The Wikipedia community has become a source of information for a broad and global public. Paul and Max argue that contributing to the encyclopedia as a scholar can be a powerful way of achieving a strong societal impact of their own expertise. Furthermore they provide a guide on how to write your first contributions.
Bronwen and Moritz highlight the institutional challenges posed to Higher Education Institutions by the pandemic and outline how these can be viewed as a window of opportunity
In this article, Mennatullah Hendawy shares some insights on structuring cumulative dissertations based on her own experience
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?
Donia Lasinger on the contribution of the Vienna Science and Technology Funds (WWTF) as a compareably small funding organization to equality of all genders
Renke Siems on user tracking on science publisher platforms, its implications for their individual users and ways to face this issue
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.
Lucy G. Gillis on inequalities in science reproduced by letters of reference and how to encounter them
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
Kelsey Medeiros on sexual harassment, what role it plays in relation to power structures in academia, and possible ways to address it
A group of researchers from the German N² network presents the results of a survey among PhD students on the abuse of power in science and outlines ways to counter it
Ruixue Jia on the influence of administrative power in Chinese academia on researchers’ publication activity, their selection of co-authors, and the topics they are writing about.
Linda Jauch on powerful dependancies of academics to funding bodies, their supervisors and what to do about it.