Weekend Reading: Etiquette Question Edition

Grey JayThis week, I have a question:

If you let students sign up for appointments (for one-on-one conferences, say, or for advising, or any other purpose beyond regular office hours, which I think of as drop-in), how close to the appointment hour do you prevent new sign-ups?

Hypothetically, for example, if it were 11:00am, would you go in and turn off the ability to make appointments for the rest of the day? At 11:00pm, would you turn them off for the whole next day? Or, once you’ve indicated that you’re theoretically available, are you beholden to those times forever?

At what point does the expectation that a professor would still be able to meet with you start to become discourteous?

Thanks for any advice!

On to this week’s links:

  • Steven Poole has an interesting manifesto about interface design, which has, in turn sparked a pretty great comments thread: We like interacting with physical objects in the real world, goes the reasoning, so it will presumably be more pleasant to interact with computer software if it pretends to be a physical object too. But why? Couldn’t the appeal of using a computer be that of a world precisely without friction and texture, a world where things are weightless, virtual and easy?
  • At AstroBetter, Kelle is hosting a crowd-sourced discussion on “Guidelines for Refereeing Journal Articles”: A relatively large collection of postdocs/young faculty have no idea what the expectations are for the referee process, with the only guidance being the very wide range of referee reports we have received over the years. Below, we attempt to provide some of this lacking guidance.
  • Shane Landrum’s post on “Spatial history & the interdisciplinary job market” offers, beyond reflections on his own work, a model of thoughtfully responding to professional confusion or skepticism (and, again, a great comment thread!): That doesn’t make us social scientistsmanqué(e). It makes us scholars who want good visual tools, from whatever disciplinary context, that can help us ask and answer our own interesting questions.
  • Tony Bates offers the good, the bad, and the ugly of the current state of open educational resources: I increasingly fear that the open educational resources movement is being used as a way of perpetuating inequalities in education while purporting to be democratic. Some components of OERs also smack of hypocrisy, elitism and cultural imperialism (the bad), as well as failure to apply best practices in teaching and learning (the ugly).
  • Finally, a research-based study tip–to remember something, sleep on it“: Research has demonstrated that more than leaving you feeling rested, sleep actually improves your memory. Even better, a new study suggests that sleep actually helps you remember exactly what you need to remember.

And, for your video, Cynthia Brezeal talks about personal robots, which can’t get here soon enough for ProfHacker:

Bonus videos, we have several: “Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil,” plus “Playmobil Joy Division,” and, in anticipation of tomorrow’s Manchester United-Manchester City fixture, which is the only thing my 7yo cares about in the world today, Joe Hart running at hyperspeed.

Update: Embedded video replaced–gap between my notes and current machine and what’s visible on the real internet.

Have a great weekend!

Image by Flickr user David J. Laporte / Creative Commons licensed

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