Boundaries in the digital age
the article “How we can energize scholarship
for the digital age” in the May issue offers a very
balanced approach to this often fraught and
zealot-ridden topic. I especially like the phrase
“limitless boundaries” because indeed it is often
the boundaries that are limitless (or at the very
least unforeseen). The digital world and its manifestation in the Internet are not “limitless” as is
often claimed; it’s just that we are not aware of
what some of the limits in fact are.
Dr. Henderson is director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Show me the money
This is a fascinating article, but I am less opti-
mistic than the author (“How artificial intelli-
gence is about to disrupt higher education,” by
Ollivier Dyens, posted April 30, 2014). Dr. Dyens
tells us: “Rest assured, most of those decisions
(made by machines) will be to our benefit. AI,
using Big Data, will have been programmed to
ensure the improvement of the human race.”
I think it is more likely that AI, using Big Data,
will have been programmed to maximize the
short-term profits of a few large corporations.
This is not necessarily going to improve things
for most of the human race!
This comment was posted to an article on the ways that artificial
intelligence will challenge universities at universityaffairs.ca.
Right on, Adam!
The place for introverts has been sadly neglected
in academic circles for too long (“Introverts and
the conference circuit,” by Adam Chapnick,
posted May 7, 2014). As an introvert myself, I
always felt uncomfortable when “participation”
seemed to be mandatory. I have always felt that
my best learning experiences came from absorbing quietly on my own. Forcing me to participate
always made me feel uncomfortable and always
led to artificial responses.
This comment was posted to an article about teaching conferences
in the Career Advice section at universityaffairs.ca.
Take a bow
university affairs’ record nine nominations
for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards [which honour the business press in Canada] are well
deserved. The UA team does a phenomenal job
of sourcing compelling stories, encouraging
those with expertise to share it, and connecting
each of us in our individual institutions to a
national conversation among scholars, thinkers
Mr. Price is student affairs coordinator in the faculty of applied
sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Made our day
i thought the update of the magazine was brilliant. I love your e-newsletter. I receive it with
anticipation and read several of the articles at
once. Thank you for your timely and attractive
Dr. Froment is director of academic initiatives and quality
assurance at Trinity Western University.
L’anxiété en milieu
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gérer un stress professionnel
Exit interview with
York’s general counsel reflects
on a challenging career.
Dealing with anxiety as
A few strategies that may
help relieve the stress.
The adjunct’s long,
insurance rules are hurting
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