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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes | academia | Scoop.it
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...

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This is a must read for everybody who needs to be creative - that is everybody. Some tips include carving out time, making this non-negotiable, and recognizing that you have to work yourself into your creative zone are only some of the things discussed. Plus you get to watch a video on the topic from John Cleese - come one, JOHN CLEESE! Great read!!

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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:35 AM

Creativity is essential as a skill for this century.

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:25 AM

If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.

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Content curation: overview, benefits, goals and tools

A content curation primer. Benefits, tools, possible goals, tools, usage cases, data and resources regarding content curation.
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A good overview to get you started with content curation. For example goals:

 

Become a trusted filter and source of valuable and relevant information in a world of noise and thus in a sense, whatever channels you use, become the media by turning these channels into reliable information sources. They key to succeed: focus and audience-centricity.Display thought leadership. Thought leadership nowadays is typically associated with being an influencer, blogger, content creator or well-known person. However, it’s not about that. Real thought leaders are subject matter experts sharing their real experiences and expertise, and answering to questions their target groups and buyer personas have. Knowing where the good information sits can be as valuable as creating it sometimes if you use it to provide value to others.

Content curation is not only for brands. In contrast, it is for you! It is for developing your own personal brand: as a researcher, as a professional, as an academic, as a talent.

 

Start to curate content. This article gets you started, and at the end mentions some tools you can use.

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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | academia | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.

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Some motivational gems you can read every time you start a new writing session - one every day. My favourite, courtesy of Ernest Hemingway: "The first draft of everything is shit."

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 22, 2013 8:05 PM

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”


Neil Gaiman
Nyse's curator insight, May 23, 2013 12:57 AM

Boring antics is something swayed.  i like how some people can express themselves with a glare of wit on another's circumstance.

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So You Want to Blog (Academic Edition) | Inside Higher Ed

So You Want to Blog (Academic Edition) | Inside Higher Ed | academia | Scoop.it
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Really, start your own blog. This piece describes the benefits of blogging (developing voice, collecting academic credentials - I stand to my claim that in not more than 10 years academic blogging and social media influence will be a criterion in tenure and hiring decisions!) and it discusses how blogging differes from other academic writing.

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On being a scientist and a woman: How to finish your PhD in a reasonable number of years

On being a scientist and a woman: How to finish your PhD in a reasonable number of years | academia | Scoop.it
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This post is full of great advice, from what topic / advisor to pick, minimizing class work and volunteering, and even a license to take a day per week off. A little bit top-heavy, since all tips are quite abstract. I also think that for many schools your performance in class will make adifference when it comes to internal rankings. But great read!

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The Rules of Engagement: 3 Tips to Hook your Social Media Audience

The Rules of Engagement: 3 Tips to Hook your Social Media Audience | academia | Scoop.it
Keep reading for a few ideas about how to make your audience care about what you have to say while enticing them to respond to your posts. After all, social media efforts aren’t nearly as powerful if they’re mostly one-sided conversations.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 7, 2013 10:52 AM

As you become more comfortable with social media you’ll discover it only takes a few minutes per day to generate content that resonates with users. However, you can’t stop there. It’s also necessary to monitor your pages and respond back to comments or compliments that you receive.

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, April 8, 2013 2:33 AM

Tres importantes recomendaciones para mejorar la implicación de las personas en nuetsra web.

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Developing Your Personal Brand as an Educator

Developing Your Personal Brand as an Educator | academia | Scoop.it
Over the past sixteen months that #BYOTchat has been in existence, one the coolest things that has happened is that the chat has evolved to more education-centric than tool-centric.  This week, we ...

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A good starting point for getting more serious with self-branding as an educator and/or researcher

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Ken Morrison's comment, May 10, 2013 1:49 AM
Hi Jenn, I don't know you but it probably is not too late. Actually, you have have the 'mystique' factor where other people would be much more interested than you expect to learn more about you. Use branding to give people a taste of who you are. Easier said than done. I have met some people face-to-face who I had followed online. I was surprised at how shy they were. I don't know if you are shy or not? But in the cases I am thinking of, because of their personal branding, we had many common things to talk about.
Jenn Alevy's comment, May 10, 2013 5:37 AM
Thank you Ken for that feedback. I am not shy, lol, I do love my avatar, created by a former student, I love hobbits because I was born on Bilbo and Frodo's birthday and brought up with my dad telling me stories of them when I was little. I work with kids and don't use the brand around them that much but do with my peers. I have yet to find another moniker that is not taken and suits me. Maybe that means I should keep hobbitlibrarian.
Jenn Alevy's comment, May 10, 2013 5:40 AM
On a side not Ken, my folks went to Emporia State back in the 60's
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Trading Up The Chain: How To Make National News in 3 Easy Steps (Ex...

