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On creating a good research environment

On creating a good research environment

Sabine Müller on the hierarchical system of German academia and why it could be a problem for the wellbeing of young academics and Ph.D. candidates. She compares it to her experiences at Oxford University and sheds light on the differences between the two research cultures.

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Digital teaching is by no means a new phenomenon in higher education, however COVID-19 accelerated this process for many universities, creating both space for experimentation and innovation, in addition to highlighting resource inequalities and knowledge gaps among students, staff, and institutions. 

In this issue, we invite you to reflect on digital teaching and the changes it has brought to the university – both recently and in the last years. Together, let’s ponder questions such as:

– What challenges and opportunities do lecturers experience through digital education? 
– How has digital teaching improved or hindered students’ learning experiences and access to higher education? 
–In what ways, has digital teaching improved or diminished the quality of university life? 
– The speed and commitment to digital education varies across the higher education landscape: why have some institutions embraced digital teaching more than others? What will the future hold for the digital classroom?

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A Replication Crisis in the Making?

A Replication Crisis in the Making?

Jörg Peters on the lack of replicability of many publications in economics, the role of p-hacking and publication pressure, and reasons for cautious optimism in considering these issues

Sexual harassment in Academia

Sexual harassment in Academia

Kelsey Medeiros on sexual harassment, what role it plays in relation to power structures in academia, and possible ways to address it

Tear down this invisible wall

Tear down this invisible wall

Katrin Frisch on encounters with the different forms of west german hegemony throughout her scientific training and everyday working life in academia.