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Somewhere else, for a few days

by reestheskin on 18/09/2017

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Edtech redux

by reestheskin on 25/10/2016

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Blackboards, school buses, Nissen huts, and the pencil (via John Naughton, with original link here). Sadly, you have to invest time and effort in learning how to use it  — so little to recommend to the multitaskers

pencil

Spray on blocking

by reestheskin on 14/09/2016

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I had seen spray on tans but…

spray on sunblock

Students are not fish

by reestheskin on 26/08/2016

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This is such a brilliant graphic from an article by Doc Searls posted on Medium and here.  A sort of universal metaphor (recursion intended) for universities, education and much else. Data rich, attention limited.

doc searls

doc searls

 

 

Causes of death

by reestheskin on 06/03/2016

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Nice graphic over at flowingdata.com. Lots of other great graphics, too.

One terrifying graph.

by reestheskin on 28/06/2015

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This is via Andy Fugard on twitter, and is based on official data for consultation rates in GP. Just look at the raw number of consultations per person. In the area of medicine I know something about, with the increased ‘dumping’ of patients from secondary care to primary care, these numbers should be — and need to  be— a lot higher. This is a system that is unworkable, and broken; and where the NHS is content to rearrange the deckchairs as the ship sinks. Tweaks around the edges will make no difference. Nor should anybody be surprised: these demographic changes were taught to me by John Grimley Evans in my first term at med school almost 40 years ago. Do not ask why students are getting coy about careers in general practice. Nobody in Westminster or Edinburgh has any idea what to do. (median, 25th and 75th percentiles, by sex). Remember: there is nothing unexpected going on here.

https://twitter.com/inductivestep/status/614512512940113920/photo/1

https://twitter.com/inductivestep/status/614512512940113920/photo/1

 

 

 

Clouds against cancer

by reestheskin on 08/06/2015

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Well, after struggling with that bloody paperclip for years, I am not too optimistic. But do we really have to live in a world infested with such advertising?

microsoft advert

 

Fail. Fail again. Fail better.

by reestheskin on 29/04/2015

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Seems to be my daughter’s motto too. Although Fintan O’Toole puts a deeper meaning on what Beckett meant.

fail again lizzy

 

Bullshit, all over again

by reestheskin on 27/04/2015

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bullshit

Well, when was the exam?

by reestheskin on 21/01/2015

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Access to skincancer909 Well, when was the exam?

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Learning analytics

by reestheskin on 17/11/2014

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Pattern of access to my online material. The exams are held three times per year, but I think you can see that.

views of skincancer909

Why do textbooks cost so much?

by reestheskin on 20/08/2014

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From an article in the Economist.

So which do you teach?

by reestheskin on 11/08/2014

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This is from an article in the NYT on Apple and learning. So which do you teach in your medical course?

picasso

 

Downtime? Or the dermatologist’s Cretan paradox

by reestheskin on 14/07/2014

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The dermatologist's Cretan paradox

The student is always wrong.

by reestheskin on 04/06/2014

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via http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~isbell/classes/

via http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~isbell/classes/

And the other ten?

by reestheskin on 21/05/2014

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Advert in George Square

Who earns what in US health care

by reestheskin on 18/05/2014

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who earns what in health care

Source: New York Times

Correlation is not causation, but…..

by reestheskin on 17/05/2014

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Nice graph, via John Naughton.  Well, indeed correlation is not proof of causation, but a la Judea Pearl and others, correlation may tell you a bit about causal structures.

spurious-correlations

College and health care costs: A simple graphic a la Baumol

by reestheskin on 01/05/2014

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New York Times

NYT costs for US citizens

A difference in emphasis. Discuss.

by reestheskin on 26/03/2014

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aamctomorrows doctors

Lets breakout and dance

by reestheskin on 25/03/2014

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One of my old bosses always said that if you have more than a 3 arrows on a slide, you don’t know what is going on. The context was very much classical medical research, but I think there is something to be said for his scepticism. There is a quote from Paul Valery, I think to the effect of: that which is simple, is wrong; that which is complicated is useless. I looked at this whiteboard content and wondered how much it reminded me of med ed gone wrong. More HR speak, than education. The whiteboard was seen in a gym, and I think referred to dance.

mindmapping dance

 

 

Scholar’s Wynd

by reestheskin on 20/01/2014

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scholars wynd