An exclusive graphic from TMIL, brought you you by AMP Energy. For more on the bestselling book: http://amzn.to/LDpleO

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Anoter good reason for academics to blog: If a small charity can trade its blog up into national news coverage, what can you do with your research? As an academic you have influence, first and foremost among your peers and in the classroom. Think about how you can shape the world if you extend your influence into the world through social media?

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, April 20, 2013 3:31 PM
Very good points Joachim! Absolutely agree with you.
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Too posh to promote?

Too posh to promote? | academia | Scoop.it
This post is by Evelyn Tsitas, who is, amongst other things, completing a PhD at RMIT about werewolves, vampires and the nature of being human (yes, I have Topic Envy). The idea for this post emerg...
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This post is a wonderful call-to-action: All you young scholars out there today, those of you who are working on their PhDs, who are early in their career, who still have to make it - it is time to become a networked academic! And this means you have to develop an online persona or brand: be active on social media and have your own blog. After all, in the 21st century it is"promote or perish".

 

Here are the best parts of this post:

 

"Learning how to put on a public persona online is the key to promoting your work. It is also easier if you stand back and see yourself as a brand, rather simply a single product like a thesis, exhibition or book. To do this, I ask students not to focus on the one thing they are working on, but all they have to offer and what makes them unique. I get them to do a SWOT analysis, which might seem odd to creative people.

 

How can you use your research skills to become a public intellectual, rather than a one-monograph wonder? By doing your SWOT, and knowing your brand. Postgraduate students have to narrow their focus for their doctorates. I encourage them to think widely about how to apply their broad areas of expertise to the marketplace. And figure out how to leverage what they know into what is topical, newsworthy and current.

 

It is very 20th century to rely on getting a book contract and think that’s all there is to having a writing career. Or landing a lecturing or research position and believing you can avoid having to dirty your hands by constantly selling your ideas to the world. This is the 21 st century, and you need to play by the new rules. The academic adage is not longer just publish or perish. It is promote or perish."

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Taking notes on secondary sources

Taking notes on secondary sources | academia | Scoop.it
I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve been playing around with taking notes on secondary sources. Not notes in the margins of the books/photocopies, not notes on notebook paper, not no...
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I came across this blog post on note taking via a ping back. Excellent, in depth read - I highly recommend it.

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Being a blogger for 12 months: A Festschrift in Honour of academiPad

Being a blogger for 12 months: A Festschrift in Honour of academiPad | academia | Scoop.it
After 12 months of being a blogger, I reflect on academiPad and give a preview on the next 12 months to come.
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Blogging helps you to get notice online. You should blog about your research and/or teaching, but you can also blog about anything in order to achieve better ranks in search engines. This is my own story of how blogging for academiPad got me started into a new world of marketing.

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The Future of You

The Future of You | academia | Scoop.it
Three trends reshaping your career.
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"The future of you depends on your ability to be a brand, a change agent, and a link to useful information. Paying attention to your personality and managing your reputation (how others see you) will turn you into a successful brand; paying attention to your ideas and defying the status quo will help you become a change agent; and bridging the gap between social knowledge and collective interests will turn you into a hyperconnector."

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Melissa Terras' Blog: Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The Verdict

Melissa Terras' Blog: Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The Verdict | academia | Scoop.it
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Read about this incredibly well researched success story about blogging and tweeting about your published research papers. One more reason to be a social academic - with hard proof.

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Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy - Search Engine Journal

Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy - Search Engine Journal | academia | Scoop.it
Why is social media so important? More people are using social media through their mobile phones, computers, and tablets than talking, calling, emailing an (Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy: Why is social media so...

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A great starting point for developing your social media strategy

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Craig Fleming's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:11 AM

Yeah. Why is it so important?

