Ivory Tower – With Dillon Stone Tatum

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 Dillon Stone Tatum, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Geography, Francis Marion University.

Call for Short Contributions on Teaching and Learning

Call for Short Contributions on Teaching and Learning

The Ivory Tower delivers a look at the other side of the IR lecture theatre, a real professors-eye-view of the world of international politics. We are open for new guest contributors.

Fixing the ‘Prevent’ Strategy in UK Education

Fixing the ‘Prevent’ Strategy in UK Education

A better counter-terrorism strategy would encourage cohesiveness and a better understanding of different ethnic groups – some of the core principles in any democratic society.

Education Reform and the Asian Values Debate

Education Reform and the Asian Values Debate

The emergence of tutoring businesses all across neighborhoods in the United States is the result of American policymakers’ obsession with test-based education reform.

Using Hybridized Teaching Methodologies in China

Using Hybridized Teaching Methodologies in China

In a system over-reliant on rote learning and inefficient testing and engagement, a hybrid approach fusing Western and Eastern methods offers a better path.

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?

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