Ivory Tower – With Stephen McGlinchey

Far from being an intellectual arena disconnected from everyday life, today’s academia is driven by research impact and innovative teaching. The Ivory Tower brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on teaching, learning, service and research to help demystify the role of the modern-day academic. The blog is curated by Dr Stephen McGlinchey, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England and E-IR’s Editor-in-Chief.

IR ‘News of the Week’: A Student’s Perspective

IR ‘News of the Week’: A Student’s Perspective

Discussing news issues with your peers is an unburdening exercise that helps develop research and presentation skills and builds confidence in applying theories.

Preaching the Craft of Reading

Preaching the Craft of Reading

Students should be encouraged to read outside their comfort zone to work out their reading muscles, or even to just turn off their TV, radios, and electronic devices.

Implementing a Flipped Classroom: Student Generated Wikis and Videos

Implementing a Flipped Classroom: Student Generated Wikis and Videos

Today’s students are learning in different ways and instructors have not been paying enough attention to these changes, especially in the area of technology.

Tents, tarps and mosquito netting sit in a field in Dadaab, Kenya, Dec. 11, 2006, after being delivered by a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft. The materials are being dropped by U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as humanitarian aid for the approximately 160,000 stranded victims of recent flooding in rural areas of Kenya. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steve Staedler) (Released)

Teaching International Organizations as Bureaucracies

It can only be a good thing if students learn about the power inherent in definitions, and can reflect on the normative problems arising from these definitions.

Gamification: It’s in the Game

Gamification: It’s in the Game

Gamification is more than just adding a game to your general routine of teaching a class, it brings material alive and positively engages students.

Signature Pedagogies in International Relations

Signature Pedagogies in International Relations

We can learn a lot by exploring the signature pedagogies of the study and praxis of IR and by examining how these signature pedagogies improve teaching and learning.

The Declining Value of Vocational Programs in China

The Declining Value of Vocational Programs in China

These alternatives to traditional education have failed to modernize themselves and adapt to rapidly changing economic and employment sector needs.

Assessing Student Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad

Assessing Student Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad

Intercultural learning takes place along multiple dimensions, and instructors should be prepared to deal with students moving both forward and backward.

Reflecting on Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad

Reflecting on Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad

Investing adequate resources to the promotion of improved intercultural competence in study abroad students is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Using Quantitative Methods: The Case of the Arab world

Using Quantitative Methods: The Case of the Arab world

The debate over qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches is vibrant in the social sciences. Yet, Arab voices have been absent from the debate.

IR, Gender Studies, and Volunteering in Refugee Camps

IR, Gender Studies, and Volunteering in Refugee Camps

On the first day gendered roles were made quite clear by a local volunteer, leading me to rethink the very purpose of my research on gender and violence.

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