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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I really liked Sir Robinson's contrast between a culture of compliance and a culture of creativity, when discussing standardized testing. Also, notice how this is a master storyteller at work: his main point of "creative possibilities" is presented using a story about the Death Valley being in blossoms in Spring 2005. A Dormant Valley, not Death Valley.

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Janet Viedge's curator insight, May 13, 2013 5:42 AM

Ah yes, at last, another inspiring talk from Ken Robinson!

Sílvia Zurita's curator insight, May 16, 2013 1:40 PM

Ken Robinson is always interesting. His critical vision of the "no child left behind" project 

PacoRivière's comment, June 15, 2013 9:11 AM
Really interesting 'n inspiring!
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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes | academia | Scoop.it
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...

Via Susan Bainbridge
academiPad's insight:

This is a must read for everybody who needs to be creative - that is everybody. Some tips include carving out time, making this non-negotiable, and recognizing that you have to work yourself into your creative zone are only some of the things discussed. Plus you get to watch a video on the topic from John Cleese - come one, JOHN CLEESE! Great read!!

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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:35 AM

Creativity is essential as a skill for this century.

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:25 AM

If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.

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Academics' Online Presence Guidelines Handbook


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This is a very comprehensive guide (28 pages), but it is absolutely worth spending some time with!

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:12 PM

Although this resource focuses on academics' online presence, the principles are relevant to wider community. Think about your online presence as: 1)your digital footprint (your active contribution andinteraction with the online world, that is, content that you add to the web,profiles that you set up, and comments you make on blogs and news articles); AND 2) your digital shadow (the content about you that is posted and uploaded by others as well as automatically generated and collated content). The authors of this handbook argue you should try and maximise the former and watch the later,especially as it is difficult to control.

academiPad's comment, May 10, 2013 3:36 PM
This looks really great!
Melissa A. Venable's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:33 PM

Academics' online presence guidelines: A four step guide to taking control of your visibility
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License.

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Twitter Chat Schedule | TweetReports.com

Most extensive list of Twitter Chats. Schedule includes chat hashtag, topic, description, moderators, day, and time of each Twitter chat. Add your TweetChat for free

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Whatever your field, you want to engage with others and exchange ideas. Tweetchat are not a perfect way to do this, but they are  ot to be discounted either. Here is a massive list for you to check out what tweetchats are important for you, and when they are on. If you don't find anything for you, which I doubt, then start your own! :)

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:00 PM

With thanks to Dave Cutler (@CutlerDave) who kindly shared this. 

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Why grad schools should require students to blog | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

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Maria presents very strong arguments in this post for why blogging is a very important part of academic life, something that should start in grad school. It helps you practice your writing, develop and research ideas that span disciplinary boundaries, and helps you to clearly explain your research ideas. If one idea is missing in this wonderful writing is that blogging also helps you to brand yourself as a researcer. I am convinced that, sometime in the near future, your "social impact" will be a small but growing decision criterion for hiring, renewal and tenure decisions alongside the traditional research, teaching and service.

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What do employers really want from college grads?

What do employers really want  from college grads? | academia | Scoop.it
Marketplace teamed up with The Chronicle of Higher Education to ask employers what they look for in job candidates
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Employers are unhappy with the quality of college grads we are producing. What is one of the things that is missed the most? The ability to think for oneself, to develop ideas and to support them with reason and fact:

 

“We do that because we ask them to look at the process – the abstract process – of organizing ideas”.


I think my Real World Learning approach and rigurously pushing my students to orient and substantiate their ideas with theories and frameworks is going the right way.

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The Bias Against Creatives as Leaders

The Bias Against Creatives as Leaders | academia | Scoop.it
Bad news: studies show that creatives are often overlooked as leaders. Good news: the bias can be overcome.
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I had this discussion in class today that analytical skills aren't enough to succeed in the business world, but that one needs to show something else, too. I was aiming for creativity, but a student offered leadership. Fair point! Then I came across this article, which pitches these two skills against each other. For all you creatives out there, here is something to keep in mind to remind others of how great leaders we are!

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A 21st Century Teaching Methodology for an 18th Century Educational Ideal | Joachim Scholz

A 21st Century Teaching Methodology for an 18th Century Educational Ideal | Joachim Scholz | academia | Scoop.it

This is how I updated my teaching methodology to radically embrace Real World Learning, Collaborative Learning, and Student Empowerment... and what technology I am using to create a digitally enriched learning environment.

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