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The Net is a place

The Net is a place | AJCann | Scoop.it

The latest Pew Internet study confirms what most of suspect was the case: “Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time, particularly young adults under 30. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.” And this also confirms an idea many of us have been proposing for a decade and a half or so: The Internet is a place. It is a weird place in which proximity is determined by interest, rather than being a space in which interests are kept apart by distances. It is a place in which nearness defeats distance. It is a place, not just a space, because spaces are empty but places are saturated with meaning: Place is space that has been made to matter to us. The Internet is a place.

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"In revealing the transformatory moment of learning technology, a holistic and ongoing critique that is related to a range of socio-cultural factors is required. This critique further uncovers the social relations that frame the place of learning technology in bourgeois capitalist work and the development of the knowledge economy. This article argues that critical social theory, and the social and power relationships that it highlights, is central to the uncovering of this revelation. As a result of a holistic, or totalising, analysis based upon the political economy of technology in education, a framework that enables educators to examine its educational value is uncovered. Iterating and re-producing this framework works as a constant critique of educational practice within capitalism, and critiques deterministic or hegemonic views of technology-as-progress. As a result, this article seeks to demonstrate how critical social theory might enable educators to analyse learning technology as historically situated, and thereby to use critique to reveal and produce practical alternatives to socio-cultural problems."

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How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011 | AJCann | Scoop.it

Two Key Online Reading Trends in 2011:
1. Social networks are even more important now in finding news and articles to read.

2. Iterations in iPad and popular reading apps; along with increased competition in both tablet and reading app markets.

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A convenient untruth

A convenient untruth | AJCann | Scoop.it

One of the biggest myths known to teacherdom is learning styles. Time and time again, the belief that students can be placed into specific categories such as activist or theorist, or that they are predominantly inclined toward one modal category of learning (e.g. visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) is inserted into professional conversations as if the theories are fact. And time and again, such beliefs are the justification for placing students into a specific style of learning so that a class can be 'managed' more effectively. Such categorisation of students is an absolute nonsense and the practice of doing so should be challenged strongly. It is lazy pedagogy, and the only reason I see that such beliefs persist, is that it is a convenient untruth which allows some teachers to stay within their comfort zones.

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For every blog, there is a season

For every blog, there is a season | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Just as reaching the end of a good book feels like demise writ small, so, too, does shutting down a blog. A blog's promise, encapsulated in its reverse chronology, is that there will always be another post, even if the reader doesn't know when. Putting a stake in the sand makes that piece of life recede into the distance, time letting words drift ever farther away."

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Revision bingo

Bingo can be a versatile and engaging tool for spicing up end-of-module revision and other contexts in which course content is being reviewed. Instead of numbers being called out, students are given a verbal clue that fits with one of the answers on their playing grid. Get five correct answers in any straight line (including either of the major diagonals) and they win the game. The interactive and light-hearted medium of a bingo game can provide motivation for study and enhance learning by the students. Protein revision bingo is included as an example.

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Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins

Some Thoughts on Poetry and Pornography as Experimental Twins | AJCann | Scoop.it

It is commonplace that pornography is the avant-garde of all media. When new technologies arise, the pornographers are there first, too. Every time there has been a significant shift in marketplace rules, even if the technology is broadly unchanged, the pornographers are the first to figure it out. What is however far less frequently discussed is poetry. Poets and pornographers have nothing to lose. No commercial opportunity in the former case, no prestige in the latter. Conversely, they have very clear goals, too: prestige in the former case, money in the latter.

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The science of choosing where to study

The science of choosing where to study | AJCann | Scoop.it

"So, just what is the best physics department in the country? Here's the answer: nobody knows and nobody can tell you. You can come up with all the metrics you want on student satisfaction, contact time, employment rates and so on, but the whole concept of what the "best" course for Student X is so tied up with softer issues that it's impossible - and not desirable - to render that choice down to a statistical measure."

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Has China found the future of publishing?

Has China found the future of publishing? | AJCann | Scoop.it

Back to the future. It's Dickens, Poe and the Golden Age of science fiction all over again already.

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New Head of JISC appointed

New Head of JISC appointed | AJCann | Scoop.it

Martyn Harrow, Director of Information Services at Cardiff University, has been appointed as Head of JISC for a fixed term of 9-18 months from 1 February 2012. Martyn will succeed Dr Malcolm Read who retires as Head of JISC in January 2012 after 18 years in post.

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Capitalism can’t just be about money

Capitalism can’t just be about money | AJCann | Scoop.it

"We need to pay serious attention to our innovation system. Patents are useful in some circumstances but seem to be distorting the computing industry. There is far too little attention being paid to ideas that really matter, such as low-carbon technology or antibiotics."

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Socratic Backfire?

