Category: Teaching and learning

  • In Covid times we teach online

    I have been busy of late teaching a unit ARPA352/552, Public Archaeology and Cultural Heritage management, here at UNE. It has been quite a long break for me from teaching, having finalised my last unit/topic at Flinders in late 2019 (a third year Environmental Archaeology unit, which I hope to teach again one day!), and […]

  • Pitfalls for new professional archaeology bloggers

    This is the last of three posts for students in my Introduction to Professional Archaeology topic, as well as other people who are new to blogging about archaeology. You can read previous posts here and here. So you are considering starting a blog yourself—or have started one already. Great! In this post, I look at some of the […]

  • The benefits of blogging for professional archaeologists

    In a post earlier this week I provided a brief account of why blogging is of interest to archaeologists and also touched on aspects of the history of ‘archaeo. blogging’. I’ve taken the time to do this to provide students in my Introduction to Professional Archaeology class with a background to blogging and social media in archaeology, which I […]

  • Social media and professional archaeology in retrospect

    This is the first of two posts directed at students enrolled in an online topic that I teach at Flinders University on Professional Archaeology.  The focus of this week’s module is to encourage students to critically evaluate the role of social media in professional archaeology. It is naturally the case then that this is an […]

  • Minimising the misery and pain: tips for completing a Doctoral Thesis

    Long time readers  know that I’m a relatively freshly minted PhD graduate (2010 vintage) and a quick browse through some of my earlier posts here or on twitter would no doubt reveal some of the anguish and horror that I went through during my candidature. So, it is a rather strange turn of events for […]

  • Apologies for the break (and a brief update)

    What can I say? Work is frantic at the moment and consequently my blog and twitter stream are a great deal quieter than normal. That’s academic teaching for you. However, we’re now almost through our first semester here in Australia and over the past few weeks I’ve been able to refocus on my research. Before […]

  • The risks of professional blogging

    Colleen at Middle Savagery has been facilitating a discussion about archaeology and blogging for the past few weeks and this week the question she poses is: What risks do archaeologists take when they make themselves available to the public via blogging? What (if any) are the unexpected consequences of blogging? How do you choose what […]

  • Digital archaeology: a workshop

    I have agreed to present a half day workshop in my Department here at Flinders University on what I am calling ‘Digital Archaeology’. It’s aimed graduate students in our archaeology and cultural heritage programs who want to know more about how digital/web technologies are radically changing how we go about doing archaeology. It’s a little similar to what […]

  • The underbelly of an archaeology fieldschool

    In June-July next year I am running an Indigenous archaeology fieldschool for students enrolled at Flinders University (see’s post on fieldschools if you’re not sure what they are). It’s quite a daunting task, particularly since I’ve not organised a field school before, and I’m yet to entirely decide on what this particular project will […]

  • Student Tweeting – and learning?

    I just read a short post  at the Chronicle of Higher Ed about twitter and teaching and one quote in that story struck me: Before Mr. Junco started using Twitter in class, he says, hardly any of his students had Twitter accounts. “Now I hear students say, ‘Facebook is where I go to socialize, and […]