Using our posts as course material? Please tell us just so we know.

A request: if you’re using our posts as course material, please let us know in the comments (what post, what college or university, what course). Not because you need our permission (you don’t), but just for our information. It helps us make the case to our employers and funding agencies that our blogging is worthwhile. Thanks!

If you’ve let us know about this in the past, you don’t need to tell us again.

40 thoughts on “Using our posts as course material? Please tell us just so we know.

  1. I’m teaching an English writing and communication course to grad students at a Mexican research institution. I’ve used Brian’s tips for effective writing. I’ve followed links to other blogs and discussions on writing and presenting (e.g. scientistseessquirrel). I’ve also peppered my discussions with ideas inspired by your stats posts (e.g. researchers degrees of freedom) and new trends in publishing (e.g. post-publication review).

  2. I point to Brian’s ‘Scientific ethics discussions in labs’ (1 April 2014) in my research integrity workshops as an example of how to introduce ethics discussions into research groups. Also to highlight that it’s likely that few groups actually have such discussions. I add tips on how a young researcher can initiate such discussions and so, in a non-confrontational way, tackle topics that might be particularly problematical in their own situations or involve power-inequality issues.

  3. I am teaching a PhD 5-day course on science communication at Uppsala University. We’ll be using a number of your posts on things like twitter and elevator pitches. I’ll try to remember to update with the full list after the course is done in a few weeks but of course the blog itself will be an example.

  4. I’m using your most cited papers of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s post for a lecture in an applied ecology course at North Carolina State University. This would be a great page for someone studying for prelims to find too. Thanks for compiling the information!

    Gus Engman

  5. I am using several posts about statistics and philosophy of science for an undergraduate research-focused capstone course at Sewanee ( Students have commented that even though they don’t always understand the fine-scale statistical details – they appreciate that they can understand the message and nuance of all the posts we have read.

  6. EAS 538 (a natural resources stats course) at Michigan is assigning…Meghan’s first stereotype threat post for the first week of the course this term. Interesting; not the post of ours I’d have expected to be assigned to a stats class!

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