Matt Harris Ed.D.

Educational Technology Standards and Frameworks

This resource is an overview of the better known Educational Technology standards and frameworks.

Educational Technology is a complex field of education. There have been several Education Technology standards and frameworks developed globally to explain its intricacies and complexities from a micro and macro level. They range from user skills and competencies to models for professional development and evaluation. Read More


How to Write Your Ph.D. Thesis

Writing a doctoral thesis—the culmination of years of research work—can be a daunting endeavor. But learning from those who have already tackled this task can help you make the process a little smoother. Science Careers asked recent graduates and current students to reflect on their experiences and what did—and didn’t—work for them. Read More


Four Lessons About Transitioning From Academia to the ‘Real World’

When I left my tenured professorship for a nonacademic job, I thought I had already done the hard part: making the decision to leave the professional world that had been my home for many years. I had little inkling of the culture shock that awaited me in my new sphere of science policy and how disorienting it would be. In the 17 years since I’ve seen that I’m far from the only one who struggles with this transition. Regardless of career stage, leaving academia requires some adjusting. For those who, like me, make the move later in their careers, after decades as established academics, it can be even harder. Knowing what to expect beforehand can take some of the shocks out of the transition to the world outside academia. Read More


My first Postdoc Position Was a Disaster. This is What I Learned

I sat hunched over my computer screen, analyzing data, when a university administrator walked into our lab and handed out a series of sealed envelopes. Puzzled, I opened the letter addressed to me: “It has become necessary for the University to effect a layoff of your position as a Postdoctoral Scholar.” In silence, my labmates opened their own letters, all of which said essentially the same thing. I knew that our lab was under investigation, but I had no inkling that my job was in jeopardy, so the news came as a huge shock. Read More


How to Budget Your Grant Proposal

Every researcher knows that winning funding is crucial for a successful career. And of course, scientists strive to submit innovative, compelling research proposals. But it is all too easy to overlook another aspect of grant applications that, while apparently mundane, can nonetheless make all the difference: adequately estimating how much the project will cost. Read More

Blog, Tweet, and Avoid the Pitfalls

From penning research papers to applying for grants, writing is an integral part of a scientist’s career. With this foundation, launching a blog or posting results on Twitter should be smooth sailing, right? Not so fast. Stepping into social media may be a great way to spread the word about your research, but there is also potential to hurt your career, by damaging your chances of winning a patent, for example. If you’re not careful, you may also unwittingly harm relationships with potential collaborators and even tarnish your professional reputation. Luckily, most often, all it takes for scientists to avoid the pitfalls and fully reap the benefits of writing online is being aware of what could potentially go wrong. Read More

How to Keep Up With the Scientific Literature

Few aspects of scientific work may be as crucial—and yet as easy to neglect—as reading the literature. Beginning a new research project or writing a grant application can be good opportunities for extensive literature searches, but carving out time to keep abreast of newly published papers on a regular basis is often challenging. The task is all the more daunting today, with the already vast literature continuing to grow at head-spinning speed. Read More

3 Reasons Writing Is Great for Your Mental Health

According to a stack of studies, regular writing is great for your mental health. In an age when many people get by never writing anything longer than a text message, you may have heard that clear written communication is a much-in-demand business skill. Read More


Pach: Academic Writing Needs to be More Accessible

My first year at Northwestern convinced me I couldn’t read. It wasn’t the amount of reading — although that in itself was alarming — but the style in which social science articles are written. I study journalism and history, with a healthy dose of gender studies thrown in. By now I’ve learned to understand most of my assignments, but it was a rough start and it took me almost four years to get to that point. Anyone with experience reading queer theory or critical race theory knows it’s a struggle at the beginning. I would read for hours and feel like I’d learned nothing. Read More

These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners

What’s the point of creating a course that no one wants? No point at all, right? YET, we find hundreds of eLearning designers creating courses that nobody wants. Courses which the designers themselves can’t figure: who would want! It should ALWAYS be the other way around.  Read More