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U21 has published new research into national education systems gives the first ranking of countries which are the ‘best’ at providing higher education.

The Universitas 21 ranking of national higher education systems has been developed to highlight the importance of creating a strong environment for higher education institutions to contribute to economic and cultural development, provide a high-quality experience for students and help institutions compete for overseas applicants.

Research authors at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, looked at the most recent data from 48 countries and territories across 20 different measures. The measures are grouped under four headings: resources (investment by government and private sector), output (research and its impact, as well as the production of an educated workforce which meets labour market needs), connectivity (international networks and collaboration which protects a system against insularity) and environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and participation opportunities). It also takes population size into account and produces some interesting results.

Overall, the top five countries, nominally providing the 'best' higher education were found to be the United States, Sweden, Canada, Finland and Denmark. However, broken down into the smaller sections, it was interesting to see that the US, traditionally seen as a country with one of the strongest education systems, did not always hit the top spot. Government funding of higher education as a percentage of GDP is highest in Finland, Norway and Denmark. Taking private expenditure into account changed this significantly: on that measure funding is highest in the United States, South Korea, Canada and Chile, unsurprising, given the structure in these counties.

Some other interesting findings showed that investment in Research and Development is highest in Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Unsurprisingly, the United States dominates the total output of research journal articles, but when viewed as a percentage of articles per head of population, Sweden is top of the ranking.

The highest participation rates in higher education are in South Korea, Finland, Greece, United States, Canada and Slovenia. The countries with the largest proportion of workers with a higher level education are Russia, Canada, Israel, United States, Ukraine, Taiwan and Australia. Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Norway and Japan have the highest ratio of researchers in the economy.

International students form the highest proportions of total student numbers in Australia, Singapore, Austria, United Kingdom and Switzerland, yet international research collaboration is most prominent in Indonesia, Switzerland, Hong Kong SAR, Denmark, Belgium and Austria. China, India. Japan and the United States rank in the bottom 25 per cent of countries for international research collaboration. In all but eight countries at least 50 per cent of students were female, the lowest being in India and Korea. In only five countries were there at least 50 per cent female staff; the lowest being in Japan and Iran.

The full report can be downloaded below, or click on the link below for further details, data and breakdown of results.

 

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How to Produce and Deliver the Best Presentations in the World

How to Produce and Deliver the Best Presentations in the World | Bioinformatics Training | Scoop.it

Take your presentation to the next level by checking out these tips on how to produce and deliver a killer presentation. Content and Slide design are probably the two most important aspects of creating an amazing presentation, but both of them will be for nothing if you do not have any passion or put your heart into the topic you are presenting about...


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Light- induced electron transfer and ATP synthesis in a carotene synthesizing insect : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

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A singular adaptive phenotype of a parthenogenetic insect species (Acyrthosiphon pisum) was selected in cold conditions and is characterized by a remarkable apparition of a greenish colour.

-first eveidence for photosynthesis in insects


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The Importance of "21st Century Skills" - MediaCAST Blog

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Lately there has been a fair amount of pressure on educators to cultivate “21st century skills” in their students. But what exactly does this mean?

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Big Predictions About Big Data

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Taylor & Francis Online :: Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives - Volume 17, Issue sup1

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom - Video on TED.com

TED Talks In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast.

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Video Curation Tools: Auto-Collect, Save and Organize Your Favorite Clips with Vidque

Video Curation Tools: Auto-Collect, Save and Organize Your Favorite Clips with Vidque | Bioinformatics Training | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Vidque is a web service which allows you to easily collect video clips from any website, RSS feed or Twitter account as they are published automatically. You can then later tag, edit the related info for each to help your collections stay organized.

 

From the official site: "Vidque is a free curation platform designed to help discover, filter and archive online video content. Controlled and curated by its users, Vidque aims to simplify the discovery of quality video content through the joint effort of the online community."

 

Vidque allows you to follow other Vidque users and to see and save all of the content they share. 

 

Vidque is also capable of auto-collecting all of the video clips that are in one page by simply providing the reference URL of that web page.

