Five Links On Friday: Star Wars

By Posted in - Five Links On Friday on December 18th, 2015 0 Comments photo: JD Hancock, Creative Commons

It’s only seven days until Christmas, but for a lot of people this week hasn’t been about festive celebrations, but about the latest update on the wars in a galaxy far far away…

I’m not going to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens too much. I haven’t seen it yet (no spoilers, please), and you can find out everything you need elsewhere on the internet.

What I’m interested in is how the education sector marked this momentous occasion. With nearly every brand and product out there going Star Wars crazy, were any universities or colleges able to stand out from the crowd?

Here are a few of our favourites…

Living up to their name, Imperial College London seemed to have joined the Dark Side, changing their profile picture to a stormtrooper helmet and using the hashtag #TheForceAwakensAtImperial to share Star Wars-related stories:

In a more serious approach, Washington University addressed the economic issues that would have faced the Empire after the end of Return Of The Jedi:

The University of Leicester had a few visitors on campus who wreaked even more havoc than students are capable of…

And to finish off, you can enjoy this Star Wars-themed rap from the Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan:

So apart from Christmas and Star Wars, what else has happened this week?

First up, it turns out that Facebook ads can help your search results:

Twitter Moments arrived this week, but have you paid any attention?

Project Atlas has provided some helpful graphs on international student numbers from around the world:

We all have KPIs we need to aim for, but how do you set ones that make sense for you and your organisation?

And to finish off, make sure you catch up on this week’s updates on the Pickle Advent roundup:

We’ll be back next week with final Christmas Five Links, but if you’re not around for that (lucky you) then have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Header image by JD Hancock / CC BY 3.0

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