Socratic Backfire? | AJCann | Scoop.it

Some students didn't take well to Steven Maranville’s teaching style at Utah Valley University. They complained that in the professor’s “capstone” business course, he asked them questions in class even when they didn't raise their hands. They also didn't like it when he made them work in teams. Those complaints against him led the university denying him tenure – a decision amounting to firing, according to a lawsuit Maranville filed against the university this month. Maranville, his lawyer and the university aren't talking about the case, although the suit details the dispute.

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The iPad's third coming #UoLTUG

The iPad's third coming #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

Other tablet makers have been reduced to offering individual products rather than integrated media platforms. They delude themselves if they think they can charge the same (as they have tried) as Apple for their various iPad wannabes—even if they deliver more bang for the buck technically. The only ones to understand this reality are the booksellers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Both provide stripped-down tablets masquerading as e-readers for half, or less, of what it costs to buy a basic iPad 2. So, unless you are looking for a cheap tablet that lacks a camera, cellular connection, gyroscope and other bells and whistles, but works brilliantly as an e-reader, buy an iPad 2.

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Garden sheds make men happy and healthy

Garden sheds make men happy and healthy | AJCann | Scoop.it

The rather gimmicky coverage of sheds in the news should not distract from the important questions raised by the article of how European men’s health could be improved, perhaps by following the example of the Aussies.

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RCUK launches new system for logging research ‘impact’ - but WTF is 'impact"?

"What's missing here, of course, is any definition of what impact 'is'. So how are academics supposed to work this out?"

"This article is about 'RCUK impact', not 'REF impact'. Just to confuse matters, RCUK and REF use different notions of 'impact'."

"Once the REF had been introduced, there were bound to be all kinds of sub-schemes to operationalize it. As there are operationalizations of astrology and the like."

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Billy Bragg Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards 2011

One leap forwards, two leaps back
Chuck out Berlusconi and put in a technocrat
Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards.

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Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Oh, I know, you have thought about digital a lot. You’ve got digitisation projects. You’re aggregating metadata. You’re offering Any Questions-type services where people can email a librarian.

But these are bolt-ons. You’ve added digital after the fact. You probably have special digital groups, probably (hopefully) made up of younger people than the usual library employee. Congratulations, you just reproduced Microsoft’s strategy: let’s build a few digital bolt-ons for our existing products. Then let’s have some advance R&D guys working on the future while the rest of us get on with it. But think about that for a second. What are the rest of us working on, if those young kids are working on the future? Ah, it must be the past."

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Universities to pay cash incentives to attract students

Universities to pay cash incentives to attract students | AJCann | Scoop.it

Institutions across the country, including City University London, and Leicester, Surrey and Northumbria universities, are introducing payments to attract candidates with the best exam grades.

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From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it

From Hemingway to Twitterature: The Short and Shorter of it | AJCann | Scoop.it

With every status update and tweet, the millions of individuals on social-networking sites are more than staying connected—they are reading, writing, editing, distilling, and interpreting the written word more than any generation in history. In doing so, they are helping develop Fiction 2.0: a fascinating marriage of character-count restrictions and the network effect that has created a new category of short-form content and narrative experimentation. This paper explores five of these new fiction prototypes—twitterature, nanofiction, crowd-sourced narratives, infographics, and $0.00 stories—in order to better understand how the e-age will cross-pollinate foreign concepts like “install-base” with familiar ones like “readership.”

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Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted?

Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Can it be right or acceptable that in an age of 24/7 communication you submit an article, wait months for feedback and then – in the happy event that the revised work is accepted – the article is finally published maybe a year later. Currency? Relevance? Agency for change? And if it is printed, you then have the issue of it being read by three people and a dog."

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To What Extent Do Multiple Copies of Papers Affect Download Statistics?

To What Extent Do Multiple Copies of Papers Affect Download Statistics? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"If the aim of research papers is to have an impact and open access can enhance this goal, then surely we need to accept the fragmentation of resources, including research publications. Looking at the metrics for the papers listed above it does seem that where a paper is available from multiple locations this enhances the numbers of downloads and subsequent citations although I would welcome a more rigourous analysis."

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JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content

JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content | AJCann | Scoop.it

Pioneer? Some of us have been doing it for years ;-)

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The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing | AJCann | Scoop.it

Students will be able to find out which universities lead to the best jobs and the highest lifetime earnings in new data to be collected for the first time.

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iPad pilot project reveals limitations as an instructional tool #UoLTUG

iPad pilot project reveals limitations as an instructional tool #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

Fifty-two percent said that they used the iPad to present websites. Thirty-nine percent used the iPad in the classroom to share videos and presentations. And 30 percent stated that they used it for presenting Blackboard and PDFs.

When asked which apps were most helpful, those mentioned most frequently were: Safari, Mail, Keynote, iAnnotate, GoodReader, Evernote, Pages, Dropbox, Blackboard Mobile and YouTube.

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