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.

Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive

Strategies for Making Large Lectures More Interactive

Active learning is what we would like students to be doing in a lecture: thinking about and engaging with the content, rather than copying slides.

What Is ‘Active Learning’ and Why Is It Important?

What Is ‘Active Learning’ and Why Is It Important?

Interacting with content through active learning has some compelling advantages over ‘delivery mode’ lectures. It helps to maintain student concentration & deepens learning.

IR Theory, Method, and Training: Toward a Polyglot Culture?

IR Theory, Method, and Training: Toward a Polyglot Culture?

Central to learning is the question of whether it is better to know something deeply or to know a little bit about something in order to get by when the occasion arises.

The Importance of Open Access

The Importance of Open Access

Open access is a simple idea. People should be able to access scholarship freely and easily. However, in practice there is a long way to go to meet that goal.

Going to University, or Not?

Going to University, or Not?

You will probably be working for the rest of your life, so make sure that the precious few years you spend in university are at a time when you can really enjoy it.

Transforming IR Education in Japan

Transforming IR Education in Japan

In recent years scholars have started to consider alternative approaches to the study of IR, while at the same time scholars in Japan are adapting how they approach the subject.

Chasing Prestige in the Academy: How the System Undermines Itself

Chasing Prestige in the Academy: How the System Undermines Itself

Instead of education being a great social leveler, prestige seeking has reinforced the competitive advantage of the rich and powerful – undermining the viability of many universities.

Publishing or Perishing in the 21st Century

Publishing or Perishing in the 21st Century

Everyone knows the phrase ‘publish or perish’. But, what does that mean to today’s early career academic as they try to balance their workload and plan their publications?

Student Input into Teaching Materials

Student Input into Teaching Materials

Trusting the student voice (with a tiny bit of steering) and trying new things has paid off in multiple ways for me, and hopefully for the students in my classes too.

A Fond Farewell to Dylan Kissane

A Fond Farewell to Dylan Kissane

The Ivory Tower has been running since January 2013. Lovingly created, and curated, by Dylan Kissane. As Dylan embarks on a new career and the blog takes new ownership, we wish him all the best.

What You Say is What You Get: The Gender Problem in IR

What You Say is What You Get: The Gender Problem in IR

Replacing “man-made” with “anthropogenic” will not solve the gender problem in IR, but it will increase the visibility of our quotidian contributions to patriarchy.

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