Today’s coffee companion is newly a Doctor, and a leading expert in the realm of plagiarism in academic writing.

We talked about:

  • moving from academia to the private sector and the delight of things being available that weren’t previously
  • the delights of producing something (in her case a PhD thesis, in mine a set of playing cards) and then the sense of imposter that can come at its release
  • how digital channels lead to the removal of a sense of ceremony
  • whether there is difference between an Olympic medal and a medal you get awarded in an app?
  • how metadata in documents gives away whether someone has cheated or not
  • how many of the ways in which students are assessed today will be made irrelevant by emerging technologies
  • how slow academic institutions and academics can be to react to change
  • the delights of beekeeping, and how much mess they can leave when you get stung
  • how beehives divide and multiply
  • how hornets look scary, but are actually less trouble than bees.

There are still lots of coffee to go in this crazy experiment. Please help me get to 100 by signing up here.

The world in numbers…

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