 

All saved clips end up in your "collection", which can be viewed also according to the tags you have associated with each saved clip.

 

How it works: http://vidque.com/about_overview

 

Find out more: http://vidque.com/

 

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SlideKlowd - create real-time interaction with students

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SlideKlowd uses Cloud-based technology to send your presentation to an audience member’s mobile device; allowing them to respond, interact & participate.

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Want to Get 70 Billion Copies of Your Book In Print? Print It In DNA | The Loom | Discover Magazine

Want to Get 70 Billion Copies of Your Book In Print? Print It In DNA | The Loom | Discover Magazine | Bioinformatics Training | Scoop.it

"I have been meaning to read a book coming out soon called Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. It’s written by Harvard biologist George Church and science writer Ed Regis. Church is doing stunning work on a number of fronts, from creating synthetic microbes to sequencing human genomes, so I definitely am interested in what he has to say. I don’t know how many other people will be, so I have no idea how well the book will do. But in a tour de force of biochemical publishing, he has created 70 billion copies. Instead of paper and ink, or pdf’s and pixels, he’s used DNA.

Much as pdf’s are built on a digital system of 1s and 0s, DNA is a string of nucleotides, which can be one of four different types. Church and his colleagues turned his whole book–including illustrations–into a 5.27 MB file–which they then translated into a sequence of DNA. They stored the DNA on a chip and then sequenced it to read the text. The book is broken up into little chunks of DNA, each of which has a portion of the book itself as well as an address to indicate where it should go. They recovered the book with only 10 wrong bits out of 5.27 million. Using standard DNA-copying methods, they duplicated the DNA into 70 billion copies.
Scientists have stored little pieces of information in DNA before, but Church’s book is about 1,000 times bigger. I doubt anyone would buy a DNA edition of Regenesis on Amazon, since they’d need some expensive equipment and a lot of time to translate it into a format our brains can comprehend. But the costs are crashing, and DNA is a far more stable medium than that hard drive on your desk that you’re waiting to die. In fact, Regenesis could endure for centuries in its genetic form. Perhaps librarians of the future will need to get a degree in biology…"

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The OER mix in higher education: purpose, process, product, and policy

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PLOS ONE Launches Synthetic Biology Collection | EveryONE

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By Rachel Bernstein

"Today PLOS ONE is happy to announce the launch of the Synthetic Biology Collection, including over 50 papers published in the last six years that illustrate the many facets of this dynamically evolving research area.

Synthetic biology is an innovative emerging field that exists at the intersection of many traditional disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and engineering, with aims to create biological systems that can be programmed to do useful things like produce drugs or biofuels, among other applications. Despite its potential, the heavily interdisciplinary nature of the research can make it difficult to publish in traditional discipline-specific journals.

However, PLOS ONE’s broad scope allows for the publication of work crossing many traditional research boundaries, making it an ideal venue for many different types of synthetic biology research. For example, the papers in the collection cover topics including DNA synthesis and assembly, standardized biological “parts” akin to interchangeable mechanical parts, protein engineering, and complex network and pathway analysis and modeling, as described in the Collection Overview written by collection editors Jean Peccoud of Virginia Tech and Mark Isalan of the Centre for Genomic Regulation.

The Collection has roots in PLOS ONE’s very first issue, which included two publications from the field. Since then, the number of synthetic biology articles published in the journal has grown steadily. The collection launched today highlights selected synthetic biology articles published in PLOS ONE since 2006, and it is intended to be a growing resource that will be updated regularly with new papers as the field continues to grow and develop.

Collection Citation: Synthetic Biology (2012) PLOS Collections: http://www.ploscollections.org/syntheticbiology"

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Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time

Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time | Bioinformatics Training | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Beth Kanter for Socialbrite and this is great for curators just starting out or a refresher for those of you who have been doing this for a while.

 

She tells you why curation is an important tool in your content strategy and gives you some good suggestions on how to do it effectively which I'm going to focus on here. Curation requires time and energy, and Beth's process really works because I'm doing this myself.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Manage you attention, not just your time

 

**Don't just create a to-do list; lay it out on a daily and weekly schedules, breaking down key tasks of the project into chunks.

