance their projects. Yet, sometimes, we need their attention and it can be difficult for them to focus on what I tell ...
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How did conferences “work” before the e-mail era?

Some friends and I were discussing a certain conference that has a "rebuttal" phase, in which the authors can see the reviews and reply to them. We realized that this rebuttal phase probably couldn't ...
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Effective way to deal with misuse of mobile devices in class

I'm at a North American, state-run university (not an elite institution), which is relatively modern in terms of supporting mobile devices. The school is proud of its WiFi coverage in every classroom, ...