 

**Consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires and schedule accordingly

 

**Establish rituals: Rituals in your work life are valuable. A mindmap offers a lot of good suggestions for rituals

 

**Managing email and other distractions: Turn off notifications that pop up on your computer, iPad or moble.

 

**Just say no - it's important to engage with your community on social networks but you have to find the right balance. When you're curating, it requires focus, it's best to schedule this first, then do your community management, check your email unless something requires your immediate attention. When you have a plan, it makes everything easier.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See full article here: [http://bit.ly/MyQ1Nw]


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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students

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27 Free Tools to Collaborate, Hold Discussions and Backchannel With Students (Educational Technology and M-Learning).


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Big Data: What Do You Think It Is?

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"Big Data" is the technology that is supposedly reshaping the data center. Sure, the data center isn't as fun a topic as the iPad, but without the data center supplying the cloud with apps, iPads wouldn't nearly as much fun either.

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Dealing with massive data from miniscule communities - R & D Magazine

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Dealing with massive data from miniscule communitiesR & D MagazineThe interesting twist is that the team created a solution using small computers, a novel approach considering most bioinformatics research focuses on supercomputers, Brown said.

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Digital Curation: A Comprehensive Resource Guide

Digital Curation: A Comprehensive Resource Guide | Bioinformatics Training | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Excellent guide to digital curation resources by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.. It includes alphabetically organized lists of digital-curation related resources from academic programs to file formats, guidelines, organizations, blogs, and a very rich list of digital curation software tools.  

 

From the site: "This resource guide presents selected English-language websites and documents that are useful in understanding and conducting digital curation. It is also available as an EPUB file (see How to Read EPUB Files)."

 

Excellent. 9/10

 

Full guide: http://digital-scholarship.org/dcrg/dcrg.htm

 

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Successful healthcare analytics begin with the right data blueprint : IBM White Paper

Regulatory and market issues are driving change within healthcare provider organizations. eaningful Use and Affordable Care Act regulatory requirements are leading the shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance reimbursement. Consumer advocacy groups and individual consumers are demanding better consumer safety, access and value, as well as higher-quality, patient-centric care. Payer organizations are mandating more cost-effective and efficient care. And growing competition is putting pressure on organizations to increase referrals, revenues and profitability. To address regulatory and market pressures, healthcare provider organizations must look for ways to build more sustainable healthcare systems that control costs, boost operating margins, grow market share, improve care collaboration and outcomes, and flexibly respond to changing conditions. One way for organizations to achieve these goals is with enterprise analytics systems. In the short term, these systems can help organizations:

 

• Measure and track progress against the metrics required to ensure reimbursement for services.
• Demonstrate compliance with various consumer and payer quality rankings.
• Prove that care is being delivered cost effectively and efficiently. In the long term, analytics systems can provide organizations with the comprehensive understanding of operational and
clinical processes and costs they will need to improve financial, administrative and clinical decision making, increase operational efficiency, improve patient safety and care quality, and reduce fraud. Analytics also help healthcare organizations meet future business requirements, including:

• Identifying process and cost inefficiencies by determining the true cost of delivering care by patient population.

• Decreasing the risks of hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions by analyzing vital indicator trends in patients.
• Increasing profitability by managing resource and utilization costs and identifying the best services to invest in or to outsource.

 

Health systems will be challenged to deliver enterprise-wide analytics at the current rate of change and transformation within the healthcare industry. Provider organizations need a strategic blueprint and additional skills to successfully implement an enterprise-wide strategy. The skills required include a deep knowledge of how to converge complex data across clinical, operational and financial domains to deliver trusted and meaningful insights that drive new business decisions and transform healthcare.


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Back to School App-pack

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A rather comprehensive bag of tools for enhanced learning


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Is the “Hype” on Swine Flu for the Birds or People or All of the Above? - National Geographic

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